The Australian Veterinary Association’s recently ratified policy on Native Animal Welfare (Habitat Clearing) has highlighted the need for ecologically sustainable development where clearing of wildlife habitat is proposed to minimise the animal welfare impacts on native wildlife.

Dr Michael Banyard from the Australian Veterinary Conservation Biology special interest group said the new policy recognises the threat of habitat clearing and advocates important steps to mitigate key issues. “Many of Australia’s native animal habitats have been heavily impacted by human activity and the list of species under threat is increasing rapidly,” said Dr Banyard. Read more