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FRASER ISLAND DINGOES DRIVEN TO EXTINCTION

FRASER ISLAND DINGOES DRIVEN TO EXTINCTION

UPDATE-Since this Wildlife Carers Group report, there was a massive bush fire on Fraser Island, that was started by the Qld Government.

The fire was out of control, devastating the Dingo population on Fraser Island, which will dramatically drop the original population of 90 Dingoes at the end of August 2011.

On 27-28 August 2011, we travelled to Fraser Island to see the last of the pure strain Dingoes, that Fraser Island is so famous for.

We saw no Dingoes, just footprints in the sand on the beach, and on the sandy track the 4WD drove down on, showing footprints from only 1 Dingo.

Photos by NORA PRESTON.


Dingo footprint in the sandy track we drove down on left by only 1 Dingo.


Dingo footprints along the sand on the Beach left by only 1 Dingo


Dingo footprints on the sandy beach by the Pinnacles coloured sands area.

At the rate that the Fraser Island rangers are killing our native dingoes, with only 60-80, (although with footprints only seen from 1 Dingo, this last recorded population is arguable,) suffering dingoes left alive on the Island, through the arrogance, mistreatment and mismanagement of the dingoes by the rangers, the dingoes, footprints in the sand will be the only memory and evidence of the native dingoes existence left, that once lived on the Island, but only if they encase the footprints, along with stuffed dingo toys and photos. I have my photos.

The Footprints were all heading in the same direction.

Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island, click on the youtube link to hear ABC radio interview, and pictures of dingoes with invasive large collars, 2 boxes, with 2 antennas, that are not fit for any animal use: click or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be, terminating rangers from their jobs, who are paid with taxpayers money, who are starving the Dingoes to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. Changing the Qld government legislation and constitution, to humanely conserve this species, and their habitat. Erecting GIVE WAY to DINGOES/WILDLIFE Signs, throughout the entire Island. We can see their marine life up and down the Qld coast, however, the only unique sighting that Fraser Island can boast about, and offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 60-80 Dingoes that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, by the rangers and the Qld government, Fraser Island will have nothing left to offer to the huge tourist trade that it currently holds. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

Dingoes used to live as semi tame, semi wild animals amongst the indigenous population, who did indeed throw them food to keep them happy, so therefore, had no problems with any of the Dingoes.

Along came the Qld government and the rangers with 5 minutes of training, no expertise or knowledge, and especially with no understanding or caring of the species, who are inhumanely eradicating the species from Fraser Island, inhumanely interfering with the species natural co existence.

The Qld government and the rangers are responsible for turning this species into an aggressive animal by hitting them with sling shots, poisoning them to teach them a lesson so that they won’t take food from people, once the dingoes are dead from being deliberately poisoned by these incompetent rangers, they are dead, they most certainly won’t be eating any more food foolstop, and the further abuse and mistreatment, mismanagement of the Fraser Island Dingoes by the rangers and Qld government, as pointed out below:

The Dingoes food source has been removed by the rangers, rangers interfering with the Dingoes natural co existence, food source, which needs human interference to replace the Dingoes food source.

The Dingoes are being trapped using an inhumane so called  SOFT jaw leg traps, that while the rangers claim they won’t hurt the Dingoes, refuse to test the traps by placing their own arms into the traps to test whether or not they will injure the Dingoes, rangers interfering with the Dingoes natural co existence.  All traps must be removed and banned from use.

The Dingoes have been shot with tranquiliser guns, and ear tagged, interference with the Dingoes natural co-existence by the rangers, with the ear tags causing ear infections, and interfering with the Dingoes natural ability for hunting. Ear tags must be removed.

In 2011, we saw the return of the horrific, invasive and inhumane large collar, with the Dingoes being shot with tranquilliser guns, click or copy and paste this youtube link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be, to see the invasive large collar, with 2 boxes and antennas attached, rangers again interfering with the Dingoes natural co existence, that gets stuck in bushes, that effects their ability to hunt. Dingoes cannot call out for help when distressed by these hideous tracking collars, for any ranger to be able to quickly remove the collars, to prevent a prolonged suffering death.

Dingoes are unnecessarily shot by trigger happy rangers, driving the last of the pure strain Dingoes to extinction.

The shooting must be stopped.

Dingoes interact by biting during their play.

If you corner a Dingo, harass it, chase it, you can expect the Dingo to turn and attack in its own defence.

None of these are good enough reasons to shoot or poison Dingoes.

Tourists and rangers are speeding along the beach in their 4WD’s, totally out of control, deliberately aiming for the Dingoes and running them down. The hideous collars are effecting the dingoes agility, interfering with the Dingoes natural co-existence.

The tracking collars must be immediately removed:

A dingo has died after being struck by a 4WD on Fraser Island’s Eastern Beach. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Great Sandy Marine Regional manager Ross Belcher said the dingo “veered into” the tourist’s vehicle as it travelled along Eastern Beach near Dilli Village on Wednesday. “There were two dingoes on the beach – one veered away from the vehicle and one veered into the vehicle and was struck in the head and killed instantly,” he said. Mr Belcher said the dingo was about four years old and was one of 18 collared dingoes. The collars send GPS signals every two hours. “Tracking information confirms that it spent most of its time on Eastern Beach between Dilli Village and Cathedral Beach, which indicates it was likely to be a habitual animal. “Statistically, the more time a dingo spends in high traffic areas, the greater risk of being hit by a vehicle.” Mr Belcher says the dingo was in excellent condition, weighing 22 kilograms. The average weight of an adult dingo is 15kg. “It was collared in May when its weight was recorded as 19.5kg, which means it had put on a healthy 1.5kg since it had the collar attached.” There was no indication that the dingo, the second to have been hit and killed by a car in the past two years, was pregnant. According to dingo conservationists, only 60 to 80 dingoes remain on Fraser Island. They are the last pure strain of dingo left and qualify as an endangered species. The GPS collar project was aimed at gathering information about the movement of dingoes. QPWS hopes it will give them a better understanding of the prey species that are on the island. Ref:FC Chronicle

The dingo killed was pregnant, the weight increase was due to the pups she was carrying inside her.

2 Dingoes were hit by vehicles in the same week, in August 2011, and killed.

Documents released to SFID (Save Fraser Island Dingoes) under Right to Information laws show 14% of male dingoes being autopsied by DERM (Dept of Environment and Resource Management), had been killed by a vehicle strike.

SFID wants derm to increase vehicle strikes offences to be a more serious offence. Ref: FC Chronicle.

It goes without saying that if drivers are deliberately running down native wildlife, that these drivers need to be prosecuted.

To prevent our Dingoes from just being a memory of only stuffed toys, encased footprints in the sand, and photos left of them:


Dingo pup stuffed toy bought at Eurong Beach Resort shops

Dingoes most certainly need to be placed onto the endangered list, and listed as an endangered species, providing the species with full protection, including full protection from the rangers and the qld government.

With the rangers shooting the dingoes, interfering with the Dingoes natural co existence: removing their food source, collaring, ear tagging, etc, that are causing suffering and death to the Dingoes, and tourists running the Dingoes down in their vehicles, or their hired vehicles, there is no hope for survival for the Fraser Island Dingoes, unless the Prime Minister and the Qld Government make immediate changes to Fraser Island legislation, constitution, tourists, ban all tourists from bringing their vehicles onto the Island, Tours only run by accredited, responsible tour guides, who must drive carefully, drop the speed limit from 30 to 10-20km/hr around the Island and beaches.

To conserve the beaches, driving along the beaches needs to be banned. There is life in the sand that is also being driven to extinction with the pressure and destruction caused by the constant beach drives.


Peter Meyer (right) self taught Fraser Island Photographer, and Fraser Island ranger, when we stopped at the coloured sands-The Pinnacles, and had morning tea.

We kept passing this famous self taught Fraser Island photographer, and ranger, Peter Meyer, and his group of photographers.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2009/2010.


WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2011.

There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.


Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

NORA PRESTON ( began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80’s .)

President/Founder
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
PO Box 3509
WESTON CREEK ACT 2611
Mob: 0406 056 099
Email:
wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au

Website: http://wcg.awardspace.com

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l

http://www.myspace.com/wcginc Check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and become a friend.

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29 August 2011

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au
or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support .

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form from http://wcg.awardspace.com  and join up. Thank you for all your support.

