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To: Queensland State Government

Feed our native wildlife - not more cattle

Dear Premier,
Less than 5% of our state is preserved for our native plants and native animals in the form of National Parks and conservation areas. 83% of our state is available for cattle and sheep to live on - to eat, trample, urinate and defecate on, 'graze' being far too placid a term! By choosing to further degrade five national parks and eight conservation areas - soon to be National Parks, you are choosing to feed cattle over feeding and housing our diminishing native wildlife. The impacts of allowing cattle inside national parks/conservation areas include degradation of wildlife habitat, pollution of streams, rivers and land with cattle urine and faeces, the spread of invasive plant species, and trampling of endangered animal's homes. Simply, your decision will threaten our rare animals and ecosystems. Researchers estimate that at least twenty species of fauna and flora will be threatened from this action. How many of these animal species will be added to the thirteen that have already become extinct in Queensland, potentially as a direct result of this action? Will you console yourself with the possibility that you allowed 25,000 of the 275,000 hungry cows to 'enjoy their last supper' at the expense of these animal species? Your argument that these parks and conservation areas have previously been grazed and degraded does not justify repeating mistakes from the past. Since being declared national parks, serious work carried out by Queensland Parks and Wildlife staff and volunteers over many years, has improved the conservation values of these areas. To belittle these peoples' commitment and hard work to preserve our diminishing habitats and wildlife, and to so loudly and publicly choose cows over native species, would be causing them great distress and heartache I'm sure! My thoughts go out to them.

We ask you Mr Newman to reverse your decision on the further degradation of our National Parks and conservation areas - cattle should not be placed before our native animals. The cattle industry, over 200 years, have dealt with many bushfires and extended periods of drought, and may need to consider the carrying capacity of their land in light of the prospect of more frequent and intense weather events. Even in the worst droughts, Mr Newman, never before have National Parks been used as emergency cow paddocks. We, as a society, cannot afford them to be! Like most Queenslanders I believe 83% of our state's land being eaten, trampled, urinated and defecated on by cattle and sheep, is already too much. Degrading more of our state's land and endangering our wildlife further is NOT ON.

Why is this important?

Like many Queenslanders, I believe 83% of our state's land being eaten, trampled, urinated and defecated on by cattle and sheep, is already too much. Degrading more of our state's land and endangering our wildlife further is NOT ON. 'Opening up' our National Parks and conservation areas, sadly consisting of less than 5% of our state's land, will be catastrophic and far reaching. Choosing to feed cows over protecting our limited habitats and our endangered animals is wrong. 83% of our state given over to cattle is enough - no more!

Updates

2015-02-08 20:45:42 +1100

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