WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP ATTENDS PREMIERE SCREENING OF 360 DEGREE FILMS DOCUMENTARY ‘KANGAROO MOB’ ON 7/2/12. 8/2/12.
Wildlife Carers Group Founding President Nora Preston was invited to the premiere by 360 degree films.
Nora arrived at CSIRO Discovery Theatre, to find everyone welcomed with cocktail party food and drinks, that was held downstairs, organised by 360 Degree Films.
Socialising at CSIRO cocktail party before the premiere screening of ‘Kangaroo Mob’.
Rumours were flying around from the CSIRO staff that Kangaroo meat was being served in the shape of 2 little meat balls on some sort of toasted bread, that certainly got things stirred up.
Nora checked the Coyote catering website, and found no evidence of them serving up Kangaroo meat, and then phoned the catering service, who confirmed that they don’t serve Kangaroo meat, however, someone else may have if the CSIRO staff suggested that they were serving Kangaroo meat. As Nora described the canapé to the staff member at Coyote catering, he didn’t think it sounded like any of their dishes.
We were finally ushered into the theatre at approx 7pm, and the introductions began.
Professor Tony Peacock, AICDB.Sc. Agr (Hons), Sydney.Ph.D. (Veterinary Science), Sydney.Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (Order of Merit), University of Canberra, ACT, Australia, chief executive of the Cooperative Research Centres Association, former chief executive of the Invasive Animals CRC from 2005, and the Pest Animal Control CRC from 2001, former managing director of the Pig R&D Corporation from 1996-2001, a passionate advocate for applied research and was the 2010 winner of the Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting the public Understanding of Science, introduces Producer Sally Ingleton, but warns people they may have ended up on the editors cutting floor after their original vision changed for this documentary.
Is this man the right person to be introducing ‘Kangaroo Mob’, is he responsible for incorrectly labelling our protected native wildlife, including Eastern Grey Kangaroos as Invasive Pests, and assisting in driving them to extinction, our important native wildlife that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system?
Producer Sally Ingleton taking photos of the audience while Tony Peacock gives his speech before he introduces her.
Producer Sally Ingleton introduces the Documentary.
And then the fun began, the audio was muffled and quiet, the music was loud and clear.
The 52 minute documentary extended itself to be almost a 2 hour saga.
The doco was stopped to try and fix the audio, but it wasn’t to be, so we watched and listened to loud music, at times we heard quiet interviews and a quiet narrator.
Tams senior ecologist Don Fletcher seemed to take over the documentary with interviews, his scientific research with inhumane large invasive tracking collars, and inhumane large invasive ear tags, putting up a camera at a concrete underpass trying to prove that Kangaroos will use the underpass, rather than using the road.
Only one Kangaroo was seen near the concrete underpass out of all the footage they took, with the majority using the underpass being people, cyclists and pedestrians.
What wasn’t exposed is the fact that more Kangaroos die after they jump from the bridge, and smash themselves up as they crash down onto the concrete ground of the underpass, because of being chased by dogs and stupid people, as has been reported to Wildlife Carers Group.
Then we saw the horror of the inhumane large ear tags, and inhumane invasive tracking collars around several Kangaroos necks that killed more than half of them through road kills.
Don Fletcher has been advised more than once by Nora Preston, to use non invasive macro GPS tracking chips that are inserted under the skin, and only to be tracked to be used for positive feedback, and not so that they can track them to kill them.
One large buck appeared to be suffering with the inhumane invasive tracking collar and large ear tag, so he was shot with a tranquiliser gun to be checked over.
Knowing that he was suffering, they did not remove the invasive tracking collar from around his neck, they left it on him.
If this inhumane large invasive tracking collar would have been immediately removed, chances are that this buck would have been able to mate, he would still be with his mob, and he would still be alive.
While the narrator said that these tracking collars didn’t appear to be affecting the Kangaroos, we would like to see this narrator and the writer for the narrator, along with Don Fletcher, and everyone in the ethics committee who approved this inhumane research, to put the same large invasive tracking collar around their necks, with a large ear tag in their ears, and keep them on for 12 months, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and see whether or not they bother them or hinders their agility and day to day routines.
When it was time to mate, we saw that the buck was hindered in performing, completely slowed down to perform, and in fact, could not perform, losing his position in his mob, with his usual mating female disinterested in him because of him being tampered with by tams staff, wearing a huge invasive tracking collar. She instead mated with other males who weren’t tagged, who weren’t wearing large invasive tracking collars.