KANGAROOS

To see Wildlife Carers Group full 5-day report, of the training with the work experience student, Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, results: contaminated, etc Please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l;
For the full report click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l.
This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10: http://www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/ don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, intake of pesticide spraying to control locusts, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir


http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view,

Possum Abattoir – Lenah Game Meats, Tasmania —EngageMedia

These animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to: wta@environment.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.auand click on link: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html Submissions are now closed. Shutting down this industry will help end acts of animal cruelty, and prevent this species from being driven to extinction. This species maintains a healthy, well balanced eco system.

Dingoes

Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island, click or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be, who are starving them to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. Changing the Qld government legislation and constitution, to humanely conserve this species, and their habitat. Erecting GIVE WAY to DINGOES/WILDLIFE Signs. We can see their marine life up and down the Qld coast, however, the only unique sighting that Fraser Island can boast about, and offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 60-80 Dingoes that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, by the rangers and the Qld government, Fraser Island will have nothing left to offer to the huge tourist trade it currently holds, which will end Fraser Island tourism. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

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Elephant Queen rehabilitation, release, are the elephants to be culled?

Sunday Night, Channel 7, at 6.30pm, 21/8/11, The Elephant Queen story was very moving, tirelessly rehabilitating elephants that were injured, orphaned at the hands of poachers, then released into National Parks/nature reserves, however, how do we know that these elephants don’t end up inhumanely culled as shown in these youtube video clips:

National Parks/nature reserves in Africa elephant culling click on www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jZ-k1KKXu0 2009, running time 10 minutes, and www.youtube.com/watch?v=igcauTJ06OY 2009, that runs for 2 minutes, www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzR2R-yLVp4 2007, runs for 2 minutes.

It is time to end inhumane culling, that is driving wildlife to extinction, and time to end jobs for those who order these culls, along with those who execute the inhumane culls.

Restore Humanity. Restore Sanity.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2009/2010.


WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2011.

There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.
Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

NORA PRESTON ( began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80’s .)

President/Founder
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
PO Box 3509
WESTON CREEK ACT 2611

Mob: 0406 056 099
Email:
wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au

Website: http://wcg.awardspace.com

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l

http://www.myspace.com/wcginc Check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and become a friend. We are also onFacebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info with photos included on the site, and become a friend. You can now follow us and join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/,http://canberra.climatexchange.org.au/wildlife-carers-group

11 August 2011

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au
or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support .

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form fromhttp://wcg.awardspace.com and join up. Thank you for all your support.

To see Wildlife Carers Group full 5-day report, of the training with the work experience student, Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, results: contaminated, etc Please click on this link:https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l;
For the full report click on this link:
https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l.
This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, http://www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/ don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, intake of pesticide spraying to control locusts, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir


http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view,

Possum Abattoir – Lenah Game Meats, Tasmania —EngageMedia

These animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to wta@environment.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.auand click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html Submissions are now closed. Shutting down this industry will help end acts of animal cruelty, and prevent this species from being driven to extinction. This species maintains a healthy, well balanced eco system.

Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be, who are starving them to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WILDLIFE NEWS, ANIMAL WELFARE, CROCODILES, ANIMAL LAW, more, 11 August 2011

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Photos taken by NORA PRESTON.

ANIMAL WELFARE

Crocodiles – DARWIN VISIT 30-31 JULY 2011

We visited Darwin’s ‘Crocosaurus Cove’ that is in the heart of Darwin City, where they advertise ‘holding a baby croc’.

I was extremely distraught to hear the distressed baby croc crying, with her snout tightly bound by a thin rubber band, that was preventing her from breathing, cutting into her snout.

I asked the staff to remove the rubber band, and replace it with something softer, because it was harming the baby, and was quite obviously distressed. A female staff member said ‘no it doesn’t bother them’. It may not bother the staff, but it certainly bothered the baby croc. After the photos were taken, the baby croc was removed. Hopefully, the staff at Crocosaurus Cove are no longer using harmful rubber bands, or anything else that is harmful to the babies, and adult crocs.


Darwin Crocosaurus Cove and some staff – Rubber band tightly wrapped around baby croc’s snout, yellow/brown band can be seen near the tip of the snout.

Kangaroos

At an Arts and Craft market, on the Esplanade by the Darwin Bay, we found a male selling kangaroo leather. I questioned him on where he got his kangaroo leather from. He replied ‘from a tannery‘ and asked me if I knew what that was, to which I replied, ‘yes’, and asked where did they get the leather from, to which the male stall holder said, a licenced kangaroo commercial industry.

I had to ask this male 3 times, where he got the kangaroo leather from, before he replied. I then questioned him on whether or not he was aware of the acts of animal cruelty inflicted on these animals, in order to get their leather and meat. He angrily asked me if I would prefer it if they were still run into the ground, which is how they used to kill them.

Clearly this male didn’t care about humanity, who told me that other people like myself have also approached him.

The other Arts and Craft stall holders also questioned him on whether or not he was licensed.

Unfortunately the food stalls by the docks were selling/serving cooked kangaroo meat, crocodile meat, and other native wildlife, who will be receiving emails from us to educate them on these species, contamination, and the cruelty inflicted on them, etc.

Voiceless ANIMAL LAW WORKSHOP – CANBERRA

I attended the Animal Law Workshop at the ANU on 2 August 2011 where we listened to Peter Stevenson lecture about farm animals, cruelty, and taking legal action, lobbying.

We found out that there are three institutions that combine to produce EU (European Union) legislation, European Commission, European Parliament, and Council of Ministers.

Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, is that it Recognises animals as ‘sentient beings’, and Provides that, in formulating and implementing the Union’s policies on agriculture, fisheries, transport and research, the Union and the Member States shall pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals.

Australia needs to learn from this, and start ending acts of animal cruelty to all our native wildlife as well.

Hens – From 1 January 2012, only 3 systems will be lawful in EU, Free range, Barn (indoors but not in cages), Regrettably, ‘enriched’ cages will still be permitted, that are a little better than barren cages, which should be prohibited.

Retailers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers, such as McDonald’s, (over 90% of McDonald’s eggs across 23 EU countries are now free-range, and Unilever, (is cage free in its mayonnaise, and dressings across Western Europe, and has committed to use only cage-free eggs for its sauces and mayonnaises in Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary), are supporting the move away from cages.

Hens should be kept in well-designed and well-managed barns or free range systems.

Sow Stalls – Tethering banned since 2006, Sow stalls banned from 2013, Regrettably, will still be permitted in first 4 weeks of pregnancy.

Sows should either be kept outdoors or indoors in deep-bedded pens.

Intensively farmed fattening pigs – EU Pigs Directive required provision of enrichment materials, “must have permanent access to a suffiecient quantity of material to enable proper investigation and manipulation activities”, Directive rquires provision of matrials ‘such as straw, hay, wood, sawdust, mushroom compost, peat”.

Pigs Directive prohibits routine tail docking – In barren systems pigs will tend to bite each other’s tails out of frustration. Scientific research shows that proper ways to prevent tail biting is to keep pigs in good conditions, and to give them straw. Directive provides before carrying out tail docking “inadequate environmental conditions or management systems must be changed”.

Castration of pigs/piglets that involves the tearing of tissue is prohibited, surgical castration involves the tearing of tissues, with this law mostly ignored.

European declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs:2011, certain EU pig farmers and meat processors have agreed, that from 1 January 2012, that surgical castration, if carried out, shall be performed with prolonged analgesia and/or anaesthesia, surgical castration should be abandoned by 1 January 2018.

Veal Crates – banned since 2007.

Article XX Exceptions, enables measures to be taken that are necessary to protect, inter alia, public morals and animal health.

Industrial livestock production is unsustainable – Dependent on feeding cereals, and soy to farm animals, The nutritional value consumed by animals in eating a given quantity of cereals is much greater than that delivered for humans by the resultant meat, Wasteful use not just of the crops but of the scarce land, water and fossil fuel energy used to grow these crops, Environmental costs, eg pollution of water by nitrogen in artificial fertilizers used to grow feed crops and also contained in animal feed, UN report: “Intensive livestock production is probably the largest sector-specific source of water pollution”.

Loss of biodiversity – Drive to grow more animal feed leads to intensification of crop production which results in erosion of biodiversity.

Adverse impact on human health – high levels of meat and dairy consumption increase risk of heart disease, obesity and certain types of cancer, UN report: “the number of undernourished people worldwide (1billion) is matched by the number of those who are overfed and obese”.

