Perth Now THE WA Dingo Association is calling for a ban on aerial baiting for vermin control in a radical bid to save Australia’s native dog from extinction.
Association president Nic Papalia says dingoes are being driven to extinction and is leading a push to have them listed as an endangered species.
Mr Papalia said the animals which once roamed the country are now restricted to remote habitats where they are under threat from aerial baiting programs using poisons such as 1080.
“Aerial baiting is eco-vandalism,” he said.
“Dingoes play an important role in the eco-system and are essential in the wild for the survival of small native species such as bilbies, quolls, rare wallabies and possums.
“In areas where the dingo has been exterminated, aggressive predators, such as foxes and wild cats, have wiped out these significant species.”
Mr Papalia said high profile tragedies on Fraser Island and the Azaria Chamberlain case had prejudiced attitudes towards the dingo, which remains the only Australian species listed as vermin.
He said Australia holds the world record for mammal extinctions, losing 20 species in the past 200 years.
“It would be an abomination if dingoes were added to this list, ” he said.