Target: Martin Shirley, WorkSafe Tasmania General Manager
Goal: Withdraw permits allowing people to set off disruptive firecrackers near the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
Animals could be seriously injured or killed because property owners around a wildlife sanctuary have been given permission to set off firecrackers. Workers at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary located at Brighton in Tasmania are worried for the safety of the sanctuary’s animals because these properties are less than three-quarters of a mile from the sanctuary, meaning the firecrackers would be extremely loud and close to the animals.
Cracker Night is an annual event in Tasmania where the locals set off firecrackers. Greg Irons, director of the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, is concerned that animals will be frightened by the noise and bolt into their fences. This kind of panic could cause serious injury or death to the animals, and the sanctuary said the animals weren’t taken into consideration when the permits were issued.
“I don’t think it’s fair to be scaring all these animals and potentially even killing them just so we can have a few hours of fun on a Saturday night,” Irons said. The sanctuary is attempting to appeal the permits but is afraid the process won’t be completed in time.
According to The ABC, Tasmania’s explosives regulations state that a permit may be cancelled at any time, according to section 93 sub-regulation 1.c “the cancellation is necessary or expedient in the interests of State security or public safety” or 1.d “there is other compelling justification for the cancellation.”
WorkSafe Tasmania is the section of the Department of Justice in charge of issuing the permits. Let them know these permits must be revoked as soon as possible in order to protect the animals at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
Dear Martin Shirley,
The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is concerned for the safety of its wildlife because your department issued firecracker permits to the properties surrounding the sanctuary. These properties are extremely close to the sanctuary and workers are concerned that the animals will be frightened by the noise from the firecrackers and bolt into their fences.
This kind of panic could cause serious injury or death to the animals, and the sanctuary said the animals weren’t taken into consideration when the permits were issued. It’s unfair for the animals to have to endure this and may even die because some people want to set off firecrackers.
I urge you to revoke the permits and ensure that these animals are left safe and sound.
[Your Name Here]
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