Economic thinking needs to take account of ‘externalities’ – ‘Negative externalities’ represent a market failure – the costs associated with them are borne by third parties or society as a whole and are not included in the costs paid by farmers or the prices paid by consumers, Growing recognition by bodies such as the World Bank and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation of the need to internalize externalities in the costs of meat and dairy production etc in the price paid by consumers. Ref: Law Lecture Peter Stevenson August 2011.

We were shown graphic slides of the horror and the cruelty inflicted on these farm animals.


Peter Stevenson, qualified lawyer, Chief Policy Advisor of Compassion in World Farming, who played a leading role in winning the EU bans on veal crates, battery cages and sow stalls, as well as a new status for animals in EU law as sentient beings. Peter has written comprehensive legal analyses of EU legislation on farm animals and also of the impact of the WTO rules on animal welfare.


Voiceless Ondine Sherman spoke up in defence for our native Kangaroos.

REPTILES

Our reptiles are starting to wake up out of hibernation, and roam around, with our change in weather, so please slow down and drive carefully.

Remember, our native wildlife do not have any road sense and are vulnerable, dependent on you to watch out for them, and not run them down.

INJURED WILDLIFE – rescue

If you find an injured animal, please handle gently and carefully, place a towel over the animal, covering the head as well to reduce shock, and place in a newspaper lined box.

Kangaroos will need a large blanket, if female, check the pouch for young, carefully remove the Joey if the kangaroo is dead or badly injured, and wrap it in a jumper for the time being.

Possums will also need to be checked if female, for joeys in their pouches and removed, temporarily wrapped in a jumper.

If the joeys are hanging onto the teat of their dead mothers, as one caller described the teat, ‘the baby was hanging onto a bit of string’, the teat needs to be pulled out at full length, held at the very base, and cut off , being careful not to allow the Joey to swallow the teat, keep holding the teat, the teat can then be carefully removed, by pulling it gently out of the Joey’s mouth.

Phone Wildlife Carers Group on 0406 056 099.

PETS HIT BY VEHICLES.

We continue to receive enquiries about pets either found injured or dead on the road, and are asked what to do.

Take the pet to the nearest vet where you have picked the injured or dead pet up from.

Chances are that the vet will recognize the pet, and locate the owners.

FLYING FOXES – AVOIDING HENDRA VIRUS-Horses

Hendra virus can be transmitted from flying fox to horse, horse to horse and horse to human. While the exact route of transmission is not known, it is thought that horses contract Hendra virus by ingesting material contaminated by infected flying fox body fluids and excretions. There is no evidence of Hendra virus spreading from person to person or from flying fox to human. The scientific information available on the disease is not complete and research continues to learn more about Hendra virus—particularly about how it is transmitted from flying foxes to horses. While Hendra virus is present in flying fox populations, the risk of horses being infected is very low. Horses should be removed from paddocks where flowering/fruiting trees are attracting flying foxes. Horses should be returned only after the trees have stopped flowering/fruiting and the flying foxes have gone. If it is not possible to remove horses from paddocks, try to temporarily remove your horses during times of peak flying fox activity (usually at dusk and during the night). Ref: Biosecurity Queensland

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2009/2010.


WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2011.

There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.
Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

NORA PRESTON ( began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80’s .)

President/Founder
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
PO Box 3509
WESTON CREEK ACT 2611
Mob: 0406 056 099
Email:
wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au

Website: http://wcg.awardspace.com

http://www.myspace.com/wcginc Check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and become a friend. We are also onFacebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info with photos included on the site, and become a friend. You can now follow us and join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/,http://canberra.climatexchange.org.au/wildlife-carers-group

11 August 2011

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au
or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support .

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form fromhttp://wcg.awardspace.com and join up. Thank you for all your support.

To see Wildlife Carers Group full 5-day report, of the training with the work experience student, Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, results: contaminated, etc Please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l;
For the full report click on this link: 
https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l.
This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, http://www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/ don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, intake of pesticide spraying to control locusts, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir


http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view,

Possum Abattoir – Lenah Game Meats, Tasmania —EngageMedia

These animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to wta@environment.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.auand click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html Submissions are now closed. Shutting down this industry will help end acts of animal cruelty, and prevent this species from being driven to extinction. This species maintains a healthy, well balanced eco system.

Terminating the rangers and Qld Government staff from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island, please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be, (link sent to me by Jennifer Parkhurst in June 2011), who are starving them to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP (WCG) visit to Callum Brae Nature Reserve, etc; FULL 5-day WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENT (WES) PLACEMENT REPORT, TRAINED BY WCG FOUNDING PRESIDENT NORA PRESTON, 4-8 JULY 2011

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP 5-day WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENT PLACEMENT, 4-8 JULY 2011

On day 1, our field trip was a site visit to Callum Brae Nature Reserve. This visit was to check for injured and orphaned kangaroos after the unnecessary killing of our innocent native Eastern Grey Kangaroos-macropods, by the government that they base on a kangaroo management plan that is not based on any scientific evidence. The site visit was also covering animal welfare, conservation, habitat destruction by the government and shooters, and to count the kangaroos.

We counted approximately 5 very scared kangaroos that included one Joey.

We noted the damage caused by the government and shooters vehicles around the site.

There was no damage caused by our native macropods.

We found a Joey that had its limbs ripped apart, and an adult skull, that was shot in the upper jaw.

The student was given a compass.

It is very easy to get lost when looking for injured wildlife, so always make sure you tell someone where you are going, carry a compass, a fully charged mobile phone, snacks, chocolate is a good energy food, warm clothing in the winter, and water.

The student was also handed notes throughout the 5 days on ‘FIRST AID/SOME BASIC HINTS ON WILDLIFE, WILDLIFE RELEASE/RESCUE’;  http://wcg.awardspace.com, ‘KANGAROOS AND DISEASES’, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroos-and-diseases-notes-for-5-day-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l; ‘KANGAROO TESTING FOR E. Coli, coliforms, TVC and Salmonella’, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroo-meat-testing-for-e-coli-coliforms-and-tvc-and-salmonella-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l;  ‘Identification, Disease, Treatment, Handling, Diet, Habitat, Housing for Birds’; ‘Snakes Information, Identification, tips, First Aid’, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l, and was also given the Nature Reserve names where our innocent native kangaroos were tortured to death, so that she could locate the reserves.

We also dropped in on Domestic Animals Service (DAS), and checked out their 2 after hour’s pens, under the student’s further animal welfare training.

While from April to July 2009, Wildlife Carers Group exposed DAS with their neglect to their after hour’s lock up, and also exposed the rspca for failing to act to improve the pens conditions and housing for the dogs, it seems that in 2011, not much improvement has occurred.

We found drops of either blood or diarrhoea on the cold concrete floor, with the large bucket for water still being used, which small dogs cannot reach to drink out of. The other pen, had a container, but no water in it. One bed liner was thrown over the wired enclosure. Only one padlock was provided for one after hours lock up, to avoid more than one dog from being placed into the same after hours lock up, to avoid the dogs from injuring and/or killing each other.

Days 2 and 4 Kangaroo Meat Testing, Process and results click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l.

It doesn’t matter which state, country, or what supermarket, or butcher you purchase kangaroo meat from, the end result will always be the same, kangaroo meat is unfit for pet and human consumption, with this inhumane industry driving our already vulnerable native wildlife to extinction, that needs to be IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN.

To see Further Notes handed out, click on the links below:  https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroos-and-diseases-notes-for-5-day-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l;

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroo-meat-testing-for-e-coli-coliforms-and-tvc-and-salmonella-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l;

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l

On day 3 we returned to DAS, to find a small dog in the after hours lock up, with the large bucket of water, that the dog could not reach to get a drink out of. The padlock was not used, putting this dog’s life into danger of having another dog or dogs, placed in the same pen with it, at risk of either injuring or killing each other.

The bed liner was thrown onto the ground, as seen in the photo below.

Photos taken by NORA PRESTON.

We lifted up the rug, to find that the drops of blood or diarrhoea we found on day 1, 4/7/11, now dried up, still not cleaned up on day 3, 6/7/11.

On 6/7/11, the bowl in the other after hours pen was still empty.

DAS, only one padlock provided. After we switched the containers, it was extremely hard to get this padlock in place and to lock it, 6/7/11.

