Good Weekend letters to the editor: February 2020th February 2021
Australians for Animals Inc was responsible for listing the koala under the US Endangered Species Act as threatened. The listing was a result of a three-year effort involving leading koala scientists, lawyers in all koala states, researchers and field trips. The scientific submission was peer-reviewed. This submission remains the most comprehensive history of koala loss available today and should have been included in your cover story. It should also have laid the blame squarely at the feet of governments and the habitat loss they continue to allow.
Suzanne Arnold, Australians for Animals Inc
Brunswick Heads, NSW
This was a powerful and sobering piece of writing. But despite the length of the article, and many oblique allusions, not once did Stephanie Wood mention that which influences and compromises all else: Australia’s relentless population growth or, more particularly, our immigration-fed growth-forever economic model. Until and unless we acknowledge the centrality of population size and growth to the enormous and hitherto intractable environmental problems we face, the obfuscation will continue … and that will beget even greater tragedy.
The pandemic has revealed that humans and their governments will go to any lengths and expense to preserve human life. It’s a great shame that we don’t show a similar care and concern for the welfare of even our most beloved creature, the koala. What hope do koalas have when our governments and corporations seek to displace them in favour of human industry and housing, and refuse to accept that they, along with the myriad other creatures their habitat supports, are worth our protection? How much do we really care?
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