Australia: Extend Environmental Laws to Protect Birds

Target: Josh Frydenberg, Australia’s Minister for Energy and Environment

Goal: Demand Australia’s wildlife protection laws be extended to protect birds.

Several species of Australia’s birds are dangerously close to extinction, but the continent’s environmental laws are not protecting them. Despite the birds being listed as endangered, the laws feature several loopholes that have led to the steady decline of species such as Carnaby’s black cockatoo, the swift parrot and the southern black-throated finch. Additionally, birds native to the islands are not protected at all.

The biggest offender in exploiting these loopholes and exemptions is the logging industry, which cuts down thousands of trees every year. Habitat destruction is the chief culprit in the loss of these birds, and the loss of these species and the trees themselves damage the delicate ecosystem of the forests and the islands where these birds reside. Unfortunately, Australia’s minister for energy and environment has said that the existing act is “the best mechanism for the federal government to protect the most important and sensitive matters.”

We cannot let these birds disappear. The lives of these beautiful creatures are as valuable as any human’s, and the environmental and animal protection laws must reflect this. Sign this petition to demand the law be extended to protect these birds and their habitat.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Frydenberg,

Australia’s current environmental protection laws do not extend to birds, of which several species are dangerously close to extinction due to the logging industry’s exploitation of various loopholes. Species such as the swift parrot and the southern black-throated finch are losing their homes every year, and their numbers decline more and more every day.

These birds are a vital part of Australia’s ecosystem, as are the trees in which they reside, and their loss will do great harm to the environment. Additionally, the lives of these birds are as valuable as that of any human. You must consent to changing the law to protect these species before they completely disappear. Australia’s government has failed them in the past, but there is still time to correct this and change their fate.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Dominic Sherony

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