Dugong controversy

THE names and addresses of people poaching dugongs in Queensland and selling the meat for profit have been given to the State Government and police, the opposition says.

Traditional owners in Queensland have permission to hunt dugongs but Shadow Minister for Sustainability Glen Elmes said some were breaking the law and he had proof.

“To hunt the animals for traditional purposes is fine but when you are poaching and onselling the meat for profit that is when it is against the law,” Mr Elmes said.

Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said Mr Elmes should be careful about generalising about traditional owners.

Mr Elmes wants a blanket ban on dugong killing.

“Overwhelmingly, everyone, indigenous and non-indigenous, wants a total moratorium on the taking of dugong and turtles until the surviving numbers are known and a sustainable take for indigenous people by traditional means for traditional purposes can be reinstated,” he said.

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