Friday, August 05, 2011
Save the Leadbeater's possum from extinction petition
"Victoria's faunal emblem, the critically endangered Leadbeater's possum, is going extinct due to wildfires and pulp logging. Since 1998, the tiny possums population has declined by 80% from 5000 to a meagre 1000 left in the wild today. The Victorian government logs the habitat of the Leadbeater's possum and sells it to Nippon owned Australian Paper to make Reflex office papers."

We, the taxpayers, subsidise this logging here in Victoria. 1000 is an optimistic estimation for surviving Leadbeater's possum numbers - logging the remaining stands of living trees, along with "salvage logging" of burnt forest will ensure their extinction. This possum doesn't move successfully across open spaces and the remaining population is extremely fragmented. There are none currently in captivity. Some way to treat our State emblem!

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