AJP Dingo Policy
Animals are such agreeable friends ~ they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms (George Elliot)
This AJP policy should be read in association with the following other policy:
The AJP Position
The AJP will offer a fresh and enlightened approach to dingoes (Canis sp. dingo) by designing policies and regulations that respect them for their intrinsic worth, help fulfil their needs and protect them as a unique wildlife species.
AJP Policy Objectives
The AJP is appalled at the disregard exhibited by all governments toward the dingo and will work to:
- elevate dingoes from Vulnerable to Protected Native Dog status
- remove dingoes from noxious animal, pest and vermin lists
- replace legislation requiring the destruction of dingoes with an approved management plan that ensures their conservation
- minimise the threat of continued hybridisation by controlling wild dog populations in order to protect dingoes’ genetic integrity
- ban shooting in National Parks and State Forests which need to be strongholds for dingoes if they are to survive
- implement non-lethal control of dingoes
- ban leghold traps, nooses and the use of 1080 which cause horrific and unnecessary suffering to target and non-target species
- protect the remaining purest strain of dingo on Fraser Island
- transform the negative culture towards dingoes
- inform Australians, especially rural landowners, of dingoes’ ecological benefits
- eliminate destruction permits for dingoes
- increase penalties for killing dingoes
- encourage increased growth in and support for wildlife-based tourism in Australia
- develop a program for schools teaching children how to act around wild animals, helping them understand the difference between wild dingoes and pet dogs
AJP Policy Goals
- 1. Fraser Island Dingoes
The AJP want the resident Dingoes on Fraser Island to be treated with respect and to be an integral part of the World Heritage and tourism value of the Island in ways that are safe for both animal and human. To achieve this, the AJP sees a number of changes that need to occur to the Island’s current regulatory and management arrangements as well as promotion and practice.
2. Educating Farmers and Rural Landholders
The AJP believes there needs to be a more enlightened understanding of the ecological value of Dingoes in rural areas and significance to Aboriginal culture. There are a range of low-cost initiatives farmers can undertake that have been proven overseas to protect livestock and would reduce any human – Dingo conflict.
3. Nature-Based Tourism
The AJP would like to see more education and awareness by the public, in schools and government agencies about the ecological benefits dingoes bring to Australia and what gentle, affectionate and unique creatures they are. Compared to an average of 3000 attacks by domestic dogs each year, dingoes are classified as the least aggressive dog in some states as they are less dangerous than the maltese terrier.
The AJP believes that sustainable nature-based tourism should celebrate our faunal heritage and ensure that while a focus on wild animals like the Dingo should be encouraged it should be done in such ways that ensure their wildness is protected and respected by visitors,
4. Increase fines for killing Dingoes
The AJP is committed to the following:
(a) The elimination of bounties on dingoes.
(b) The cessation of farmer destruction permits and so-called ‘pest eradication programs’ of dingoes.
(c) Outlawing the baiting of dingoes using 1080 (sodium monofluoroactetate).
(e) Increasing penalties for the intentional killing of dingoes.
5. Protecting Habitat for Dingoes
Like many other wildlife in this country, the Dingo needs to have its remaining habitat enhanced. This can occur through the designation of wildlife corridors, through support programs for landowners in Dingo locations and through the removal of unnecessary and dangerous rural fencing.
6. Control of Wild Dogs
1. The interbreeding of domesticated dogs with dingoes is causing a more aggressive strain of dog that attacks livestock more commonly than the purebred dingo. Therefore, AJP will mandate pet enclosures (such as a secure, fence yard) for all dogs on properties, whether they be in the suburbs or in the country.
7. Status of Dingoes
AJP will elevate dingoes from vermin status to Protected Native Dog and Endangered Species in all States, giving it Federal protection.
Dingoes are an important apex predator, critical for a healthy ecosystem, and they should neither be hunted as an enemy nor treated as a pet. With respect and wisdom, we can coexist. The alternatives to coexisting with dingoes are poisoning, trapping or shooting, all of which put other animals and domesticated pets at risk. Human injuries from dingoes are extremely rare in comparison with domesticated dogs, and these can be prevented if people are informed about living in dingo territory. Education is the key. If we want to continue to visit their habitats, we owe it to them to understand how they behave and what we can do to co-exist peacefully.