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Fur seals outrage

Media Release
Bob Brown 29 Nov 2007

The slaughter of nine Australian fur seals in Tasmania's Freycinet National Park is outrageous and requires police action and jail sentences for those involved, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"The penalty of a $10,000 and/or loss of firearms for this crime is a joke and must be amended to include jail sentences," Senator Brown said.
The Australian fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) is protected as a listed species under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999 .
"This is a recurring problem and points to the need for greater gun control as well as surveillance," Senator Brown said.
Senator Brown called for national action from the Rudd government to help track down the shooters and implement the full force of the law.
"We currently have the Weld Angel being pursued for costs by police for her action in protecting forests but what Commonwealth and state resources are being put into protecting these wonderful mammals and their pups from these killers?" Senator Brown asked.
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