Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Stop the use of 1080 for Aerial Baiting
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the unauthorised use of 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate) to aerial bait against introduced ‘pest’ species and ‘wild’ dogs. In 2014, permission to aerial bait in Victoria was obtained from the Commonwealth Government pursuant to sections 130(1) and 133 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). This permission expires in December 2019.
Aerial baiting has caused significant destruction of the dingo, listed as a threatened species in the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, with increased threats of extinction for the Spot-Tailed Quoll, an endangered species listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). The Spot-Tailed Quoll is being directly and indirectly affected, with its near complete disappearance from the Victorian landscape having been noted since the commencement of aerial baiting.
1080 is a Schedule 7 poison, introduced in Australia over 60 years ago with a devastating impact on biodiversity, native wildlife and companion dogs. 1080 is a risk to human health; it has no antidote and has been declared a chemical of national security risk by the Council of Australian Governments. 1080 is banned from use in most other countries.
The cessation of the use of 1080 and any poisons must take place as soon as practicable to avoid any further risk of harm to endangered and threatened species and to human health.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to oppose the renewal from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for permission to aerial bait with 1080 in Victoria, oppose the use of 1080 or any poison for baiting wild dogs or pest species, and use the 1080 funding for research and development of non-lethal alternatives to 1080.
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Dr Samantha Ratnam