DAS after hours lock up, large bucket of water still not replaced with smaller bowls, since 2009, that small dogs cannot reach to drink out of 6/7/11.

DAS after hours lock up, drops of dried up blood or diarrhoea, left from 4/7/11, under the bed liner 6/7/11.

DAS, empty bowl in other after hours lock up 6/7/11.

We took the empty bowl from the empty lock up, and poured water into it from the bucket, we then switched the containers, placing the small bowl into the after hours pen, with the small dog.

DAS, we switched the containers, poured water into the bowl from the bucket. The bed liner is full of urine 6/7/11.

After we switched the bowls, I finally got the padlock to lock, with a lot of difficulty, to prevent this dog from having another dog or dogs, placed in the same after hour’s pen with it.

Das after hours holding pen

We then dropped in on the rspca and found a number of dogs and all the rabbits living in their faeces in the rspca pens.

rspca dogs living in their faeces in the rspca pens. I only took one photo of one dog pen.

On day 5 we visited the Canberra Reptile Centre, identifying the reptiles, where the student chose to handle a blue tongue lizard.

Calls were also taken for wildlife.

End of 5-day Work Experience Student (WES) holding her framed Certificate of Completion of her Work Experience, M/ship Card and Compass.

The student was picked up, and dropped off at home each day, by Nora
Preston.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2009/2010.

WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2011.

There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

NORA PRESTON (began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80’s.)

President/Founder
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
PO Box 3509
WESTON CREEK ACT 2611
Mob: 0406 056 099
Email:
wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au

Website: http://wcg.awardspace.com

http://www.myspace.com/wcgincCheck out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and become a friend. We are also on Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info with photos included on the site, and become a friend. You can now follow us and join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/, http://canberra.climatexchange.org.au/wildlife-carers-group

20 July 2011

SupportWCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money.WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509, Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA. Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au
or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support.

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

SupportWCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form fromhttp://wcg.awardspace.com and join up. Thank you for all your support.

Click this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l, for Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo meat testing, process, results; and
For full report, click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, http://www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, which was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, which completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands that was sent to Maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a Joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a Joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog/cat consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacteria, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency,(a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beriberi and other disorders), causing death, intake of pesticide spraying to control locusts, etc. Keep watching till it stops; keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on YouTube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir

http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view, Possum Abattoir – Lenah Game Meats, Tasmania — EngageMedia. These animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to wta@environment.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.auand click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html Submissions are now closed.

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

SNAKES INFORMATION, IDENTIFICATION, TIPS, FIRST AID notes for WES 4-8 July 2011

SNAKES INFORMATION, IDENTIFICATION, TIPS, FIRST AID

Apparently 10 snakes have been identified to inhabit the ACT.

Snakes of the Southern Tablelands and Canberra Region:

Copperhead-Austrelaps superbus, to view picture click on this link  http://museumvictoria.com.au/forest/images/mr006727_md.jpg,  found in Tasmania, Victoria, and western plains of NSW, venom has neurotoxic, coagulopthic and myotoxic actions, however, despite its large venom output, bites are rarely fatal, tiger snake anti venom is used; Small-eyed – Elapidae Cryptophis nigrescens
Eastern Small-Eyed Snake, found on the north coast and tablelands that has been confused for the Red-bellied Black, Small-eyed has a shiny head and body with a pink belly, not a RED belly, venomous; Red-bellied Black snake –Pseudechis porphyriacus, http://ih2.redbubble.net/image.3595621.2680/flat,550×550,075,f.jpg found in all eastern non-arid areas, while their venom has neurotoxic, coagulopthic and myotoxic actions, it is not as potent as most, and no deaths have yet been reported. May use Black or Tiger antivenom; Carpet or Diamond Python – Boidae Morelia spilota spilota, non venomous Carpet Python; White-lipped – Drysdalia coronoides, White-Lipped Snake venom not considered dangerous; Common or Eastern Brown Snake – Pseudonaja textilis, to view the picture please click on this link  http://www.fauna.com.au/web_pages/animals/reptiles/eastern_brown_snake.jpg, while the venom is extremely potent, the quantity of venom injected is usually small, however, this snake causes more snake bite deaths in Australia than any other. Gwardir also known as Western Brown Snake (Gwardir) – Pseudonaja nuchalis, to view pictures click on this link http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Western+Brown+snake+images&oq=Western+Brown+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…494800.498159.14.500476.13.13.0.0.0.0.294.1577.7j2j4.13.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.pA2Z2Wo3gfk&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828 ,and Dugite-Pseudonaja affinis is a Spotted Brown snake found in WA,  to view pictures please click on this link http://www.avru.org/general/general_dugite.html.  Brown snakes, found all over Australia, not Tasmania, venom causes severe coagulation disturbances, neurotoxicity, and occasionally nephrotoxicity (by a direct action of the venom), but not rhabdomyolysis; Death Adder-Acanthopis antarcticus, to view pictures click on this link http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Death+adder+snake+images&oq=Death+adder+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…10379.12139.0.17479.11.8.0.0.0.0.684.1970.5-3.3.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.easiCc97epU&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828  
found almost all over Australia, not Tasmania, has a strongly neurotoxic venom, coagulation defects are usually minor and rhabdomyolysis is almost never seen. It has characteristic appearance and may be striped; Bandy bandy – Vermicella annulata, Bandy-Bandy Snake venomous but not regarded as dangerous(black white banded), habitat is sub-terranian (under ground), and is found Northern and Eastern Australia, Central Australian Deserts; Blind snakes – Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops australis, Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus, Ramphotyphlops nigrescens, Ramphotyphlops proximus, that are worm like, non venomous, 45 species in Australia, to view pictures of Blind snakes click here http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Blind+snake+images&oq=Blind+snake+images&gs_l=img.12..0i24.323999.324862.2.331675.5.5.0.0.0.0.704.3108.5-4j1.5.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.9hJCBufgXDY&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828live in south-eastern Australia and are found wherever ants are, which is their main food source; Dwyer’s black-headed – Rhinoplocephalus dwyeri, to view pictures click here http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Dwyer%27s+Black+headed+snake+images&oq=Dwyer%27s+Black+headed+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…258338.283371.4.284911.22.22.0.0.0.2.1025.5050.6j4j10j0j1j7-1.22.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.ZEPMDJ3XF7I&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828not considered to be dangerous to humans; Mustard-bellied – Drysdalia rhodogaster,  http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Mustard+bellied+snake+images&oq=Mustard+bellied+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…590200.593086.10.594794.15.15.0.0.0.2.226.1980.7j4j4.15.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.HEqdA75dNaE&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828 , other names: Blue Mountains crowned snake; Little Whip Snake – Suta flagellum, (threatened species) http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Little+Whip+snake+images&oq=Little+Whip+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…1518268.1519979.12.1522232.11.8.0.0.0.0.917.6211.5-1j7.8.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.nAFJxcW6pE4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828   found through northeast and southeast NSW, with the uncertainty of the toxicity of its venom in humans, and whether or not it actually caused 1 death at Mt Alexander, Victoria on 15 April 2007; and Eastern Tiger Snake – Notechis scutatis, to view photos click here http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Eastern+tiger+snake+images&oq=Eastern+tiger+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…109871.113983.6.115988.13.13.0.0.0.0.317.2076.5j3j4j1.13.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.igAB_6xIRGY&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828; Black Tiger Snake – Notechis ater,  to view pictures click here http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Black+tiger+snake+images&oq=Black+tiger+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…136183.136879.8.139331.5.5.0.0.0.0.690.3098.5-5.5.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.W6SA8Urwups&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828.  The characteristic stripes of the Tiger snake are not seen all year round, and there is a totally black variant found around the Flinders Ranges area of South Australia. As well as neurotoxicity and coagulopathy, rhabdomyolysis (due to Notexin in the venom) is very likely if treatment is delayed. Untreated mortality is about 45%. Tiger snake is found in the temperate southern areas of Australia.

All snakes are Venomous in the ACT, except for the Blind Snake, that is worm like.

The most toxic venom in snakes in the ACT and southern tablelands, rates as Eastern Brown Snake, Tiger Snake, common Death Adder, Copperhead, Redbellied Black Snake, Eastern Small-eyed Snake, that were tested on mice only.

