WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WILDLIFE NEWS
Photos taken by NORA PRESTON.
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.
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.
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 .)
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
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11 August 2011
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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/save–all–the-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.
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 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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