Target: Robyn Parker, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage
Goal: Ensure more security for wild animals in Australian national parks
Every year, hunters in Australia’s national parks illegally slaughter hundreds of wild animals. Their targets include kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats, and the animals are often decapitated, stripped of their ears, or are simply shot and left for dead. Young animals are also targeted, their tiny bodies dumped in bushes and tall grasslands.
The behavior of these hunters is unacceptable. According to Australian law, they are rightly considered criminals and required to stand trial. However, the hunters can only be prosecuted if they are caught, and they are rarely caught. Parks have inadequate security measures, allowing hunters to easily commit their atrocious acts with no consequences. Many park employees theorize that hunters find a certain joy in easily bypassing the law, slaughtering these creatures simply because they can.
Clearly, something must be done to stop these hunters from killing Australia’s beautiful natural wildlife. The most obvious solution is to establish more effective security measures in the national parks. Rangers and other armed guards could be stationed around park territories, conducting hourly sweeps of certain areas frequented by hunters. Cameras could also be installed around trees and hidden in bushes. The machines could capture images of the hunters in the middle of their criminal acts, allowing authorities to easily identify, arrest, and prosecute them.
While these enhanced security measures are not cheap, they are vital to the survival of Australia’s wildlife. If hunters continue to kill these native animals, there will soon be no kangaroos, wallabies, or wombats left in Australia. This is an outcome no one wants to see as a reality. Urge the Australian legislature to protect these animals and establish more security in their country’s national parks.
Dear Robyn Parker,
Australia’s wild animals are dying. While climate change, loss of habitat, and lack of food sources are serious problems, there is something more dangerous threatening these creatures: illegal hunting. Kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats are being poached at an alarming rate in your national parks. You, as the Minister for the Environment, must do something to stop the slaughter.
Each year, employees stationed at national parks discover the bodies of dead wild animals. But the creatures were not killed by starvation or disease. They were poached by human hunters. The animals are found decapitated, stripped of their ears, or are simply shot and left for dead. Young animals are also targeted, their tiny bodies dumped in bushes and tall grasslands.
This behavior is unacceptable. Enhanced security measures must be established in order to stop or prosecute the hunters involved. Rangers and armed guards could be stationed around park territories, conducting hourly sweeps of certain areas frequented by hunters. Cameras could also be installed around trees and hidden in bushes, poised to capture images of the hunters in the middle of their criminal acts. The footage would allow authorities to easily identify, arrest, and prosecute the hunters later on.
While funding is tight, something must be done to protect these animals. If hunters are allowed to continue their atrocious behavior, Australia’s national wildlife will soon be extinct. Please allocate more money to establish better security for your national parks. Thank you.
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