Wednesday, 18 March 2015

David Leyonhjelm wants native wildlife kept as pets to prevent extinction

Australian Associated Press

Wednesday 18 March 2015 05.29 GMT

The Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm has said he wants to allow private ownership of native wildlife, to prevent species becoming extinct.

The senator said he did not believe taxpayers could effectively save native wildlife through national parks, saying 11% of Australia’s native mammals had become extinct in the past 200 years.

In a speech to parliament, he argued species disappeared because they were owned by everyone but belonged to no one. As a result there was no incentive for anyone to keep them safe from predators.

“The long-term survival of at least some Australian animals is assured because they are kept as household pets in other countries,” the senator said.

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