The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is concerned the decision by the Victorian Government to
dissolve the Wild Dog Ministerial Advisory Committee and says its absence must not expose
Victorian farmers to the threats posed by wild dogs.
VFF Livestock Councillor Peter Star said the decision to discontinue the committee could undo
years of progress towards controlling the menace of wild dogs and could expose Victoria’s livestock
industries to costly damages.
“The Wild Dog Committee demonstrated the Government was serious about controlling the threat of
wild dogs and allowed farmers to have a voice in the matter. The decision to scrap the committee
makes no sense and has the potential to undo years of progress”.
“Wild dogs pose a significant threat to the Victorian livestock industry and cost an estimated $18
million dollars each year”.
“They murder and maim native and endangered species, damage the environment, hunt livestock
and pose a serious animal welfare threat to the animals they attack which is an enormous headache
for farmers, particularly in the high country,” Mr Star said.
Mr Star said the VFF was committed to ensuring the practise of aerial baiting continues, despite the
closure of the committee and will be lobbying the Victorian Government on this issue and the void
left by the departure of the committee.
“Aerial baiting is a vital wild dog control measure and research shows that it is also extremely
effective for controlling foxes, which not only attack lambs but also kill native wildlife. The VFF will
be lobbying the Government to ensure aerial baiting continues as part of an integrated wild dog
management program to protect Victorian sheep producers and native fauna.”
“The VFF stands ready to help fill the gap in landholder and industry input created by the loss of the
committee,” Mr Star said.
The VFF is prepared to provide the opportunity for landholder and industry input on wild dog
management created by the loss of this committee and will continue to work with relevant
departments to achieve effective wild dog management outcomes.
Peter Star, VFF Livestock Group Councillor, 0429 436 347
Ryan Moloney, VFF, 0400 874 589