Wildlife protections for endangered animals abandoned

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This list includes the removal of recovery plans for the whale shark, fin whales and sei whales that could be affected by offshore oil development in Western Australia, as well as the giant kelp forests of South East Australia, that can be damaged by salmon farming in Tasmania. It also includes the Tasmanian Devil, Masked Owl, Nightcap Oak, and Emerald Dove.

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Recent research published in the Letters of conservation The newspaper found that public investment for Australia’s 1,700 endangered species, across state and federal governments, was far less than that of comparable nations. Australia’s spending was around $ 122 million per year. In contrast, the United States, with a similar list of 1,662 endangered species, spent at least $ 2.1 billion annually from 2011 to 2016.

About 100 native Australian species have become extinct since colonization and the rate of loss has not slowed in the past 200 years.

Wilderness Society Policy and Strategy Officer Tim Beshara said the “simple” system for endangered species was failing due to lack of funding and political will.

“Successive ministers have been so successful in gutting the capabilities of the ministry through intimidation and funding that they have become unable to carry out this most basic task of writing and implementing these plans,” did he declare.

Humane Society campaign manager Nicola Beynon said recovery plans can ensure ministers protect endangered species and should represent minimum protections.

“If the government does not strengthen the law, we must at least make maximum use of all the current tools of the law,” Ms. Beynon said.

Endangered Species Committee Chair Helene Marsh explained the shift to recovery, saying plans take up to five years to develop, while conservation advice can be “much more nimble and responsive in this era. of climate change ”.

Work environment spokeswoman Terri Butler said planning for the recovery had been hampered by long delays and “poor oversight.”

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Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the proposed changes have been recommended by the independent Scientific Committee on Endangered Species and are available for public consultation until November 2.

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