A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales and Victoria as Australia faces some of the most dangerous and catastrophic bushfires our nation has ever seen. We’re also seeing destructive fires raging in South Australia.
Luckily I am not directly impacted by the fires by I am extremely upset by the loss of life and homes. NSW has seen nearly four million hectares burnt. It’s been estimated that over 480 million animals have been killed in the NSW bushfires since September. This includes the death of thousands of koalas, kangaroos and countless other Australian native wildlife now homeless.
The majority of koalas on Australia’s east coast live within the “Koala Triangle,” a region where the species could be extinct in as little as 30 years. Fires are raging through this area, potentially accelerating this timeline.
I am helpless to stop these horrendous fires in our beautiful country but I can give to the people who are helping to save our animals. To this end I am going to donate a portion of every sale to the RSPCA NSW charity.
RSPCA NSW is doing all it can to protect the pets, livestock and wildlife in threatened or affected areas. Over the past few days, RSPCA NSW has also taken part in evacuations, gathering animals and taking them to safety. Once the active fire zones clear, that’s when the most challenging work begins. The RSPCA NSW Inspectorate, working alongside Local Land Services, Department of Primary Industries and district veterinarians, will begin the difficult job of entering affected areas and assessing any injured animals.