Koalas are being bulldozed in Queensland. Find out why — and how YOU can help them!

Koalas are being bulldozed in Queensland. Find out why — and how YOU can help them!
play play

34 million native animals each year are burnt, minced alive or dying of stress when their homes are cut down underneath them. And 91% of this land clearing is for one thing...


LAST UPDATED: 8 October 2019

Australia is home to animals you can find hardly anywhere else on the planet: some nowhere else at all. Many of us have experienced wonder and delight when gazing — even in a photo — at animals like koalas, sugar gliders or spotted quolls, or have been lucky enough to hear the gurgling laughter of a kookaburra ring out across the bush.

But our iconic animals are under threat. A disturbing report from WWF and RSPCA QLD reveals that weakened tree-clearing laws in Queensland have placed these vulnerable animals right in the firing line. Enormous swathes of forest are being destroyed — and without trees to provide homes and food, koalas and other native animals can't survive.

300,000 hectares of precious bushland was destroyed in a single year, at last count.

Almost all of this destruction is being driven by a huge appetite for one thing: beef.

WWF RSPCA report - Land clearing in Queensland is threatening native animals like the sugar gliderLand clearing in Queensland, mostly for cattle farming, is threatening native animals like the sugar glider.

The majority of woody vegetation clearing for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 periods was for conversion to pasture for grazing purposes (over 90% of total clearing).Statewide Landcover and Trees Study

"So-called 'thinning' on the western Darling Downs in 2017 turned a cypress/ eucalypt forest, into a paddock with scattered trees under the weak controls currently in place, with no wildlife survey or salvage, no offsetting and no permit required. The white patches are ashes left in the wake of burning of logs and foliage piles. Displaced animals taking shelter in those piles would have been burnt." – WWF/RSPCA

WWF RSPCA report - Land clearing in Queensland is threatening native animals koalas, with bulldozersBulldozers like this one push trees over and then mulch them, rarely allowing animals time to escape. And those who do face a grim fate: homeless, often injured, and starving.

Someone else is paying the price for 'beef', too.

Native animals aren't the only victims of this demand for beef. The cows who are raised on that former habitat, and killed for meat, rarely make headlines.

Unsurprisingly, the animal agriculture industry prefers to describe these sensitive, intelligent and social animals as the product itself — 'beef'. Something, rather than someone.

Because they know that when we see there's so much more to cows than burgers, it becomes hard to ignore the fact we're talking about thinking, feeling individuals.

You can save cows and koalas by choosing the meat-free meal.

It's mostly demand for cattle grazing land that's destroying Queensland's forests. The good news is you have the power to help solve this problem, by cutting out or cutting back on meat.

And not only is eating less or no meat exactly what Queensland's native animals desperately need us to do in order to save their homes and lives, it's also key to curbing dangerous climate change and protecting our environment.

Not to mention that with every tasty plant-based meal, you can spare someone as sweet as Salvador from seeing the inside of a slaughterhouse.

With 1 in 3 Australians already choosing to eat more plant-based meals or go completely vegetarian, you can join MILLIONS of people in enjoying delicious, healthy and compassionate food today!

Order your FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit!


Reference: Queensland Government, (2015). Vegetation clearing rates in Queensland. Supplementary report to the Statewide Landcover and Trees Study Report 2012-14.


Love animals? Subscribe and help end animal abuse:
I've read and accept the privacy policy
Like Animals Australia On Facebook
In a glorious tribute to the power of compassion, the Gadhimai slaughter festival will now be a "momentous celebration of life." Celebrate the great news » »

Explosive evidence of 'live baiting' cruelty has rocked the Australian greyhound industry. View via iView or the Four Corners website. Get the details & tune in »

You already know cage eggs are cruel, but you'll never hear the cage egg industry admit it. So what else might they be cagey about? These five facts may ruffle some feathers. Discover the truth » »

In response to the exposure of hidden abuse of greyhounds sent to SE Asia, the flying Kangaroo has vowed to not support this cruel export trade. Read the good news » »

The repercussions of our investigations into the greyhound racing industry have been game-changing. Here's how you helped make a difference. Read the latest » »

What contributes more to climate change than all the world’s planes, trains and automobiles combined? Hint: it’s not coal and it’s not good for humanity! Read more » »

For the first time, an Australian organisation has been selected as a “standout charity” by U.S.-based Animal Charity Evaluators! Animals Australia has been awarded this evaluation in recognition of our efforts... Read more » »

No chickens were harmed in the making of this video. Or this meal. Read more » »

Lyn White, Campaign Director at Animals Australia, spoke to audiences across the country — and asked one simple question: 'Does history have to repeat itself or is it possible to have a kinder, more peace... Watch now » »

Despite the nightly news doing its best to depress, from Australia to Brazil, China to Norway, there is one trait that unites humankind all over the world — kindness. Read on to discover some of the best animal... Watch the viral video » »

Make a difference for animals...