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Podcast: Tasmania is the roadkill capital of the world

Tasmania has earned a reputation as the roadkill capital of Australia.

The stats say 32 animals are killed every hour - that's more than 500,000 marsupials, reptiles and birds killed on the state's roads every single year.

Wildlife rescuer Rowan Wigmore says roadkill should be moved 20 metres from the road to stop scavengers getting hit too. Photo: Paul Scambler

Wildlife rescuer Rowan Wigmore says roadkill should be moved 20 metres from the road to stop scavengers getting hit too. Photo: Paul Scambler

And this is despite Tasmania being an island that's known for its unique biodiversity and world heritage wilderness.

You could argue that there're more animals here so there's going to be more dead ones.

We look at it as a whole and say, Oh, well, look, it's just a few being killed on the roads, so you know, it's not going to impact the entire species, and I'm calling bollocks to that, I really am."

Greg Irons, director of Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania.

But when you look closer you see holes in animal protection policy that leaves even threatened species exposed.

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This story The Roadkill State first appeared on The Canberra Times.