The Inland Taipan has the most toxic venom of any snake tested on mice, on the list of the top 25 most toxic snakes, with Eastern Brown Snake coming 2nd, the Coastal Taipan coming 3rd on the list, followed by the Eastern mainland Tiger snake coming 4th.

The common Death Adder came 10th, Copperhead 12th, Redbellied Black 22nd, Eastern Small-eyed 23rd.

Eastern Brown Snakes are most frequently seen in our gardens, occasionally we see the
Red-bellied Black Snake, Tiger, and Dwyer’s black-headed Snakes.

Eastern Brown Snakes colour can vary from brown to grey, can appear blackish, dark
brown or orange. Young snakes may be entirely brown or may have a black patch
on their head, and a black band on their neck. Black bands across the body may be present.

To avoid snakes from entering your garden, don’t leave piles of bagged leaves and any
other sort of rubbish lying around.

Snakes are as scared of you as you are of them, and will warn you to stay away from
them and not to approach them, by rearing the front part of their body up at you.

While snakes can give you a dry bite, (no venom injected into you), Don’t ignore
their warning to avoid from being bitten.

Snakes will usually pass through your garden, so if you see one, take all your pets,
children and yourselves inside, lock the doors and windows.

Wait for an hour or so before you check again.

To avoid being bitten in all circumstances, allow the snake to pass through, stand still
if bushwalking or just walking through paddocks, etc, do not try to kill or handle snakes, be alert when bush walking, cover up with trousers and enclosed shoes when gardening as well in overgrown areas, avoid walking through long grass and putting your hands into hollow logs or rock crevices, and keep your
pets away from all reptiles, and other wildlife.

Snakes, and all other native wildlife are protected, therefore it is illegal to kill them.

Signs and Symptoms of Snake Bites – the bite site is usually painless. You may have a classical paired fang mark, but this is not the most common picture. Often there are just a few lacerations or scratches, and sometimes these may be painless or go unnoticed.
Bruising, bleeding, and local swelling may be present, but significant local tissue destruction is uncommon in Australia.

Regional lymphadenopathy may be marked, even with non-venomous snake bites, and is not by itself an indication for the administation of antivenom. It may contribute to abdominal pain in children.

The usual sequence of systemic symptom development –

  • (<1hr) Headache (an
    important symptom), irritability, photophobia, nausea, vomiting,
    diarrhoea, confusion; coagulation abnormalities; occasionally sudden
    hypotension with loss of consciousness.
  • (1-3 hrs) Cranial nerve
    paralysis (ptosis, diplopia, dysphagia etc), abdominal pain,
    haemoglobinuria, hypertension, tachycardia, haemmorrhage.
  • (>3hrs) Limb and
    respiratory muscle paralysis leading to respiratory failure, peripheral
    circulatory failure with pallor and cyanosis, myoglobinuria, eventually
    death.

This sequence of events is highly variable. Brown snake bites, even apparently
trivial ones, have been associated with acute deterioration over a five minute
period leading to death.

This may occur as soon as 30 minutes to an hour after the original bite. Acute, severe
cardiac depression may be the mechanism for sudden death.

Paralysis, when it occurs, usually commences with cranial nerves, then skeletal muscle,
then the muscles of respiration. In small children or with highly venomous
snake bites it may happen much more quickly.

Major bleeding disturbances are, as mentioned before, rare with Australian snakes,
although the development of coagulopathies and a DIC-like picture are
relatively common.

Thromboctopaenia and haemolysis may occur. Watch for haematuria, haemoptysis, haematemesis, low bowel haemmorrhage, menorrhagia or haemoglobinuria, and remember that about 20% of patients who die after snake bite have cerebral haemmorrhages.

Muscle destruction from myolytic toxins is not uncommon and may not be associated with muscle tenderness; it may lead to renal failure and should be specifically
looked for, because early treatment with antivenom will reduce its severity.

Snake bite should always be considered in any case of unexpected confusion or loss of
consciousness following outdoor activities in snake country. In Australia,
snake venoms alone cause coagulopathy, so if present you can rule out other
forms of envenomation.

Prognosis depends on the type of snake and the quantity of venom injected. An angry snake and multiple bites is associated with greater venom volumes.

Snake Bites and Domestic Pets:

Ian Westbrook describes, in this moving story, how an apparently trivial bite
from a tiger snake caused the death of one of his dogs. In contrast, Donna
describes her experience with a Death Adder bite.

Murdoch University provides a ‘pets in summer – snakebite warning‘ page with a number of pet safety and snake information sheets.

First Aid for Snake Bites:

Do NOT wash the area of the bite!

It is extremely important to retain traces of venom for use with venom identification
kits!

Stop lymphatic spread – bandage firmly, splint and immobilise!

The “pressure-immobilisation” technique is currently recommended by the
Australian Resuscitation Council, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

The lymphatic system is responsible for systemic spread of most venoms.
This can be reduced by the application of a firm bandage (as firm as you would
put on a sprained ankle) over a folded pad placed over the bitten area. While
firm, it should not be so tight that it stops blood flow to the limb or to
congests the veins. Start bandaging directly over the bitten area, ensuing that
the pressure over the bite is firm and even. If you have enough bandage you can
extend towards more central parts of the body, to delay spread of any venom
that has already started to move centrally. A pressure dressing should be
applied even if the bite is on the victims trunk or torso.

Immobility is best attained by application of a splint or sling, using a bandage or
whatever to hand to absolutely minimise all limb movement, reassurance and
immobilisation (eg, putting the patient on a stretcher). Where possible, bring
transportation to the patient (rather then vice versa). Don’t allow the victim
to walk or move a limb. Walking should be prevented.

The pressure-immobilisation approach is simple, safe and will not cause iatrogenic
tissue damage (ie, from incision, injection, freezing or arterial torniquets – all of which are ineffective).

See the AVRU site for more details of bandaging techniques.

Bites to the head, neck, and back are a special problem – firm pressure should be
applied locally if possible.

Removal of the bandage will be associated with rapid systemic spread. Hence ALWAYS wait until the patient is in a fully-equipped medical treatment area before bandage
removal is attempted.

Do NOT cut or excise the area or apply an arterial torniquet! Both these measures are
ineffective and may make the situation worse.

Joris Wijnker’s Snakebite Productions has more information on envenomation and he can supply a suitable first aid kit and booklet.

Brief Description for First Aid Treatment – if either you or someone is bitten by a snake, don’t wash the wound, so that the excess venom on you can help the medical
staff identify the snake that bit you, for the use of the anti venom that will be needed to treat you.

Venom travels through the lymph system, which is close to the surface, so apply a
firm pressure bandage over the bitten area and around the affected limb, using a conforming bandage, or other suitable material you may have on you at the time, eg, pantyhose.

Bandage from the bite to the fingers or toes, then up to the armpit or groin.

Apply a splint to immobilise the limb.

Don’t give alcohol, food or drugs,as these will stimulate fluid movement.

Keep still by lying down and call an ambulance to be taken to hospital.

If someone else has been bitten, get them to lay down and keep them still,
reassure them that everything is ok, and keep speaking to them.

Medical Management of Snake Bites

Only 1 in 20 snake bites require active emergency treatment or the administration of
antivenom. Medical management depends on the degree of systemic envenomation
and the type of venom.

See also the AVRU site for more info on clincial assessment and management.

Critically ill patients

  • Maintain immobilisation,
    splint and bandage until the situation is under control!
  • Support airway, breathing
    and circulation.
  • Intubate and ventilate with
    100% Oxygen if airway or respiration fail.
  • Give antivenom immediately (See
    below for details)
    . Intravenous adrenaline should be given only
    for lifethreatening hypotension or anaphylaxis – its use has been
    associated with cerebral haemorrhage.
  • Volume expansion may be
    necessary.
  • Severe coagulation
    disturbances, electrolyte abnormalities, and muscle damage leading to
    acute renal failure are likely.
  • Repeat antivenom as
    clinically indicated.
  • General management as for
    less seriously ill patients as well (see below).

