Save the Platypus from Accidental Kills


Target: Niall Blair, New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries, Land and Water

Goal: Stop harmful bow fishing trial that threatens duck-billed platypuses and other wildlife

A bow fishing trial recently began in New South Wales, Australia that is dangerous for the duck-billed platypus and the native water-rat. Conservation groups such as the Australian Platypus Conservancy have protested the trial, saying that it will not reduce carp damage and instead will only act as an extension of hunting activities. The goal of the bow fishing trial is to control carp numbers, but scientists caution that the platypus and other native and threatened species could end up as collateral damage. There is a concern that the bow fishers may not report accidental platypus kills, which would make it impossible to evaluate how dangerous the activity really is for non-carp species.

Platypuses used to be hunted for their fur until the early 20th century, and while the species is now protected they remain vulnerable to pollution and habitat disruption. While the bow fishing trial is taking place in areas that ostensibly won’t affect the platypus population, it has the potential to expand into broader ranges where it will cause further harm. Ultimately, the risks to non-carp species outweigh the benefits of carp control, and it is better to cut off this dangerous practice now.

In order to protect the duck-billed platypus and other Australian wildlife, the bow fishing trial must be shut down. The platypus is not yet an endangered species, and by taking protective measures now we can keep that fate from ever becoming a reality. By signing the petition below you will help urge the New South Wales Primary Industries Minister to find a sustainable alternative and end this harmful fishing trial.


Dear Minister Blair,

The bow fishing trial that is currently taking place in New South Wales poses a threat to the duck-billed platypus and other native species and must be ended. Platypuses are vulnerable to pollution and habitat disruption and may end up as collateral damage during this trial as they are easily mistaken for carp. Furthermore, bow fishers may not always report accidental platypus kills, and without every kill reported it is impossible to measure how dangerous this activity really is for non-carp species.

I am urging you to heed the protests of the Australian Platypus Conservancy and seek an alternative solution to carp control problems. Please take action to end the bow fishing trial before this harmful fishing practice expands into broader areas where the platypus and other wildlife will be at further risk


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