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Native animals are not pets
The proposal lists 37 species, including 11 species listed on the NSW threatened species list, 4 of which are categorised as endangered. Only two of these have previously been listed as approved to keep, the plains rat and spinifex-hopping-mouse.
Some of the species listed include: gliders, possums, koalas, flying-foxes, wombats, wallabies, quolls and kangaroos. If the proposal is approved these animals could be kept in the suburbs, in the same homes as dogs and cats.
Some major areas of concerns include:
- breeding of native animals for sale and issues with monitoring standards
- inability to monitor whether animals are taken from the wild illegally
- pet welfare issues escalating for native animals kept in inappropriate conditions
- pets being released into the wild rather than being surrendered, unlikely to survive as individuals and the potential dire implications this could have on wild populations
- with no existing organisations able to manage unwanted native animals kept as pets - what would happen to every surrendered animal or those rescued that are clearly not wild?
We need your help to get this proposal dismissed! Please sign WIRES petition today at www.wildforlife.org.au.
Sign WIRES petition to help keep wildlife in the wild, native animals should not be pets, they should be wild for life.
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