State of confusion: Protection of wildlife in Victoria
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As of 25/02/2020 - 88 Australian species in Victoria were subject to control by shooting, a subset of those species (22) were further subject to control by trapping or gassing, again a subset of those on the shoot list were also subject to control by trapping and shooting, a further subset of species (12) were subject to control by destruction of eggs and nests.
“So an ATCW permit holder in Victoria can shoot Australian Fur Seals or Pacific Herons, trap and gas Brown Antechinus or destroy the nest (and presumably the young) of a Black Swan. All this represents suffering and cruelty at enormous scale. Not one is likely to be supervised” Peter Hylands 2020
Method of killing Australian wildlife in Victoria as recommended and authorised by the Victorian Government listed in italic after the name (supplied DELWP 25/2/2020):
The list and number of wildlife to be ‘controlled’ in Victoria are greater than those shown above (which are all on the kill list). It should be noted that within the government tables that provide this information there is an UNSPECIFIED category, which according to the environment department, means scare. While the UNSPECIFIED category has been applied as an alternative in the government table and to many of the species above, there is little evidence, and the department has not been able to provide any, that scaring is an option that is much used for those species listed above (Flying Foxes and a couple of bird species aside). The bullet is by far the most favoured method of ‘control’.
“Before attempting to rehabilitate an animal in an area where population reduction is currently authorised for that species, the long-term welfare of the individual must be carefully considered. The stress of the treatment must be justified in view of habitat suitability, resource availability and potential for future population management at the release site”. Victorian Government, Minister for Agriculture, Published in the Victorian Government Gazette, 23 November 2000
The actual number of native animals now being killed in Victoria with government sanction and all too often promotional activities, is staggering. This behaviour is entirely the opposite to what the function of government, in relation to the environment and conservation of native species, ought to be. How did Victoria get to this?
“The conservation, welfare and sustainability of wildlife is under increasing pressure from threats such as loss and fragmentation of habitat, introduced pests such as foxes and cats, illegal take from the wild, wildlife trafficking, climate change and growing human populations. All activities involving wildlife must consider impacts on individual animal welfare and on sustainability of populations”. Victorian Government, February 2022
It is important to note that the ATCW approval documents for control of wildlife, given to the applicants who want to destroy wildlife, have the following categories for the destruction of wildlife (there is no scaring option on the approval form):
All the completed forms I have seen have the shoot option circled, on occasional forms no method was selected.
We all have a good sense that destroying the natural environment, ever bringing human populations in closer contact to increasingly stressed wildlife, the bush meat trade (an industrial scale trade in Australia including Victoria, and increasingly it is the case that mixed species, wild caught, are transported and stored together before processing) and factory farms, are a combination that has the potential to be very dangerous for human populations globally.
“A number of diseases can be transmitted to humans from wild animals. These diseases are called 'zoonoses', and some can be fatal. All wildlife rehabilitators should respect the potential for disease transmission and use sound preventative measures”. Victorian Government, Minister for Agriculture, Published in the Victorian Government Gazette 23 November 2000
Also from the Victorian Government Gazette, some commonly occurring zoonotic diseases are:
“Victorian Kangaroo meat is set to be tossed on to barbecues in the new year as the Andrews government approves the Aussie icon being processed for human consumption”. Weekly Times, December 2020
“All hunted macropod species (commercial as well as non-commercial hunt) show a positive seroprevalence for T. gondii. This seroprevalence is influenced by various factors, such as sex or habitat…Despite this risk, neither Australia nor New Zealand currently have food safety checks against food borne pathogens. These conditions can pose a significant health risk to the population. Especially, since cases of toxoplasmosis have already been successfully traced back to insufficiently cooked Kangaroo meat in the past”. Toxoplasma gondii in Australian macropods (Macropodidae) and its implication to meat consumption, Yannick Borkens, Elsevier, 2021
“Given the difficulties identifying indospicine in pet meat, dog owners are reminded that they should not feed their pet any fresh or frozen raw pet meat sourced from (name with held) between 31 May and 3 July. All kinds of pet meat fitting that description should be considered at risk of indospicine contamination, due to the blending of pet meats, including products described as beef and Kangaroo pet meat”. Primesafe and Agriculture Victoria statement indospicine in pet meat – warning to dog owners, July 2021