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Dingos

Dingos

The AJP sees dingos as a valuable part of the eco-system; being a native apex predator.

 

Policy

 

The economic impact of dingos on meat producers has driven their persecution since white arrival. The modern scientific view is that increasing dingo numbers is essential to protect what little biodiversity remains. This requires dingos be protected and have more habitat. At present there are only a few protected areas for dingoes; the Blue Mountains NSW World Heritage Area and habitat protection listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The World Heritage listed Fraser Island National Park also provides dingo habitat, but gives them inadequate protection from well meaning but ill-informed tourists.

 

Key Objectives

 

  1. To elevate dingoes from Vulnerable to Protected Native Dog status and removing any pest status.
  2. To legislate full protection for dingos and use non-lethal controls where required.
  3. To minimise the threat of continued hybridisation by controlling wild dog populations through non-lethal methods. in order to protect dingoes’ genetic integrity.
  4. To inform Australians, especially rural landowners, of the ecological benefits of dingos.
  5. To increase penalties for killing dingoes.
  6. To develop a program for schools teaching children how to act around wild animals, helping them understand the difference between wild dingos and domestic dogs.
  7. To ban 1080 poison.