After Don Fletcher began bragging about how Kangaroos do have road sense, even with the evidence before him that more than half of his 25 ear tagged collared kangaroos were killed through road kills, so was this last large male buck, killed through a road kill in the suburbs.
Therefore, we can clearly state, that our wildlife do not have any road sense, they are vulnerable, and we have to watch out for them, drive slowly, keep our dogs on a leash when we see any wildlife around, even in unleashed areas. We are invading wildlife habitat, the wildlife are not invading our habitat, the wildlife were here first.
Somewhere in the middle of the documentary we heard the same NON scientifically proven rubbish again, now documented in this documentary, that the Kangaroos are killing our legless lizards and earless dragons, on which we have a fraudulent Kangaroo Management Plan based on, that Wildlife Carers Group has been working hard to have delegislated. You can click on this link to read a 2010 article where even Don Fletcher admits that the Kangaroos are not responsible for the near extinction of these reptiles, or damage to the grasslands, that agriculture is: 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.
It has been scientifically proven that the areas where the Kangaroos have been fenced out of, the vegetation died and so do the threatened species such as the Legless Lizards and Earless Dragons, etc.
It has been scientifically proven that the areas where the Kangaroos have been fenced in, the vegetation has thrived thereby saving the Earless Dragons, Legless Lizards, etc and their habitat through the soft footed Kangaroos gentle grazing.
We then saw an interview on the radio with Russell Watkinson, where the radio announcer claims that the Kangaroos are hit with one clean shot, but what about the joeys.
We know that the joeys die a horrific death, but another false claim about the Kangaroos hit with one clean shot to the head made us shudder, since we are all aware that the Kangaroos are a moving target, and it is never one clean shot to the head, it is an agonising shot to the body, a limb, to the jaw, when the Kangaroos crawl away and die a prolonged suffering death.
Nora’s report when she trained her Work Experience Student in 2011, showed that they found evidence of a kangaroo that was shot painfully in the jaw in Callum Brae Nature Reserve after the 2011 unnecessary, illegal inhumane killing of the Kangaroos, that were filmed in the documentary ‘Kangaroo Mob’.
All these Kangaroos filmed in ‘Kangaroo Mob’ are now all dead.
Don Fletcher and the RSPCA pushes the flawed Kangaroo Management Plan and wants a no Kangaroo policy in the ACT to continue, which Wildlife Carers Group has been forced to continue to fight with our rehabilitation licence that does not allow full term rehabilitation of sick, injured, orphaned Eastern Grey Kangaroos, that also omits other endangered native wildlife, that Nora has also been fighting for, to have them included on the Wildlife Rehabilitation Licence to prevent extinction, to ensure humane treatment for all, and the chance of survival for all.
The story about the Kangaroo that crashed through the window at a Calwell home was also well documented in this story, where the Kangaroo was made out to be the villain and attacking people.
Nora sent out information that the reason why this Kangaroo jumped through their window, was because of the owners dogs barking at him, terrorising him, cornering him. The Kangaroo had nowhere else to go, but through a window to get away from the barking dogs.
What do you think happened to this poor defenceless Kangaroo? TAMS staff killed him, they didn’t offer any treatment for him or any rehabilitation because of Don Fletcher and the RSPCA’s no Kangaroo policy.
The documentary showed Don Fletcher to be the hero again, explaining that it was because of a dog that the kangaroo jumped through the window, but failed to tell the truth on how they killed the Kangaroo unnecessarily after his ordeal.
After the filming of the documentary all the Kangaroos were killed in 2011.
All the Kangaroos filmed in ‘Kangaroo Mob’ are now dead.
The Kangaroos not only maintain a healthy well balanced eco system, they are also assisting to keep the grass down preventing a fire hazard.
After TAMS killed all the Kangaroos in the nature reserves, where the kangaroos should be safe from harassment and killing, TAMS staff put cattle into the nature reserves to keep the grass down to prevent a fire from breaking out, with no concern that they are damaging the grasslands, and killing off the endangered Earless Dragons, etc, which the hoofed cattle, sheep, and man, that includes the government, are responsible for.
Our soft footed Kangaroos cause absolutely no damage to our grasslands nor are they responsible for killing off any endangered reptiles by eating down the tussocks as falsely portrayed in this documentary.
The kangaroos gently nibble on the grass that they do eat, they do not rip them out by the roots, however, the tussocks referred to as being these reptiles habitat that is portrayed in this documentary, are not part of the EGK’s diet.
The NSW carer was shown injecting a kangaroo named ‘Henry’, with a sedative through his pouch, before driving him out to a property as the next step to release him.