Less seriously ill patients – no signs of systemic spread

  • Admit to ICU for
    non-invasive monitoring, strict bedrest and full head injury observations
    (wake hourly).
  • Leave bandages in place.
  • Obtain appropriate
    antivenoms and venom detection kit.
  • Obtain intravenous access.
  • Take blood for group and
    X-match, coagulation screen (including fibrinogen levels, and tests for
    DIC), full blood count, electrolytes and calcium, creatinine kinase and
    arterial blood gases. Perform ECG. Repeat at appropriate intervals.
  • Collect urine for microscopy
    to detect haematuria and for free protein, haemoglobin and myoglobin
    measurement. Record urine output. Freeze the first sample for venom
    detection.
  • Draw up adrenaline,
    antihistamine, and steroids in case of anaphylaxis to antivenom.
  • When ready, cut a hole over
    the wound site, inspect and take swabs for use with the venom detection kit.
  • Once the results of the
    venom detection kit are known, slowly and progressively remove the
    bandages. Don’t rush!

If systemic symptoms ensue:

  • Re-apply bandages and give
    antivenom as clinically indicated.
  • Ensure the patient is well
    hydrated (to reduce the risk of acute renal failure due to
    rhabdomyolysis).
  • Repeat blood tests, ECG, etc
    at clinically relevant intervals.
  • Correct abnormal
    coagulation; look out for disseminated intravascular coagulation (heparin
    probably contra-indicated in DIC from snake bite).
  • Analgesia and sedation – be
    cautious.
  • Correct hypotension, if
    present, with volume expansion and vasopressors (exclude occult bleeding).
  • Watch for development of
    renal failure – monitor urine output and composition.
  • Tetanus prohylaxis is
    recommended.

Usually, if there are no signs of envenomation four hours after removal of the bandages,
and if repeat blood tests taken at that time are normal, then it is probable that significant envenomation has not occurred. If laboratory tests are not available, 12 to 24 hours is a reasonable period of observation.

Recovery is usually complete, though the patient usually develops a sensitivity to
equine immunoglobulin.

If the patient develops serum sickness (see below), the severity is reduced by steroid
administration (eg. prednisolone 1mg/kg every 8 hours) until resolution occurs.
A course of steroids is recommended in all patients who receive polyvalent
antivenoms.

Antivenoms and Pre-Treatment:

Antivenom should be given to all patients who exhibit signs of systemic spread.

If possible choose the appropriate antivenom. Snake identification is unreliable
(unless the person works with snakes or was bitten in a zoo and they know what
bit them!). Venom detection kits (instructions) may be helpful; if in doubt use
tiger snake antivenom in Tasmania, tiger and brown snake antivenom in Victoria,
and polyvalent antivenom in all other states and New Guinea or see the AVRU guidelines. One ampoule (50ml of 17% protein) should neutralise the average venom yield from milking a snake of that species, and is usually enough for all but the most severe envenomations.
Severe bites may require much more and a recent in vitro study (Sprivulis,
Jelinek and Marshall. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 1996; 24: 379-381)
suggests that much more is also required to neutralize the procoagulant effects
of Brown and Tiger snakes (up to 20 times the recommended dose!). If the
situation allows, antivenoms should be given slowly (over half an hour, diluted
in an IV fluid). A test dose may be advisable, particularly following prior
exposure to equine protein.

The
AVRU site provides detailed antivenom dosage
information
and
info on dosage, administration, premedication, serum sickness, and suggested
quantities to be held by hospitals
.Antivenoms
are prepared from horse serum. The risk of anaphylaxis is very low (less than
1% even for polyvalent antivenoms), but is increased in people who have had
prior exposure to horses, equine tetanus vaccines, and a general allergic
history. This increased risk is much more common in people aged 50 years or
more. About 4% of all administrations are associated with minor reactions.Pre-treatment
with a non-sedating anti-histamine (ie, promethazine 0.25 mg/kg),
subcutaneous adrenaline (0.25mg for adults, 0.01mg/kg for children), and iv
steroids (hydrocortisone 2mg/kg) is still recommended, athough severe
reactions are rare. In general the risk from the snake toxins is much greater
than the risk of administering the antivenom.Each
State in Australia has a specifically formulated polyvalent antivenom to suit
local snake species, however it is preferable to use a snake-specific
antivenom whenever possible to reduce the chance of reactions. Details of
which antivenom to use varies from state to state, and are found with the
packs and test kits.If an
antivenom is administered, ALWAYS advise the patient of the possibility of
delayed serum sickness (up to 14 days later). This is characterised by fever,
rash, generalised lymphadenopathy, aching joints and renal impairment. The
likelihood of developing this depends on the volume of antivenom required. It
occurs in about 10% of patients who are given polyvalent antivenoms.
Treatment with steroids is usually all that is needed.Supplies
of antivenoms may be obtained from Commonwealth Serum Laboratories,
Australia. Struan Sutherland has suggested that metropolitan and regional
hospitals should keep 4 ampoules of polyvalent antivenom and 4 ampoules for
each type of snake that is found in the area. He also suggested that smaller
centers should stock enough antivenom, as approprite for the local snake
population, to manage one bite, unless the incidence of snakebite is
unusually high or low in that area. In southern Victoria a combination of
tiger (3000 units) and brown snake (1000 units) antivenoms can be used where
the identity of the snake is unknown, and in Tasmania tiger snake antivenom
alone (6000 units) is suitable.Shelf
life is 3 years when stored in a refrigerator. Antivenoms should not be
frozen. (Refs: Herpetological Association and related links, Alice Springs
Desert Park, Steve’s guide to snakes of the North Coast and Tablelands NSW,
Reptiles Down Under, Australian Venom Research Unit, Bioinformatiacs Museum
Victoria)

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To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form fromhttp://wcg.awardspace.com and join up. Thank you for all your
support.

Click this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l, for Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo meat testing, process, results, etc.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected
Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/ don fletcher from tams says that
kangaroos are not the main problem
and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not
threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that
“the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands
of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan,
and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating
grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when
fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos,
but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, that was in the Canberra times
on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos
destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the
roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in
the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling
controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION/KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species.  Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir

http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view, these animals are still alive and awake, when going through the
abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a
swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on
top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir,
(possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed
to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You
can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding
the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10,
to wta@environment.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.auand
click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html
Submissions are now closed.

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or
accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or
appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

KANGAROO MEAT TESTING FOR E. coli, coliforms and TVC and Salmonella notes for WES 4-8 July 2011

KANGAROO MEAT TESTING FOR E. Coli, coliforms and TVC and Salmonella

4. Procedure

4.1 Sample Collection

Kangaroos


Incoming kangaroo carcases must be tested for E. coli, coliforms and TVC*


Skinned carcases of kangaroos must be tested for E. coli, coliforms, TVC and Salmonella*.


Bulk packed manufacturing meat derived from kangaroo carcases must be tested for E. coli , coliforms and TVC *.

* Analysis for TVC, coliforms ,E. coli and Salmonellacan be performed from the same sample.

For the purposes of determining production volume and therefore sampling frequency, a separate processing chain is defined in the following cases:

4.1.1 Each shift is considered a separate processing chain. An establishment is considered operating a shift when it operates a separate morning and evening shift, or where the operation involves 12-13 hour 3-day shifts. In the latter case a separate team is employed for each of the shifts.

4.1.2 Different classes of animals e.g. kangaroo & wild boar are processed on the same chain.

4.1.3 Multiple processing chain establishments, where the same class of animal is processed on two or more different chains.

4.2 Selection of Carcases/Cartons

Sampling shall be carried out on randomly selected carcases and cartons. It is important that selection of carcases and cartons is made on a statistically based random sampling program (e.g. commercially available random number tables or a computer spreadsheet application such as ‘EXCEL’). Carcases and cartons processed during different processing production periods must have an equal chance of being selected for sampling.

4.3 Sampling Method

Sampling of the stipulated sites (below) shall be carried out using a swabbing method as detailed in AMN 2003/06 using a 5cm x 5cm sampling area on randomly selected carcases. Tested carcases or cartons are not required to be held pending availability of test results.

Individual pieces of bulk packed
manufacturing
meat are sampled by cutting a single 25 cm 2 slice of surface tissue (maximum thickness ~ 5 mm) from product with a sterile instrument. Equipment must be sterilised between cartons. The sample is placed aseptically into a sample container or a plastic dilution bag at the establishment and transported to the laboratory.

4.4 Sampling Area

4.4.1 Kangaroo (pre-dressing) – swab sample from one site (25cm?).

4.4.2 Kangaroo (dressed) – swab samples from three sites (25cm? x 3 = 75cm?).

4.4.3 Kangaroo bulk packed manufacturing meat – excision sample from one site (25cm? by 5mm deep).

4.5 Sampling Sites

4.5.1 Kangaroo (Pre- dressing)

Sampling location for microbiological testing.

