Protect Fragile Koala Habitats from Destruction

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Target: Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird

Goal: Don’t allow millions of acres of fragile koala habitat to be destroyed. 

The government of New South Wales, Australia is poised to implement a raft of policies that may result in the destruction of 2.2 million hectares of koala habitats. Between 1991 and 2010 the state’s koala population has declined by 30 percent due to a number of factors, including habitat loss. Logging in native forests accounts for a sizeable portion of habitat loss, partially because koalas seem to prefer established forest; however, land clearance on private property is also a factor.  The proposals, which weaken regulations on the clearance of forest and vegetation and renew a logging agreement with the federal government, may well accelerate the process.

Koalas have a conservation status of threatened and further loss of their habitat combined with challenges such as climate change will exacerbate the species’ precarious situation. Furthermore, many other species share habitats with koalas and will be threatened by further land clearances and logging. Sign our petition and demand the New South Wales government act to protect koala habitats and prevent biodiversity loss.   

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Premier Baird,

I was dismayed to hear that your government is planning to weaken land clearance regulations throughout New South Wales. I believe these moves are shortsighted and, while they may lead to short-term economic gain it will be at the cost of long-term catastrophe for people in New South Wales.

In the medium term, however, I believe that these moves will threaten wildlife including Koalas. As you know, koala populations in New South Wales declined by 30 percent between 1991 and 2010. This decline was partially due to habitat loss. It is estimated that loosening regulations on private land clearance and continuing the logging in native forests will result in 2.2 million hectares of habitat loss. Koalas are already a threatened species and if we stay this course they will soon be endangered.

According to a recent Living Planet Report, humans wiped out 60 percent of the world’s wildlife in the last 40 years. Koalas may be the most iconic animal threatened by weakening environmental regulations but they are not the only species threatened. I urge you to preserve the natural biodiversity of New South Wales and drop any plans to deregulate private land clearance. Furthermore, I urge you not to renew agreements allowing the logging of native forests.    

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Erik Veland

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5 Comments

  1. Denise Devereux says:

    Australia is a destructive country and cares not for its animals.
    SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!

    • I am an Australian and becoming to believe Australia is a destructive country. I don,t fully believe they don’t care for the animals. We have strong Animal Protection Laws but with this vile and evil animal hater Barnaby Joyce in the position of Animal Welfare is absolutely frightening.
      It is the cruel Live Animal Export Trade which the Australian people are fighting to stop and to be banned forever. There plights to the Australian Government and animal hater Barnaby Joyce who should not be in the position of Animal Welfare and must be sacked from this position, falls on deaf ears.

  2. care for the koalas and keep the habitat for them now.

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

  4. Australia stop being so lethargic. “She’ll be right” doesn’t work. Stop being so self centered and think of your wildlife, animals and countryside. Stop destroying it….please

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