Protect At-Risk Dingo Populations

Target: Dr Gordon de Brouwer, Secretary of the Department of the Environment of Australia

Goal: Protect the remaining Australian dingo population

A recent article published by an international group of scientists has shown that predators have a crucial role in stabilizing ecosystems. These scientists warn that the excessive hunting of predators has created an environmental threat greater than climate change.

The research, published in the academic journal Science, shows that where major predators like grey wolves, pumas, and lions are absent, some species’ populations grow excessively and others shrink dangerously. Any particular ecosystem is a balancing act of predators, prey and vegetation. When the predators disappear, the prey’s numbers begin to balloon. The prey species, like deer, will then strain the existing resources of the ecosystem and ultimately decrease the health of their population by overfeeding.

In the case of Australia’s at-risk dingo population, the effects of their absence are remarkable. In areas where dingoes were in decline, fox and kangaroo species were rising. As a result, the dusky hopping mouse, other small mammal populations, and grasses are in decline.

If left unchecked, the lack of dingoes could lead to the extinction of small mammals and overgrazing or desertification. As a result, the global carbon sink would take a hit from the loss of grasses, and carbon would be released into the atmosphere. Finally, the foxes and kangaroos themselves would begin to die out from lack of sustenance.

Sign this petition to tell Australia’s Environment Secretary to institute efforts to avoid killing dingoes and to explore further protections for the carnivores.


Dear Dr. Gordon de Brouwer,

A recent article in the journal Science shows that a declining dingo population is harming Australia’s ecosystem. As more and more dingoes are killed for sport or out of necessity, the populations of foxes and kangaroos are rising, resulting in an expanding ecological imbalance. As fox and kangaroo numbers increase and feed, small field mammals and natural grasses become at risk of being wiped out. This could mean extinction of many species and desertification of many parts of Australia.

This threat can be combated by protecting the remaining dingo population. I urge you to use your department’s resources to institute better coexistence with the carnivore species. Encourage use of guard dogs instead of shotguns and explore better ways to protect the dingo species from further decline.


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  1. corlinda slagt says:


  2. It is proven scientifically the dingo is important to our ecosystem and for the Australian environment. This animal is not even classified as a native and in QLD it is classified on the same level as a cane toad. Not acceptable in this 21st century , that the dingo is hunted,shot , trapped and poisoned with 1080 and deadly environmental damaging lethal poison with no antidote that goes right thr the ecosystem.

  3. Steven Booby says:

    maybe focusing on the culling of foxes…feral cats…pigs and goats would better conserve australias natural heritage…wildlife and environement. the eradication of foxes and feral cats alone would provide the dingo with a more abundant food supply…ultimately decreasing the dingoes need to prey on live stock…whilst also reducing any further attacks on people.

  4. If you want Foxes, Feral Cats or Wild Dogs to take over the top predator role, then be prepared for a mass extinction comparative to the Megafauna loss of the Pleistocene era. Give Dingoes a chance to do what they do best…”keeping ecosystems in check’.

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