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Five platypuses drowned


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THIS. HAS. TO. STOP.
Five platypuses drowned in two opera house nets found in a farm dam in west Gippsland. You know what's worse? These were LEGALLY set nets!
Opera House nets are illegal in public waters but permitted on private land. Small comfort for these animals who would have suffered a horrible death. Judging by the state of the carcasses, these nets had been in the water for several months. Thoughtlessly set then abandoned.
The small creek that this dam is part of is estimated to have a population size of only 10-15 platypuses. So this senseless incident has potentially wiped out up to half of the population.
How do we stop this? We need a change in legislation to make these type of nets illegal in ALL waters and illegal to sell (Daniel Andrews Lily D'Ambrosio MP, Josh Frydenberg). We need the major retailers to show some corporate responsibility and leadership and immediately stop selling them (BCF, Rays Outdoors, Anaconda Stores, BIG W, Anglers Warehouse Tweed Heads,Hooked Online Fishing, CH Smith Marine Aussie Disposals) - there are platypus-safe alternatives. Finally, we need to raise awareness within the community of this issue and make everyone realise THIS IS NOT OK.

DELWP PortPhillip DELWP Gippsland Melbourne Water Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority Belgrave PlatypusAustralian Platypus Conservancy (Official)Threatened Species Commissioner Zoos VictoriaBaw Baw Shire Council Yarra Riverkeeper Association Wildlife Victoria Australian GeographicDoug Gimesy Photography Animals Australia Environment Victoria


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