Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens Senator for Tasmania, provides the following comments on the reported deaths of 13 penguins at Low Head.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I am distraught to hear time and time again about the death of little penguins on Tasmania’s shores, probably due to dog attacks.
“The penguin colonies are heavily valued by their local communities and it’s time that the authorities act.
“We need complementary short and long term approaches; we need a comprehensive plan.
“In the short term we need to set a curfew for domestic animals anywhere near any penuin rookery in Tasmania. This needs to be matched with patrols to make sure any animals disturbing the penguins will be caught.
“Local neighbourhoods should be letterboxed with warnings to keep pets indoors and night with notifications that any pets found near rookeries will be impounded.
“In the long-term we should be training up penguin protection dogs, such as Maremmas, to ensure that these penguin colonies stay safe.
“Tasmania needs its own ‘Oddball’ and co to keep watch on the penguins at Low Head and elsewhere. The government should be training up these protection dogs immediately,” he concluded.
Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens Senator for Tasmania