Threatened species day rally

threatened_species_day_rally_Sept_2017.jpgJoin us on Threatened Species Day to call on the Victorian parliament to protect our threatened wildlife from logging.

Thursday September 7, 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

Parliament House, Melbourne.

The Greater Glider and Victoria’s animal emblem the Leadbeater’s possum are at risk of extinction but their forest habitat is being logged.

Please bring placards, banners, signs and costumes, or grab some colourful props that we’ll supply to help make our message huge!

Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) and Friends of the Earth have joined together to organise actions across the city in the morning on the same day. We’ll converge on Parliament steps at the end of the day to round off a massive day of events.

If you can spare time in the morning on Threatened Species Day to participate in other actions, get in touch with Friends of the Earth - sarah.day@foe.org.au

Citizen science groups have documented hundreds of cases of illegal logging of threatened wildlife habitat. Most of these logging operations have occurred since the Andrews government was elected in 2014.

The Victorian environment department is responsible for ensuring logging does not illegally destroy habitat for protected wildlife, but they are simply not doing their job as the regulator of the logging industry. Despite dozens of clear cases of unlawful logging the department has NEVER taken strong regulatory action and prosecuted the perpetrators, VicForests.

Despite the Andrews government’s commitment to transparency and accountability they are allowing their rogue logging agency VicForests to flaunt the law, with dire consequences for forest wildlife.

It’s time to stand up and deliver a clear message to the government that they need to get serious about holding VicForests accountable and protect our forest wildlife from logging.

Threatened species day falls each year on September 7th to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger, that died in a Hobart Zoo in 1936. Sadly, in 2017 logging continues to push our unique forest species towards extinction.

A facebook page for the event is available here.