EM – Liberals must act against wild deer

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Green Guide “Wildlife is out of control in Tasmania, affecting farmers and the landscape.

” The report ‘Wild Deer Control: A Strategy for Tasmania’ released today by the Bob Brown Foundation and the Invasive Species Council shows why It is so important for the state government to finally treat wild game as a pest rather than a protected species.

“Wild game is an incredibly destructive force in Tasmania’s landscape, affecting Aboriginal heritage, the environment and primary producers.

“But instead of trying to get their numbers under control, the Liberals have instead maintained the deer’s protected species status and encouraged population growth to provide sport for hunters.

” It would be a disaster if deer were to establish themselves in valuable areas such as the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and this is where we steer according to the current approach of the Liberals.

“This B The report shows that a plan to reduce wild deer numbers – and their effects – is achievable. The main obstacles to change are the shooting industry and the Liberal Party, who are bending back to grant their wishes.

“The Greens commend the Bob Brown Foundation for commissioning this important work – work the government has been doing should have done for a long time.

“Now is the time for Liberals to act and make sure our island’s environment and economy are protected from the ravages of destructive wildlife.”

Peter Whish- Wilson | Green Senator for Tasmania “A Senate investigation in 2021, chaired by the Greens, found that the Tasmanian government has not stopped the spread of this pest in the past decade and that federal intervention is now required to eradicate deer in Tasmania World natural heritage area and other biodiversity support hotspots. “It is an indictment against the Tasmanian government that the natural environmental values, agricultural productivity and cultural heritage of the state are so severely affected by politically motivated wild game mismanagement. “The Senate Inquiry Report recognized the need for a zero tolerance approach to deer in Tasmania’s world wilderness heritage area and biodiversity hotspots, and listed a number of ways the Commonwealth can help achieve this. “First, under EPBC law, wild deer must be listed as a ‘threatening process’, which the Canberra Greens are working towards. Once on the list, the federal government is required to submit a threat response plan that provides Commonwealth funds for the control and eradication of wild game. “Importantly, this funding could also support research into more humane ways to control wild game.”

Fallow deer is an invasive species with devastating effects on the landscape, and as such, its protection should be removed.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Submission | Dec. 11, 2020

The public was informed by DPIPWE that the lifting of the partially protected status of deer in Tasmania under the Conservation Act was not up for discussion.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Parliamentary activity | Nov. 26, 2020

Employees of the DPIPWE today refused to testify at tomorrow’s hearings of the Senate Committee on the effects of wild game on farmers and the landscape.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Press release | Oct 13, 2020

A recent survey of Tasmanian farmers showed strong support for the reclassification of deer as a wild pest in Tasmania.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Parliamentary activity | 09/16/2020

Minister Barnett abandons farmers and the environment.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Press release | 08/28/2020

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