Archive | 2014

Yellow crazy ants eradication funded

The Invasive Species Council has praised Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, for providing $2 million for a 5-year eradication program of yellow crazy ants after the Queensland Government withdrew funds late in 2012. This project will have long-term benefits for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area if the yellow crazy ants are eradicated. Eradication of…

Coles dismisses complaint about weedy plant

One of our supporters, Clinton Garrett, contacted us with  his attempts to ask Coles to stop selling a weedy plant at its stores in South Australia. Clinton asked Coles to respond to the following inquiry: I see that our local Coles supermarket is selling an Ornithogalum cultivar “Chesapeake Snowflake”. It is drought resistant and like most…

Tallying eradications in Australia: please help us make a comprehensive list

Prevention is best, but where invasive species have established, eradication, if feasible, is far better than long-term containment and control. This is the well-known hierarchy of desirable responses to invasive species. With red imported fire ants, targeted for eradication in Queensland, eradication failure would lead to damage and control costs of an estimated $43 billion…

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Hunting Changes in NSW Fail to Address the Problem

In October the NSW Parliament passed legislation abolishing the NSW Game Council in response to the backlash against the proposal for recreational hunting in national parks. While the abolition may see the end of the counter productive influence on feral animal control by the NSW Game Council, the fear is that recreational hunting may now…

1080 and animal welfare: a complicated equation

There is no doubt many animals suffer from invasive species management: when they are wounded rather than killed instantly, when trapped for hours or made ill by poison. Preventing or minimising animal suffering should be a high priority goal for ethical control programs. The welfare of many more animals – probably multiples more – is…

Justice for animals requires controlling invasive species

If you care about wildlife, the Animal Justice Party (AJP) has some strong election policies.[1] But aspects of their policies relevant to invasive species are poor for both animal welfare and conservation. The AJP policy on introduced animals downplays the great damage they cause, and their policy on feral horses completely neglects the welfare of…

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Number 1 Seabird Threat

A new conservation issue emerged a couple of decades ago when Tasmanian wildlife officer Nigel Brothers showed that fishing operations were driving down albatross and petrel numbers by accidentally killing them as bycatch. The threat of long-line fishing caught public attention and led to reformed fishing practices, though seabird numbers continue to fall.[1] An issue…

Barely a squeak on one of nature’s biggest killers

THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A MORE RECENT ARTICLE ON THE SAME SUBJECT PUBLISHED 4 SEP 2013 What have we heard so far about tackling the growing threat from invasive species in the upcoming federal election? So far, the two main political parties have been silent on environmental biosecurity – despite invasive species being…

National survey results reveal invasive species rank as greatest threat to Australia’s native plants and animals

A national survey of conservation, government and landcare groups in Australia has revealed that weeds, invasive animals, and ‘all invasive species’ rank just above habitat loss as the greatest threats to the country’s native plants and animals.

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Victoria makes deer control easier

The Victorian Government announced on 11 July that it has made it easier to control deer on private land. This is great news for deer control and for landholders, who previously had to apply for a permit and then abide by conditions that specified numbers they could kill and that prohibited night shooting, which is…

Does the end of the Game Council deal with hunters’ failed feral animal control?

The abolition of the NSW Game Council from July 2013 was a watershed in the way the NSW Government deals with recreational hunting. But is the job finished? Up until that point, governments led by Labor and then the Liberal/Nationals coalition had kowtowed to the demands of the Shooters Party and progressively expanded hunting on…