“Conservation” Laws

In Western Australia this week, new environmental protection laws are promising to protect our biodiversity…kind of. While the proposed changes in the law will massively increase fines for killing endangered animals or illegally harvesting sandalwood, the big asterisk to the laws is that they leave the Environment Minister with wide discretion. The WWF – among others – criticised the laws on the grounds that the Minister could theoretically permit a species to become extinct, if the “public good” required it. Now that’s a pretty vague test – Merril Halley can hopefully clear up some of the ambiguity for us:

I spoke to WWF-Species Conservation Manager for Southwest Australia Merril Halley to learn more.

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