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Review of "Authority to Control Wildlife" (ATCW) system

Could wildlife rescue become a criminal act?

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tarkine tarkine Iran Posts: 296
1 7 May 2018
Hi guys, I've been away for a while. It's good to be back!
I was reading yesterday about a review of the "Authority to Control Wildlife" (ATCW) system. In a nutshell, it sets out the conditions for anthropocentric bureaucrats and the hit-men they contract to lawfully hunt, trap or destroy (i.e. kill) kangaroos, wombats, possums, ducks, cockatoos, and other native fauna. Apparently, "some members of the community" have suggested that rescuing and caring for injured or orphaned wildlife such as the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and other "overabundant" species, eg. during bushfires, should be prohibited. This would put committed wildlife rescuers at risk of prosecution, large fines and potential imprisonment - simply for having the compassion to reduce animal suffering and saving the lives of creatures who are more innocent than any human on the planet.
Anyway, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in Melbourne is conducting a review of the ATCW system, and would like to know your thoughts. You can read the discussion paper and provide feedback at these links:
- Discussion Paper:
- Feedback:
- Media report:

robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
2 7 May 2018
Hope Animals Australia and other groups get involved.