Skerratt, Lee (2002) Letters. Australian Veterinary Journal, 80 (11). p. 671.

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[Extract] Sarcoptic mange is a serious problem in common wombats. It is a problem that will not go away since the disease is widespread and persists in common wombat populations for many years. Responsibility for the care of wombats with sarcoptic mange should not be left solely to voluntary wildlife carers.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in Victoria has a responsibility to treat wombats with severe sarcoptic mange according to Victorian law under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and the Wildlife Act 1975. The legislation requires the Department to attend to native animals that are suffering, as is clearly the case with wombats with severe sarcoptic mange. If the department were to do nothing it could be regarded as an act of cruelty.

Item ID: 28207
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1751-0813
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 23:54
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960405 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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