Template size: 5cm x 5cm
Sampling area: 25cm? per site
Total area sampled: 25cm?

4.5.1.1 Fillet: The lower edge of the template should be placed approximately 5 cm above the posterior edge of the kidneys.

4.5.2 Kangaroo (dressed)

Sampling location for microbiological testing.

Template size: 5cm x 5cm
Sampling area: 25cm? per site
Total area sampled: 75cm?

Sample order: shoulder (S1) and rump (S2) and then belly (S3).

4.5.2.1 Site 1 (S1) Shoulder (forequarter): on the lateral surface of the carcase just in front (anterior) of the shoulder blade (the spine of the scapula).

4.5.2.2 Site 2 (S2) Rump (hindquarter): on the lateral surface of the carcase, half way between the stifle (knee) and the hip.

4.5.2.3 Site 3 (S3) Belly: Locate the last thoracic rib. The site is in alignment with the caudal edge of the last thoracic rib and bordering the mid-line cut.

4.5.3 Kangaroo
bulk packed manufacturing meat

Product samples will be collected randomly from meat within the carton.

4.7 Sterilisation of templates and equipment

In order to ensure there is no cross-contamination between carcases/cartons and templates, or equipment to carcases/cartons, templates and equipment must be correctly ‘sterilised’ at the commencement of sampling and between carcases. Used templates may be returned to the laboratory for cleaning and sanitising or immersed for 6-10 seconds in an 82 oC steriliser immediately prior to sampling. Templates do not have to be sterilised between sample sites only between carcases/cartons.

4.8 Sampling Frequency

E. coli, coliforms and TVC

Species/Product Processed

Sampling Frequency

Sampling Area

Kangaroo (pre-dressing)

1 sample every 300 carcases with a minimum of 1 per truck

25 cm2

Dressed Kangaroo

1 sample every 600 carcases

75 cm2

Kangaroo bulk packed manufacturing meat

1 sample every 500 cartons

25 cm2 by 5mm deep

Dressed Wild Boar

1 sample every 200 carcases

50 cm2

For each production shift, each establishment must conduct at least one set of testing on one carcase and one carton.

Salmonella

Species Processed

Sampling Frequency

Sampling Area

Dressed Kangaroo

1 sample every 3000 carcases

75 cm2

4.9 Sample submission records

Sufficient information should be recorded and kept on-plant against the sample to allow identification and trace-back. Samples from pre-dressing and dressed game should be recorded with all the information on the harvester ticket. If possible, bulked packed product sample records should also contain as much harvester data as possible.

5. Testing Requirements

5.1 Test Methodology

Note: Laboratories approved for the determination of E. coli using Petrifilm are automatically approved for analysis of coliform bacteria using Petrifilm ie AOAC 991.14.

Laboratories testing chilled carcases as part of the National Microbiological Monitoring program (formally ESAM samples)

6.1 Sample Temperature/Transportation

6.1.1 E. coli / coliform / TVC and Salmonella samples must be transported between 0o and 7oC unless frozen as detailed above.

6.1.2 Samples must be refrigerated (or frozen) as soon as practical after collection (refrigeration or freezing must commence within one-hour of collection). NB: Swab samples cannot be frozen.

6.1.3 Bags containing samples must be sealed to ensure that there is no cross-contamination between samples during transport; this may require samples to be enclosed within a second bag.

6.1.4 Insert into the dispatch container all relevant documentation pertaining to the samples, including the date, time of collection and whether the samples are chilled or frozen. 6.1.5 Samples are to be transported in appropriate containers as directed by the laboratory. Containers must be able to maintain the sample temperature between 0 and 7?C. Frozen samples can be transported at 0-7?C but must not be re-frozen on arrival at the laboratory.

Reporting of E. coli, coliform, and TVC Results

All test results with one or more positive colonies must be recorded by the company as a count per cm2. If no colonies are present on plates from the initial dilution, the count is reported as less than (<) the limit of detection. Laboratories must report the actual result as cfu/cm2 . A sufficient number of dilutions must be performed to ensure quantitative results are reported for coliforms, E. coli and TVC.

Reporting dressed carcase and bulk packed manufacturing meat results to the national microbiological database, results for coliforms, E. coli and TVC less than the limit of detection of the method are reported as zero.

Reporting of Salmonella Results

Results for samples tested for Salmonella must be reported as pass or fail (i.e. detected or not detected).

9. Interpretation of Test Results

9.1. Interpretation of E. coli Results (Dressed Carcases and Bulk Packed Manufacturing Meat)

Interpretation of E. coli results is based on a ‘three-class sampling plan’similar to that used for other slaughter species. Traditionally, three-class sampling plans have been used for demonstrating statistical process control. The performance of such sampling plans is defined by parameters m, M, n and c, where:

m ‘ [little ‘m’] is a defined value separating a good result from a marginally acceptable result (values above m but not greater than M are marginal).

M ‘: [big ‘M’] is the maximum value for a marginal result (values greater than M are unacceptable).

n ‘ is the number of samples in a window.

c ‘ is the number of marginal samples allowed in ‘n’ samples.

Based on these parameters a sample result can fall into one of three possible categories ie

Acceptable – less than or equal to a defined limit ( m ) ( ≤ m cfu/cm2)

Marginal – greater than m but not higher than M (>m, bu t ≤ M]).

Unacceptable – results greater than M (> M cfu/cm2) .

9.2. Performance Standards for E. coli (Dressed Carcases and Bulk Packed Manufacturing Meat)

E. coli Performance Standards based on 2007 national microbiological monitoring data

Species

n

c

m

( cfu/cm2)

M

( cfu/cm2)

Kangaroo

15

7

50

500

Sampling is by a moving window so that on any day the previous 15 samples (including the current day’s sample) are considered when assessing compliance with the performance standards. In order to allow for corrections in a process to be evaluated a window will be ‘reset’ after each failure and subsequent corrective/preventive actions. A window will fail if E. coli results > ‘m’ and ≤ ‘M’ exceed ‘c’ or a single result >M is recorded. Such results will trigger an E. coli ‘ALERT’. Appendix 1 demonstrates a moving window.

When an E. coli sampling window fails, the establishment must immediately notify the AQIS OPS. An E. coli ‘Alert’ will require the establishment to initiate a review of the possible causative factors contributing to the ‘Alert’. This may include external (e.g. collection / harvesting, transportation, storage) and/or internal factors (eg carcase dressing procedures, employee training). It should also include action undertaken to prevent the recurrence of the contributing factors.

Verification of corrective action can be achieved through further monitoring of microbiological results under this program. However, if recurrent deviations from expected performance results occur, the efficacy of the corrective actions taken must be queried and more effective changes implemented to prevent the recurrence.

9.3 Coliform bacteria (Dressed Carcases and Bulk Packed Manufacturing Meat)

AQIS has also established a target limit for coliform bacteria of <1000 cfu/cm2. A coliform count can be obtained, for example, from an E. coli Petrifilm plate by adding the number of blue colonies with gas to the number of red colonies with gas. This combined number can be used to obtain a coliform count per cm2 as described above (section 8.1). If the coliform count is greater than or equal to 1000 cfu/cm2 the establishment should consider disposition in light of importing country requirements.

A review process, as for an E. coli sampling window failure, should be followed if the coliform count is greater than or equal to 1000 cfu/cm2 .

9.4 Interpretation of TVC Results (Dressed Carcases and Bulk Packed Manufacturing Meat)

Interpretation of TVC results is also based on a ‘three-class sampling plan’ similar to that described in section 9.1, against the performance standards specified below.

TVC Performance Standards

Species

n

c

m

( cfu/cm2)

M

( cfu/cm2)

Kangaroo

15

4

10000

100000

The TVC results are assessed on a moving window of 15 consecutive samples to allow for continuous process monitoring against the Quality Standards. In order to allow for corrections in a process to be evaluated the window will be ‘reset’ after each failure and subsequent corrective/preventive actions. A window will fail if more than ‘c’ results fall between ‘m’ and ‘M’; or a single result greater than ‘M’ is recorded. Such results will trigger a TVC ‘Alert’

A TVC ‘Alert’ will require the establishment to initiate a review of the possible causative factors contributing to the ‘Alert’. This may include external factors (eg. environmental factors, stock condition) and/or internal factors (eg. carcass dressing procedures, employee training). It should also include action undertaken to prevent the recurrence of contributing factors. The review outcomes should be documented and signed by the person(s) responsible for the action and the AQIS OPS. Records of this must be provided to AQIS for audit purposes.

