Member for Warrego Ann Leahy said if you are buying Easter chocolates this year, please support the Save the Bilby Fund by buying bilbies and the work undertaken to conserve the Bilbies at Charleville and Currawinya National Park.
“Fyna Foods support the Save the Bilby Fund though their Easter Bilby range of Australian Bush Friends and Pink Lady Bilby chocolates,” Ms Leahy said.
“Look for the green swing tag showing the 30 cent donation per chocolate Easter bilby,” Ms Leahy said.
“Rabbits are an introduced pest and number in their millions causing land degradation across the nation and also compete with native bilbies for habitat and burrows,” Ms Leahy said.
“There are nation wide efforts to control the pest rabbits and their environmental damage.”
“CSIRO have scientifically confirmed the first pest rabbit has already succumbed to the newly released Korean strain of calicivirus which has been released in over 600 sites across Australia and legislation has recently been passed to facilitate the roll out of the virus in Queensland,” Ms Leahy said.
“It makes sense to buy bilbies not rabbits at Easter time and support the survival of a threatened species, the Bilby rather than supporting invasive pest rabbits,” Ms Leahy said.