Environment department failed to investigate allegations rare Australian birds were exported for profit

Environment department failed to investigate allegations rare Australian birds were exported for profit

The Guardian

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Independent review says department received allegations soon after first permits were issued but exports continued

The federal environment department failed to investigate allegations endangered and rare Australian birds were being sold in Europe at a huge profit and instead continued issuing permits to allow more birds to be exported to a secretive German charity, an independent review has found.

The investigation, by KPMG, was triggered after reporting by Guardian Australia revealed hundreds of birds, including endangered species, were exported to the Berlin-based Association for the Conservation for Threatened Parrots on the grounds that they would be used for a zoo exhibition.

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