University of Southern Queensland ecologist and conservation researcher Dr Ben Allen has withdrawn from speaking at tomorrow's conservation conference titled 'Conservation through the sustainable use of wildlife conference'.
Dr Allen's paper used a fictitious and hypothetical wild dog meat export industry to illustrate the value of using a multidisciplinary research and development process designed to stabilise supply chains of any wildlife product.
"While it is the role of researchers to discuss difficult issues like sustainable use of wildlife, on this occasion I have withdrawn my paper to alleviate community fears over the content of the paper, which has unfortunately been grossly misrepresented," he said. "Conservation through the sustainable use of wildlife is a much-debated topic, with strong and worthy arguments on both sides."
"There are many wildlife conservation needs in Australia and internationally, and finding ways to improve the prospects of threatened wildlife remains an important research priority." Dr Allen said.