Verification of corrective/preventive actions can usually be achieved through further monitoring under this program. However, if recurrent deviations from expected performance results occur, the efficacy of the corrective actions taken must be queried and more effective changes implemented to prevent the recurrence.

9.5 Interpretation of Salmonella Results (Dressed Carcasses)

Salmonella Performance Standards

Class of Product

No. of Samples in a Window

Maximum number of Positives Acceptable

Kangaroo

55

1

Salmonella detection does not by itself indicate a failure of the process, as contamination can be random in nature. Therefore one positive Salmonella detection is permitted in a ‘window’ of 55 samples. If a positive Salmonella detection occurs, normal sampling is to continue at the rate in section 4.8 and a sample window commences from the positive sample identification (ie. the positive is included in the sample window). In the event that a second positive Salmonella detection occurs within the same window of 55 samples, it will be deemed that the ‘window has failed’.

When the Salmonella performance standard has been breached (i.e. failure of window), the establishment must investigate to determine the cause of the non-compliance and implement effective corrective/preventive action. The effectiveness of the corrective/preventive action must be verified through enhanced levels of oversight and audit. In the event a processing deviation could not account for the findings, external factors (eg collection, storage and transportation) should be investigated.

Where Salmonella detections exceed the permitted number of positives, sampling is to stop irrespective of whether or not the number of samples required to complete the sample window are achieved and a new window of 55 samples must commence once corrective actions have been taken.

Where the AQIS OPS does not consider the corrective/preventive action taken in response to the ‘failure of a window’ to be satisfactory (i.e. where failures continue), a Corrective Action Request (CAR) will be issued

For testing of dressed carcasses or bulk packed manufacturing meat, where a coliform count equals or exceeds 1000 cfu/ cm2 or an E. coli or TVC alert occur and/or failure of a Salmonella window occur, investigate the cause/s, implement appropriate corrective/preventive action and document the outcome.

Appendix 1

Example of a moving window with reset for wild board where n=15, c=4, m=50, M=500

Key Elements:

  • “ALERT”(Failure) when more than 4 marginal results (between ‘m’ &’M’) or 1 result >’M’
  • Detections less than ‘m’ are reported but not included in marginal count
  • Window ‘Reset’ on failure
  • Windows moves forward with every additional sample
  • Where no ‘Failure’ a new window starts after 15 sample.

Example of a moving window with reset for kangaroo where n=15, c=7, m=50, M=500

Ref: aqis

Click this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l;
For full report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l, for Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo meat testing, process, results, etc.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2009/2010.


WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2011.

There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

NORA PRESTON ( began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80’s .)

President/Founder
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
PO Box 3509
WESTON CREEK ACT 2611
Mob: 0406 056 099
Email:
wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au

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2 July 2011

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au
or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support .

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form from http://wcg.awardspace.com and join up. Thank you for all your support.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, http://www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/ don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir

http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view, these animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to wta@environment.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.auand click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html Submissions are now closed.

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

KANGAROOS AND DISEASES notes for 5-day WES 4-8 July 2011

KANGAROOS AND DISEASES

Kangaroo meat is unhealthy

Killing animals in the dust, dirt and flies can never approach standards of hygiene mandatory in an abattoir. A Government report ‘Australia’s Preparedness for Emerging Wildlife Diseases’, states that wildlife disease is a threat to human health. There is little doubt that diseases can be contracted from eating kangaroo meat.

Kangaroos are subjected to constant anxiety while hunted by shooters. Stress releases myopathy toxins in their bodies. The corpses are driven around on a dusty unhygienic truck all night, then placed in inadequately refrigerated ‘chillers’ for up to two weeks, which can lead to contamination with faeces, maggots, E.coli and more.

Please click on this link www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg, ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXINCTION’, that is driving our macropods to extinction, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos shot but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Kangaroo meat can contain salmonella, staphylococcus,
streptococcus and toxoplasmosis outbreaks, related to kangaroo meat consumption that have resulted in multiple illnesses.

In 2008, three kangaroo processing plants closed down.

In August 2009, Russia banned all imports due to E.coli contamination. Canada has banned the importation of kangaroo meat. Eating kangaroo meat can also cause anaphylaxis (an allergic reaction), and bowel cancer.

During periodic locust plagues, kangaroos are constantly and unavoidably sprayed with toxic nerve poisons (including organophosphorous insecticides), as they range back and forth.

Pets can die from eating kangaroo meat.

If it is preserved with sulphur dioxide, it can cause thiamine deficiency (a white crystallline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders). Dr Richard Malik, from Sydney University’s Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science, told Today Tonight, that pets affected by sulphur dioxide become wobbly in their legs, may develop a head tilt, then progress to seizures, paralysis and death.

The kangaroo industry is inhumane

The commercial industry assures us that kangaroos are humanely killed according to ‘the code of practice.‘ However, the killing is performed often from moving vehicles in the bush at night, unsupervised, and by shooters whose proficiency is questionable. Many kangaroos are shot agonisingly in the jaw, face, body, or neck, and left to die painfully of starvation and gangrene.

The adult females who are killed, often have an in-pouch joey, and an at-foot joey. The in-pouch joey is decapitated, stomped on or bashed to death against a tree or truck. The at-foot joey flees to die of starvation, hypothermia or predation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

The kangaroo industry is unsustainable – The Department of Environment talks about the ‘sustainable harvesting of renewable resources.’ However their own figures show that in most states where kangaroos are hunted, they are at ‘quasi-extinction’ levels, which, according to the Murray Darling Report, is defined as less than 5 kangaroos per square kilometre. The kangaroo industry has also killed off the biggest males, that provide a large healthy mob, that has weakened the mob, with their growth stunted, that will eventually lead to a sick mob, and extinction to our macropods. In Queensland and South Australia, the average age of commercially killed kangaroos is only 2-3 years, i.e. barely of breeding age. In 2007 up to 80% of the kangaroos killed in some parts of NSW were females.

According to government websites, kangaroo populations have crashed up to 70% from 2001-2006, due mainly to the drought, unrelenting pressure from the kangaroo industry, and over culling, road kills, along with natural disasters such as flooding, fires, in 2011, we would see this percentage even higher. In 2008 the quota was 3.8 million making this the largest slaughter of land-based wildlife on the planet.

Kangaroo meat cannot replace cattle. Kangaroos are not farmed, and cannot be farmed. They cannot be herded or driven into yards or abattoirs, because they get too stressed (capture myopathy). The lactic acid builds up in their muscles causing the meat to go rancid and become inedible. Nor can they be transported live (only in extraordinary circumstances, if sedated, that would add further toxins to the meat).

Kangaroos need a lot of space to roam, and cannot be confined in overcrowded areas. Kangaroo-proof fencing is very expensive (DPI recommends 12 wires alternately electrified, 2.13 metres high, which would then have an adverse effect on the kangaroos when chased or spooked, causing them to hop into the fence, attempting to escape, breaking their legs, etc).

Farmers would never substitute kangaroos for sheep and cattle. Compared to cows kangaroos are small, lean animals. An adult yields 6.9kg of meat, only 0.25kg of which would be human-grade. The current annual human-grade kangaroo meat production is only 600 tonnes (from 2.5 million kangaroos) compared to 1,700,000 tonnes of beef. So, in order to produce enough meat to replace beef, the entire kangaroo population would have to be killed several hundred times every year. This would drive our already threatened macropods to extinction.

Kangaroos can only give birth to one joey a year, and the survival rate for joeys is low, especially during drought times. While sheep “produce” meat, skin and wool – kangaroos “produce” only meat and skin. A ten year old adult male red kangaroo weighing 60kg can only “produce” roughly 6kg of prime cut meat, while lambs can be slaughtered at 3-6 months of age to “produce” 20kg meat (Preuss, 1999). A two year old cow can “produce” 200kg of meat, so clearly kangaroo “farming” is not economically viable. Ref: WLPA

Click this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l for Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo meat testing, process, results; and
For full report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l.

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WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2011.

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You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/ don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir

http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view, these animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to wta@environment.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.auand click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html Submissions are now closed.

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