Australia’s extinction crisis in regard to its fauna (animals) is under the spotlight and the results are not good.
A recent Senate committee interim report has recommended the development of new federal environmental legislation with an independent Environment Protection Authority to help stem Australia’s extinction crisis.
‘We have long known that Australia has been in the midst of an extinction crisis and yet little action has been taken,’ said Alexia Wellbelove, senior program manager at Humane Society International (HSI).
The committee further questioned the adequacy of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act). They state, ‘It is also clear that the EPBC Act is struggling to meet the scale of the challenge our environment faces, including the threats to our faunal species…
‘The committee also notes that there have been significant failures in its implementation, including use and resourcing of compliance and protection mechanisms.’
The HSI are continuing to call for new nature laws that can deal with the ‘significant threats facing our most threatened animals and their habitats. Substantial investment is needed to fund recovery efforts and address the challenges facing Australia’s animals and deliver this much needed protection,’ said Ms Wellbelove.
‘Recent years have seen multiple examples of political interference which have either prevented or delayed critical conservation efforts needed to protect our animals and their habitats. It is time this is stopped and we are calling on the next federal government to recognise the severity of this crisis and take urgent action.’