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Yatsal - Stop killing wildlife with unsafe nets!


Each year, hundreds of bats and other Australian wildlife are killed or seriously injured because of something so preventable - unsafe netting used over fruit trees.

These wide-mesh monofilament nets are disastrous for wildlife but Yatsal continues to distribute them Australia-wide.

There is wildlife-safe netting available, which is already sold by Bunnings and Mitre 10! It's time that Yatsal does the same and sells only wildlife-safe netting.

Please sign and share this petition asking Managing Director of Yatsal, Robert Salha, to stop selling unsafe wide-mesh monofilament netting and switch to wildlife-safe nettting only.

Australians will not accept the needless deaths of our native wildlife!
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To: Robert Salha, Managing Director, Yatsal 
From: [Your Name]

Dear Mr. Salha,

We request that you no longer distribute and sell wide-mesh monofilament netting. This netting slowly kills wildlife that get trapped in it. If they do not die a slow and horrible death, they are left seriously injured - particularly to flying foxes with their sensitive, fragile wings.

There are wildlife-safe alternatives which are already sold by Bunnings and Mitre 10 due to the cruelty and suffering that wide-mesh monofilament netting causes to wildlife.

Mr. Salha, we seek from you a commitment to sell-out of the unsafe netting and to only distribute wildlife-safe netting products or none at all.

Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage states: Thin nylon (monofilament) netting should not be used as it is easily pulled out of shape by an animal climbing on it, causing the animal to become entangled. Once entangled, birds and flying foxes become stressed, breaking bones and tearing wing membranes as they struggle to get free. The monofilament line can cut into the animal causing deep wounds and even stop circulation. Ultimately, these injuries can lead to shock and death, particularly if the animal is trapped for a long time. Entangled flying foxes may also be mothers nursing young that are waiting at a nursery roost. These young will starve if the parent cannot return to the roost within a day.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW states: A frame should be built around each tree and a multifilament knitted netting with mesh 40mm or smaller should be pulled taut over the frame and away from the tree. NEVER use nylon monofilament netting, and NEVER throw it loose over the tree – this is what leads to the entanglement, and monofilament netting will cut into the flying fox easily.

Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy: Inappropriate netting practices - Thin, loose nylon (monofilament) netting can cause a flying fox to become entangled. Once entangled, flying foxes become stressed and can break bones and tear wing membranes as they attempt to get free. The monofilament line can cut into the animal causing deep wounds and possibly stopping circulation.

These injuries can lead to shock and death, particularly if the individual is trapped in the net for a long period of time. Entangled flying foxes may be mothers nursing young that are waiting at a nursery roost. These young will starve if the parent cannot return to the roost within a day (Queensland EPA 2005).

We look forward to your commitment to follow the lead of other retailers and make an ethical change by switching to wildlife-safe netting.

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