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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
    The Honourable John McVeigh
    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier
    The Honourable Glen Elmes

    New rules will protect Queensland’s dugong and turtles

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
    The Honourable John McVeigh

    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier
    The Honourable Glen Elmes

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    New rules will protect Queensland’s dugong and turtles

    Cruelty to dugong and turtles will be outlawed under new legislation introduced into Parliament today, which will see government agencies work with Indigenous communities to ensure that animal welfare obligations are met, delivering another promise under the Government’s First 100 Day Action Plan.

    Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh, said cruel dugong and turtle hunting practices weren’t acceptable and would be illegal under the new laws.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Minister, Glen Elmes, said that the changes would only affect those people who had been using unacceptable hunting methods.

    “Some methods used by a small number of people to hunt dugong and turtles have drawn a very strong response in the wider community,” Mr McVeigh said.

    “Amendments will be made to the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 to protect dugong and turtles from unnecessary and unreasonable pain and suffering.

    “Current exemptions from animal welfare obligations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be removed, bringing Queensland’s animal welfare legislation in line with other states.

    “All Queenslanders will now have the same animal welfare obligations and it’s important every Queenslander understands animal cruelty is never acceptable.”

    Mr Elmes said hunting rights, including native title hunting rights, would not be extinguished by the Bill.

    “The Newman Government is committed to ensuring that unreasonable pain is not inflicted in the hunting of turtles and dugong,” Mr Elmes said.

    For more information about the legislative changes visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call
    13 25 23 or contact the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

    For more information on animal welfare and ethics and the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.

    [ENDS] 19 June 2012

    Media Contacts:

    Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Jacinta Cummins 0408 709 160

    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs: Peter McCarthy 0408 835 548