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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Tasmanian Greens Desperate To Cause Trouble - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Tasmanian Greens Desperate To Cause Trouble - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Minister for Environment and Planning, Judy Jackson, has dismissed claims by the Tasmanian Greens that protocols for the movement of Tasmanian devils are not being followed.

This was just one of a number of allegations made by Nick McKim today, based on the decision made last year by the New South Wales Government not to allow devils to be imported into their state.

“It appears that Mr McKim has only just become aware of the decision by New South Wales, even though the story has already been run by The Mercury last year,” Ms Jackson said.

“It is important to recognise that when the disease was first identified we placed a moratorium on the movement of devils until we could learn more about the disease.

“As our knowledge increased, we removed the moratorium and developed protocols for the movement of devils between wildlife parks in Tasmania, and later parks on the mainland.

“Those protocols were developed by the State’s Chief Veterinary Officer and were based on captive animals because they posed a low disease risk.

“What Mr McKim is having difficulty understanding is that regardless of what protocols Tasmania establishes, the movement of animals to occur to other states requires approval from both sides.

“At this stage NSW has said no to the import of devils and we respect that it is their decision to make, even if it appears they have their facts wrong.”

Ms Jackson said the decision by NSW had no bearing on discussions to enable the movement of Tasmanian devils to Copenhagen Zoo.

“Again it is a matter that is assessed by authorities from both sides and the latest information we have from Copenhagen Zoo is that they have received the necessary veterinary import permit on their side.”

“Mr McKim apparently thinks that the decision of NSW vindicates his killjoy attitude over the gift of Tasmanian devils to the new Crown Prince of Denmark.”

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