Stop koalas becoming industry casualties
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Koalas have become the silent victims of international paper production. ABC’s 7.30 has exposed the maiming and killing of countless koalas on plantations in Victoria and South Australia.
With dwindling natural habitats, some koalas have turned to Blue Gum plantations for refuge. But now, as these plantations are being cut down, an animal welfare disaster is unfolding.
With no apparent plan to relocate the local inhabitants, and without any government monitoring, trees are simply being cut down with animals still in them.
Volunteer wildlife carers are struggling to keep up with the number of casualties — koalas suffering from broken limbs and backs, severed arms and impact wounds. Many more don’t even survive the fall. Witnesses have even described injured koalas still on the felled trees as they are pulled through the shredders.
The Victorian Department for Environment & Primary Industries has admitted that they rely on timber companies to self-report wildlife issues. Yet the international companies that run the plantations continue to deny there’s any problem.
What’s clear is that self-regulation is failing, and stronger protection for wildlife is needed. At a minimum, the detection, capture and relocation of koalas (and other at risk wildlife) needs to occur under government supervision before forest areas are logged.
Koalas urgently need you to be their voice. Please call on the Ministers responsible in Victoria and South Australia to stop the tragic killing of koalas and introduce stronger protection for wildlife.
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on paper our lives
are important to you.
but from paper
our chance to
have lives will be
you cut down our habitats,
where can we go.
we are one of your
we deserve better,
cuddly koalas please don’t cut us down.
Karen Lyons Kalmenson