Injecting through a pouch could cause an infection through a sterile needle becoming filled with harmful germs and bacteria, as a result of the sterile needle being penetrated into the flesh through non sterile garments and hessian sack that would cause a slow and painful death.
The crew briefly partially zoomed in showing the release site as being an unfit site for release by a railway track with a train running on it, that would kill the Kangaroos released as soon as they attempted to get across the tracks, or to stop and graze on the tracks.
This joey shown pictured below, which is a joey that Nora had handed in to these NSW carers, after responding to a NSW call, one of many calls, of a badly injured joey chasing after her mother, failing to jump over the fence, getting caught in the fence and badly breaking her leg. Her badly broken bones were exposed when she was approx 5 months old after being chased by a dog. The finders of the Joey were met half way.
Anyone else would have euthanased this joey, however, thanks to the finders of this joey, Nora, and through these dedicated NSW carers and the wildlife Sydney vet, this joey has thrived.
Nora spoke with the film crew when they were in Canberra filming the documentary, and was told that they had already interviewed one of the 2 expert interstate ecologists, Dror Ben-Ami. The crew said that they were heading off to interview David Croft, and would be exposing the flawed Kangaroo Management Plan, no Kangaroo policy etc.
It was very disappointing to only see the Canberra ecologist’s fictional point of view in this documentary, and not allowing his research and comments to be challenged, providing a balanced story with facts given by the interstate ecologists, with David Croft having the longest term of expertise.
Nora was present at the protest that was filmed in the doco with her 5-day work experience student in 2010, but not in the scene that was shot in the scene that shows the activists with the Kangaroo face masks over their faces, protesting the killing that was taking place. During our meeting with the film crew when this protest was shot, Shane Rattenbury, Greens MLA came down to speak to us, so Nora got the Director Steve Westh, of “Kangaroo Mob” to come over and speak with us. It would have been a good idea for Steve to direct the film crew to set up the camera while we interviewed Shane, and to include that in the documentary as well.
Shane announced that it was the Liberal Party Vicki Dunne who pushed for the 2010 Kangaroo killing, however, the killing continued in 2011 under a new Labor Party Chief Minister and the Greens Party, who also did not listen when advised not to allow the killing to go ahead, because there were no grounds for the killing and the population not only was not known by the Government, but was dangerously low.
We set up a meeting that took place on 14 October 2010, with the now former Commissioner of Sustainability and Environment Maxine Cooper, which Nora attended, along with the Thinkk team including Dror Ben-Ami. Nora arranged for David Croft to be included in the meeting via phone connection. This meeting should also have been filmed and included into the documentary that would have clearly exposed the no Kangaroo policy in the ACT, and the inhumane treatment that the Eastern Grey Kangaroos are put through.
Instead we are being shown a documentary that falsely portrays the ACT Government as caring about Kangaroos and who rescues and releases Kangaroos.
If the camera wouldn’t have been rolling on the TAMS staff, the joey that got caught in the fence would not have been pulled out of the fence, rescued and saved, and then released, it would have been inhumanely killed.
Nora was asked by the Director Steve Westh of ‘Kangaroo Mob’, to keep him up to date on the meeting and all other Kangaroo issues.
Nora continued to communicate with Steve and send him all the updates on the meeting and correspondence as a result of the meeting, along with all the other Kangaroo issues in the ACT.
We cannot have a Government that does not listen to the true experts, who abuses taxpayers money, who deliberately, repeatedly deceive the public.
If you would like to watch ‘Kangaroo Mob’, it will be aired on ABC 1 at 8.30pm, 21/2/12 Australian Television Premiere.
Published in theTasmanian Times please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-/
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WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2012.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html Submissions are now closed. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.
Following Wildlife Carers Group Investigation and Report on the Fraser Island Dingoes, on 29/8/11, on 5/9/11, the Liberal National Party (LNP) has committed to ensuring the long term survival of the Fraser Island Dingoes, click this link to read the LNP’s commitments: http://www.lnp.org.au/policies/queenslands-precious-wildlife-the-fraser-island-dingo.
Please click this link to view Wildlife Carers Group follow up on Fraser Island Dingoes Driven to Extinction Report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/wildlife-carers-group-investigation-and-report-on-the-fraser-island-dingoes-qld-liberal-national-party-takes-action-to-protect-fraser-island-dingoes/?sn=l
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. 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 can offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 90 odd Dingoes, population estimation as of 28-29 August 2011, (since the mismanaged Fraser Island fire by the Qld government, this Dingo population has more than likely dropped dramatically), that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, 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.
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