Wildlife laws could protect threatened species

ABC (AUSTRALIA) NEWS

The Conservation Council says the State Government’s promise to introduce new wildlife laws could protect WA’s most threatened species from extinction.

The Premier Colin Barnett has promised to replace the 62-year-old Wildlife Conservation Act if the Government wins next year’s election in March.

Mr Barnett says under the proposed legislation anyone caught harming or taking a critically endangered species out of WA will face fines of up to $500,000.

Piers Verstegen from the council says the current laws are archaic and desperately need to be overhauled.

“They are not up to scratch, they’re not protecting our threatened species, and certainly it’s a welcome commitment by the State Government to overhaul those laws,” he said.

“And this could come just in time to protect our most threatened species from extinction.”

“Currently our unique wildlife like numbats and cockatoos are severely threatened and in many cases are just hanging on the brink of extinction.”

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