In a move that could threaten duck-billed playpuses and other wildlife, the New South Wales government has given the green light to a bow fishing trial in an effort to control carp numbers.
Experts, environmentalists, and political leaders have voiced opposition to the move, "warning that native and threatened species including the platypus could end up as 'collateral damage,' according to the Sydney Morning Herald:
"Ecologists Dr Tom Grant from the University of NSW and Professor David Goldney from Charles Sturt University have expressed concerns about the difficulty in distinguishing carp from wildlife or native fish species, especially in turbid waters...Dr Grant is concerned that wildlife such as the platypus, the native water rat, the water dragon, turtles and diving birds could be mistaken for carp."
Bow fishing isn't always humane, either. Animals that are shot may escape the hunter only to bleed to death later. Worse, experts fear that hunters/fishers may not report accidental platypus kills, making it difficult to evaluate the true threat bow fishing may pose to non-carp species.
The duck-billed platypus is one of the most unique creatures on the planet, and we can not risk its future. Please sign this global petition now and help protect these special animals and other native wildlife threatened by bow fishing.