Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Wildlife Protection Association of Australia Inc has been monitoring wildlife incidents since 1997, and notes that the illegal killing of wildlife has increased dramatically during the last 12 years. In earlier years, wildlife shooting and other incidents occurred each couple of months, but now in 2009 there are incidents of illegal killing and injuring of wildlife across Australia every week, or more.

Mostly it involves the illegal shooting of kangaroos, but also wombats and other wildlife are being targeted. Bow and arrow attacks on kangaroos have also become much more prevalent in last few years. Hunting bows can be freely purchased from any secondhand shop.

Some incidents include a live possum thrown on a hot barbeque on Keppel Island, a koala having its feet chopped off at Kallangur in Queensland, flying foxes shot and burnt near Mackay, and many incidents of kangaroos and wallabies being shot with bow and arrows, or chased in a vehicle and run over. A large number of crows and magpies have been found poisoned. The offences are widespread throughout the country, often on Parks, Golf Clubs or University grounds after hours. Victoria, NSW, Queensland and West Australia seem to host the worst and most frequent offences. Just last week a kangaroo was sighted hopping around on the Yanchep Golf Club in WA with an arrow through it's body, and this week another was killed with a bow and arrow at Mandura, South of Perth, which has hosted three bow and arrow attacks on kangaroos in the last three weeks prior to Christmas.

Since 1997 the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia Inc has been monitoring news outlets and wildlife group newsletters about these incidents for our weekly eZine, Wildlife Bytes. A very noticable increase in wildlife killings and cruelty offences against wildlife has occured in the last few years. Boredom may play a role in this escalation of attacks, but guns and bows and arrows are easily obtainable, legally or through the blackmarket, and thought to be the main reason.

Also State Governments hand out Permits over the phone to primary producers and others to kill wildlife, so that's creating a perception in some sections of the community that wildlife has no value, and anyone can kill it.

Four years ago, in a letter to former Prime Minister John Howard, the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia Inc asked for another gun buyback to reduce gun offences against wildlife. In his reply, the PM admitted there was a gun problem, but said no buyback was being planned. With Climate Change, hunting, and habitat loss having a dramatic impact on our wildlife populations, every native animal and bird needs to be protected.

In just the first 3 weeks of 2010, a live wallaby was found in WA with both ears cut off, 2 possums and 2 cockatoos were shot in Victoria with a bow and arrow, and again in Victoria someone put a possum and her baby in a sack and dumped it on the side of the road. In Queensland this week someone shot a koala and then shot her baby. The violence against wildlife has to stop.

Pat O'Brien, President, WPAA

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Wildlife Protection Association of Australia Inc

Our Vision is to secure a future where our wildlife is free to live and prosper in a safe and natural environment. Our Mission is to to conserve and protect the wildlife of Australia by all lawful means. The members of WPAA are dedicated and committed to the principles of wildlife protection. We are a non-profit community-based group pledged to campaign against all actions which threaten the current or future of our wildlife, and to promote positive community attitudes towards wildlife through advocacy, communication and education.
Pat O'Brien
P: 0408 711344


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