Sign the petition to prevent death, destruction and extinctions caused by harmful invasive species!
Australia has the worst mammalian extinction record in the world and cats have contributed to two thirds of these species’ demise.
Please act today to help prevent further deaths.
The stats are jaw-dropping. Each year in Australia, new peer-reviewed evidence has revealed cats kill an estimated:
Overall we lose over 2 billion animals to cats alone each year — a devastating toll.
Cats have already contributed to over 20 native mammal extinctions already. And they still threaten the survival of at least another 124 native Australian animals on the brink.
Australia is in an extinction crisis. This is an emergency. There is political support for action on cats, but given the scale of the threat to our precious wildlife, much more needs to be done.
Add your voice now and help us take 50,000 signatures to Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek.
Together we can loudly call for increased funding and urgent action to stop invasive species-led destruction, deaths and extinctions in Australia.
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Dear National Deer Management Coordinator,
Please accept this as a submission to the National Feral Deer Action Plan.
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I am very concerned about the spread of deer and am pleased that a national plan has finally been developed. Without urgent action, funding and commitment from all levels of government it is clear that feral deer will continue to spread and damage our environment.
The feral deer population in Australia is growing rapidly and spreading across the country, damaging our natural environment, causing havoc for farmers and foresters and threatening public safety. Unlike much of the world where deer are native, our plants and wildlife haven’t evolved to deal with these heavy hard hooved animals with a voracious appetite.
With no natural predators and an ability to adapt to almost all environments, they could occupy almost all of Australia unless stopped. Despite this, state and territory governments have been slow to respond and in Victoria and Tasmania they are still protected by law for the enjoyment of hunters.
This plan should be adopted by all governments but must also be underpinned by dedicated funding and clear responsibilities. A plan without funding or accountability is a plan that will fail and Australia cannot afford for this to fail.
In order to prevent the spread of feral deer and reduce their impact on our native wildlife, ecosystems and agriculture, I ask that the following recommendations be adopted for the final National Feral Deer Action Plan:
1. All federal, state and territory governments should adopt the National Feral Deer Action Plan and declare feral deer to be a priority pest animal species.
2. All federal, state and territory governments should commit to:
3. In order to drive action and the success of this plan, there should be dedicated Commonwealth funding and support for:
4. The expected outcomes for the plan need to be more ambitious, with clear interim targets including:
5. A national feral deer containment map with three zones should be adopted. It should be more ambitious than the zone map in the current draft plan and there should be greater clarity in the naming of the zones. Improvements that should be adopted include:
6. There should be consistent laws and regulations across all states and territories that:
I support the follow principles being adopted in the final National Feral Deer Action Plan: