Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc.

Campaigns

Wildlife

Banning poisoning of native animals

The TCT wants the State Government to immediately end the use of 1080 poison to control native species in Tasmania and ensure it is not replaced by any other poison. We also want the State Government to provide funding to continue the ‘Alternatives to 1080 Program’ for the implementation of non-lethal options to control browsing animals including a roll-out of a fencing assistance program for farmers and other land owners.

Write to the Tasmanian Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage Brian Wightman calling for a ban on the use of 1080 to control native animals. Address details in the What you can do section.

The TCT has produced a ‘Ban 1080’ sticker which is available free from our office.

If you have problems with browsing wallabies we recommend the recently produced guide,' Wallaby Proof Fencing: a planning guide for Tasmanian primary producers', which can be downloaded from www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au.

As a result of the Alternatives to 1080 Program a 'Managing Browsing Wildlife Toolkit' has been produced which can also be downloaded from www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au. While there is a lot of useful and positive information contained within it, the TCT does not endorse all aspects of the Toolkit.

 

Wallaby with joey. Photo: Dave Watts Wallabies killed by 1080. Photo:  Suzy Manigian. Cover of Wallaby Proof Fencing
Wallaby with joey.
Photo: Dave Watts
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Wallabies killed by
1080.
Photo: Suzy Manigian.
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Cover of Wallaby
Proof Fencing
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Hunting

Duck shooting protest, Mounting Lagoon 2009. Photo: Rob Blakers
Duck shooting protest, Mounting Lagoon 2009.
Photo: Rob Blakers
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The TCT wants an end to all recreational hunting open seasons because of the unavoidable animal cruelty and because killing animals in the name of recreation or sport is abhorrent and unjustifiable (it promotes a culture of killing and disrespect for wildlife and animals generally).

We have called on the State Government to end recreational hunting open seasons for the following native species:

  • wild duck (black duck, grey teal, chestnut teal, mountain duck, wood duck)
  • short-tailed shearwater
  • Bennett’s and rufous wallabies
  • brown quail

The TCT supports the protests held each March at Moulting Lagoon corresponding with the start of the open season for wild ducks. We encourage TCT members to be involved in this and other protests aimed at ending recreational hunting open seasons. Contact Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania for more about the Moulting Lagoon duck shooting protests.

Roadkill

The TCT works on effective strategies to reduce roadkill at hotspots, including reducing speed limits and developing educational programs to improve driver behaviour.

The TCT is a member of the Road Kill Forum convened by the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania to address the problem.

In 2008 film-maker Chloe Lucas collaborated with the TCT to produce the documentary 'Tasmania: Your Roadkill State' highlighting our catastrophic roadkill problem. Find out about the latest shocking statistics on roadkill and the research which provides great hope for solutions. View online or download the DVD from: http://www.imaginocean.com.au/roadkill.html

Purchase the TCT’s ‘Don’t squash me’ sticker for your car – available from the TCT office and Wilderness Society Shop in Hobart. DVD also available for $5 or by donation from the TCT office.

Dead Tasmanian devil. Photo: Chloe Lucas Dead quoll. Photo: Chloe Lucas Cover of Tasmania: Your Roadkill State
Dead Tasmanian devil.
Photo: Chloe Lucas
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Dead quoll.
Photo: Chloe Lucas
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Cover of Tasmania:
Your Roadkill State
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Reducing persecution of protected wildlife

The TCT wants the State Government to provide Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment with additional funding to enable a higher level of monitoring, education and enforcement to reduce the incidence of persecution of wholly protected wildlife and partly protected wildlife taken without proper authority.

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