Applaud Tasmanian Campaign to Reduce Road Kill Animal Deaths

Target: Harvey Lennon, CEO, Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania

Goal: Applaud Tasmania’s goal to reduce road kill animal deaths.

500,000 native animals are killed on the roads of Tasmania every year. Tasmania ranks as one of the top road kill nations in the world, with about one dead animal per citizen each year, according to The Guardian. In an effort to reduce this needless killing of animals, Tasmania has launched a campaign to limit the number of road kill deaths. Harvey Lennon, the chief executive of the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, has partnered with wildlife sanctuaries and the Wilderness Society of Tasmania to head this animal welfare campaign.

The campaign is focused around changing the behavior of drivers, like throwing garbage out of car windows, in order to reduce animal activity nearby roadways, which could reduce the number of animal deaths. At the campaign launch, Lennon also highlighted the benefit to drivers, stating that many recorded crashes between cars and wildlife were not only fatal to the animals but also dangerous for the drivers. The Wilderness Society of Tasmania has stated that the campaign should help the Tasmanian devil population, which is devastatingly affected by road kill incidents. The devils are particularly susceptible to traffic deaths because they scavenge for food amongst other road kill animals.

Sign this petition to applaud Tasmania’s campaign to prevent the animal welfare issue of road kill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Lennon,

500,000 native animals of Tasmania meet an untimely death each year as victims of road kill. With this number of road kill deaths each year, Tasmania ranks as one of the worst countries in the world for motor vehicle collisions with wildlife. This is truly an animal welfare issue. Collisions with animals are not only fatal to the animals, but also dangerous for the drivers and passengers on the roadways of Tasmania.

Thank you for launching a campaign to reduce road kill animal deaths. The promoted measures, such as reducing the amount of littering on the roadways of Tasmania, will not only help the wildlife population of your nation but also aid in the health of the overall environment. It is meaningful that your campaign focuses on threatened animals such as the Tasmanian devil, but also all animals that fall victim to road kill collisions, like brush-tail possums, pademelons, and wallabies. Please continue to keep animal welfare as a priority in Tasmania.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: L. Mahin

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5 Comments

  1. Saving animals is one of the most rewarding things a human can do. We must always help & protect when ever possible the more we save to better the planet & the kinder the humans.

    • I agree, saving animals whether it be here or helping them on factory farms, fur/leather farms, animal experimentation, animal circuses, glue traps and etc… Are ALL very rewarding!

  2. Robert Ortiz says:

    Taking care of animals, saving them and doing other things to help them all (signing petitions, donating to animal shelters and advocacy groups, etc.) whether wild or domestic, is very rewarding and a good thing to do as well as being important and a good use of time and resources.

  3. Gen Agustsson says:

    rewarding is not a crime but neglect is.

  4. Barton Dixon says:

    Thank You Harvey Lennon, CEO, Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania,
    Thank you for your thoughtful start in bringing to the attention of the driving public of the life that exists near our roadways past ourselves and the dangers that wildlife are exposed to.
    Drivers need to realize that living creatures are around and deserve our consideration when driving. People need to start driving more slowly and thoughtfully. Life is difficult enough for most wildlife. When you stop and think of all they have been through just to show up in front of you, its miraculous.
    All life deserves respect, not to be carelessly run over by mindless people.

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