Australian Environmental Group calls for Cargo Levies to Help Fight Invasive Species

An Australian environmental group wants levies on air and sea cargo for a “biosecurity fighting fund” to deal with some of the country’s “mostly deadly invasive species”, such as red-eared slider turtles and poisonous Asian black-spined toads.

Many of these species find their way into Australia via travelers, as illegal pets and even through furniture, the nongovernmental Invasive Species Council’s CEO Andrew Cox told Xinhua on Wednesday.

“When people go traveling as a tourist, they may put their shoes outside their hotel room during the day. The toad could get inside their shoes and they put their shoes in the luggage … and they’d bring them out at home and the toad escapes. They could also hop inside containers and equipment that get transported to Australia.”  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

Other than the biosecurity fund, the group is also calling for “a national priority list of major looming invasive threats” and “stronger focus on the environmental and social risks posed by dangerous new invasive species.  Australia’s environmental border controls are a leaky sieve and must be fixed,” said Cox.

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