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Contact your MP and the Minister for Energy and Environment

Please let your MP and the Minister for Energy and Environment know that you do not support proposals to keep native animals as pets.

Wildlife will experience unnecessary suffering if this proposal goes through.

Contact them today to let them know you believe wildlife should be wild for life.

1) If you need help locating your MP's details use these sites:

2) Ask to meet with your local representative in person, email them, call them or send them a letter. 

There are protocols to keep in mind when contacting government representatives, please read these.

3) When writing to them you are welcome to use the drafts below as a base.

Draft Letter to send your local MP

(Insert your local MP's address details)

Dear (Insert name of your local MP), 

I am writing to you in relation to a proposal which has been put forward by the Native Mammal Keepers of NSW. The proposal asks to expand the list of native animals which can be kept as pets in NSW.

As a constituent of your electorate, I implore you to address this with the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton and ask that this proposal be dismissed.

Should the proposal go ahead it could see our precious native animals be exposed to the illegal pet trade as well as facing significant welfare risks. As many of the species on the proposed list are either extinct in NSW or have never populated this state there are also biosecurity risks to consider. 

Of the 37 native mammals listed, 11 are on the NSW Threatened Species List, 4 of which are categorised as endangered. The NSW government should be investing funds in conserving these species in the wild and protecting their habitat. 

These animals practise unique behaviours including gliding and burrowing. Some have huge home ranges and travel great distances in a single day. Other species live in close family units for the duration of their lives and suffer health complications if kept in isolation. By keeping these animals as pets we will be denying them of these fundamental factors which make them so fascinating and unique. 

It is unacceptable for the NSW government to strip these animals of their freedom. They deserve to live a wild life, protected and free. 

I seek your commitment to do whatever is in your power to protect our native mammals in NSW and oppose this proposal. 

I will be following this issue closely and look forward to your prompt response.

Yours faithfully,
(Insert your signature)
(Insert your name)
(Insert your address)

Draft Letter to send to the Minister for Energy and Environment

The Hon. Matthew Kean MP
Minister for Energy and Environment
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001

Dear Minister,

I am writing to you in relation to a proposal which has been put forward by the Native Mammal Keepers of NSW. The proposal asks to expand the list of native animals which can be kept as pets in NSW. 

I am very concerned about the species included in the proposal. Of the 37 native mammals listed, 11 are on the NSW Threatened Species List, 4 of which are categorised as endangered. The NSW government should be investing funds in conserving these species in the wild and protecting their habitat instead of allowing them to be bought and sold which would devalue their worth and hinder conservation efforts. 

These animals practise unique behaviours including gliding and burrowing. Some have huge home ranges and travel great distances in a single day. Some of the species live in close family units for the duration of their lives and suffer health complications if kept in isolation. 
By keeping these animals as pets we will be denying them of these fundamental factors which make them so fascinating and unique. 

If you approve this proposal we will see our precious native animals be exposed to the illegal pet trade as well as facing significant welfare risks. As many of the species on the proposed list are either extinct in NSW or have never populated this state there are also biosecurity risks to consider. 

There are no benefits of increasing species allowed to be kept as pets, only problems. 

I implore you as the Minister of the Environment to immediately veto the proposal and not allow any other native mammal species to be kept as pets in NSW. 

I will be following this issue closely and look forward to your prompt response.

Yours faithfully, 
(Insert your signature)
(Insert your name)
(Insert your address)

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