Victoria’s state Faunal Emblem, the Leadbeaters Possum is more endangered than the Giant Pandas of China. Yet VicForests with the blessing of Napthine’s Liberal/National government keeps on destroying the last patches of their known habitat, all the while telling us they are looking after it.
In East Gippsland, a landmark Supreme Court case showed VicForests was logging without looking. They’d of course prefer not to see rare and endangered wildlife because they’d then have to protect them – y’know, abide by … the law.
It was clear that they have been illegally killing rare wildlife for years. In response, and in keeping with their underhanded operations, VicForests set up a system of surveys specially designed to give minimal results. Under-resourced people were sent out with limited time in the wrong season to look for only certain animals.
The government also helped out by weakening the prescriptions that once protected some of these more ‘problematic’ rare animals. They didn't want these damned rare wildlife endangering VicForests' logging plans.