1. Why should we care?
- Caring about the welfare of Australian wildlife is a humane and decent thing to do
- There are risks to the welfare of animals taken from the wild, and to the conservation and welfare of wild populations
- Experience shows that once the door is opened to keeping certain species as pets, it can be near impossible to close that door - even when the evidence shows the devastating impact on wild and captive populations.
- The international One Health Initiative shows how the health of the environment, wildlife, animals and humans are intimately linked. Activities that put wild populations at risk can ultimately threaten the health of the environment, pets and people.
2. You can help
Here are five simple things you can do that can help save our precious wildlife. Most take less than a minute to do:
- Follow this link to sign a petition to oppose the keeping of native mammals as pets - hosted by our Wild4Life partner WIRES
- View and like the 30-second I am not your pet video, and share the link with your friends via social media
- Contact your local MP and let them know you oppose keeping native mammals. - ideas, guides and templates can be found here
- In any social media posts you write (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) use the hashtags "wild4life" and "wildforlife"
- In the lead up to the NSW Elections, you can also contact local candidates* and let them know which issues will be influencing your vote. It doesn't have to be limited to this one issue - for example if climate change or land clearing are issues for you, you can call, write or email your local candidates and let them know.
* If you are not sure who your local candidates are you can look them up here. Just select the district where you live from the drop-down list and it will show you the candidates. We find that usually you do a Google search using the candidates name and political party, you can get their contact details pretty quickly.
Header image: Ringtail Possum in a Brisbane Park by Andrew Mercer via Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 license.