Applaud Tasmanian Campaign to Reduce Road Kill Animal Deaths

Target: Harvey Lennon, CEO, Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania

Goal: Applaud Tasmania’s goal to reduce road kill animal deaths.

500,000 native animals are killed on the roads of Tasmania every year. Tasmania ranks as one of the top road kill nations in the world, with about one dead animal per citizen each year, according to The Guardian. In an effort to reduce this needless killing of animals, Tasmania has launched a campaign to limit the number of road kill deaths. Harvey Lennon, the chief executive of the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, has partnered with wildlife sanctuaries and the Wilderness Society of Tasmania to head this animal welfare campaign.

The campaign is focused around changing the behavior of drivers, like throwing garbage out of car windows, in order to reduce animal activity nearby roadways, which could reduce the number of animal deaths. At the campaign launch, Lennon also highlighted the benefit to drivers, stating that many recorded crashes between cars and wildlife were not only fatal to the animals but also dangerous for the drivers. The Wilderness Society of Tasmania has stated that the campaign should help the Tasmanian devil population, which is devastatingly affected by road kill incidents. The devils are particularly susceptible to traffic deaths because they scavenge for food amongst other road kill animals.

Sign this petition to applaud Tasmania’s campaign to prevent the animal welfare issue of road kill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Lennon,

500,000 native animals of Tasmania meet an untimely death each year as victims of road kill. With this number of road kill deaths each year, Tasmania ranks as one of the worst countries in the world for motor vehicle collisions with wildlife. This is truly an animal welfare issue. Collisions with animals are not only fatal to the animals, but also dangerous for the drivers and passengers on the roadways of Tasmania.

Thank you for launching a campaign to reduce road kill animal deaths. The promoted measures, such as reducing the amount of littering on the roadways of Tasmania, will not only help the wildlife population of your nation but also aid in the health of the overall environment. It is meaningful that your campaign focuses on threatened animals such as the Tasmanian devil, but also all animals that fall victim to road kill collisions, like brush-tail possums, pademelons, and wallabies. Please continue to keep animal welfare as a priority in Tasmania.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: L. Mahin

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4 Comments

  1. Tasmania you are to be commended as a country that takes animals into consideration and a country that cares. Kudos to you for your efforts in making animal deaths decline. I wish more countries would follow your lead.

  2. SAVE THE WILDLIFE FROM THIS NOW.

  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    For one of the smallest States within Australia I find this number horrific! Drivers should be made more aware and drive accordingly to help protect these native animals.
    Any assistance would be a step in the right direction Mr Lennon, thank you.

  4. Work now to make safe ways for animals to cross over or under roadways. Many animals adjust well to these crossings. Be creative, not destructive.

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