August 27 - September 2, 2017: Issue 327
Australia: Place Of The Culling Fields
Hairy Nosed (Southern) Wombats 'Cull'
NSW Government Green-Lights New Wave Of Tree Clearing And Species Loss
Conservation Groups Welcome The Senate’s Call To Delay NSW Government’s Tree-Clearing Laws
A Few Examples Of Our Long History Of Killing Everything That Moves For Profit
"KOALA AN ASSET." Plea for Preservation.
Two of five koalas injured in bush fires at Newport on Saturday have died from exhaustion. The three bears which remain are being treated at Koala Park. The secretary of the Koala Club of Australia. Mr. Frank L. Edwards, said yesterday that, during 1937 and 1938, the club had participated in the rescue of nine maimed bears from the Pittwater district.
"At this rate," he added, "the animals will vanish from that district in three or four years. As there are not 200 of them left in New South Wales, this is a tragedy. Koalas, one of our best animal assets, are allowed to stray to their rapid destruction, as in the Pittwater district while the law requires that other stock be paddocked.
"If we lose them." Mr Edwards added, "twould be of little use to talk of stocking up with koalas from elsewhere. The States are already refusing to transfer koalas and, In any case, the Queensland and Victorian native bear's are different types from ours."
"KOALA AN ASSET.". (1939, January 17). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27976025
Extinction Crisis Looms In Oceania
- Loss and degradation of habitat is the largest single threat to land species, including 80 percent of threatened species.
- More than 1,200 bird species have become extinct in the Pacific islands and archipelagos.
- In Australia agriculture has modified or destroyed about 50 percent of woodland and forest ecosystems, and about 70 percent of remaining forests are ecologically degraded from logging.
- Invasive species, particularly vertebrates and vascular plants, have devastated terrestrial species of the Pacific Islands and caused 75 percent of all terrestrial vertebrate extinctions on oceanic islands.
- More than 2,500 invasive plants have colonized New Zealand and Australia – representing about 11 percent of native plant species.
- Many invasive weeds, vertebrate pests, and fishes were introduced by government, agriculturalists, horticulturalists and hunters.
- Nearly 17,000 of the world's 45,000 assessed species are threatened with extinction (38 percent). Of these, 3,246 are in the highest category of threat, Critically Endangered, 4,770 are Endangered and 8,912 are Vulnerable to extinction.
- Nearly 5,500 animal species are known to be threatened with extinction and at least 1,141 of the 5,487 known mammal species are threatened worldwide.
- In 2008, nearly 450 mammals were listed as Endangered, including the Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), after the global population declined by more than 60 percent in the last 10 years.
- Scientists have catalogued relatively little about the rest of the world's fauna: only 5 percent of fish, 6 percent of reptiles, and 7 percent of amphibians have been evaluated. Of those studied, at least 750 fish species, 290 reptiles, and 150 amphibians are at risk.
- The average extinction rate is now some 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than the rate that prevailed over the past 60 million years.
Ongoing Unraveling Of A Continental Fauna: Decline And Extinction Of Australian Mammals Since European Settlement
Tasmanian Tiger: 'Permit'ted To Extinction
Australia: Place Of The Culling Fields by A J Guesdon, 2017.