Today the Federal Court and The Tasmanian Planning Commission, in two separate decisions, rejected appeals to protect endangered Southern Right Whales by moving Tassal’s industrial salmon farm out of their calving habitat.
“Australia is facing an extinction crisis – with the highest rate of mammalian extinction in the world. Today’s apparently unrelated decisions by the Tasmanian Planning Commission and Federal Court to allow Tassal to threaten endangered whales provides a stellar example of why this is happening,” says Laura Kelly, Strategy Director at Environment Tasmania.
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“Our environment and planning laws are so weak that despite advice from leading scientists that the threats Tassal poses to endangered whales can’t be mitigated, their development will proceed anyway. This is despite the company’s already smirched record of pushing endangered species to the brink of extinction in Macquarie Harbour."
“Is it any wonder Australia has the highest extinction rate for mammals in the world?”
“It is a national disgrace that our endangered species aren’t protected by law. This leaves it to consumers of Tassal’s salmon to decide whether they are okay with the companies track record on species extinction in Macquarie Harbour, and the new threats their business poses to endangered whale calves,” Ms Kelly says.
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