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Thank you to all of you for all of your support in 2014.

Emails have not been sent out throughout the year because of being very busy, however posts have been posted to social media. Please do check out our Social Media for updates: https://www.facebook.com/nora.preston.16 with photos included on the site, and become a friend. You have to have your own profile to view these posts that are set for public viewing.

You can now follow us and join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/.

I have had a busy year in 2014 fighting for wildlife, wildlife habitat and animal welfare starting it off by going out to a NSW Wheat and Sheep farm in a 40 degree heat in January 2014. Animal welfare was a serious issue on this farm that was over stocked with not enough food and water for the amount of sheep on it. We had to drag 2 rams out of the water hole that they were stuck in that had turned into mud, with both of them badly injured. Farmers are not properly prepared to humanely remove livestock that are stuck in their mud holes. The farmer wanted to leave them there to die from their injuries with no water and food, the licks he left there were untouched. I insisted we take them back to the shed where they were hosed down and given water to drink. Vets don’t appear to be called in to treat the injured livestock and to save them. Another ram’s horns were stuck in the fence that we had to rescue. As we drove around the large property and paddocks in the farm Ute, with 3 dogs exposed to the 40 degree heat on the back of the open Ute, dead sheep lay on the ground with mud holes everywhere and the paddocks were dust bowls. He had a few cattle that were looked after a bit better that were kept in a grassed paddock with water. I insisted that he open up the paddock gates with no food or water in them to let the sheep into paddocks where there was food and water. I didn’t expect to see what I did, so I left my camera in the car back by the shed where my lip gloss completely melted, therefore, sorry, no photos. My concerns are that the majority of sheep and cattle farmers and other animal/livestock farmers treat their animals the same way with overcrowding, by overstocking and neglect that results in suffering and a prolonged agonising death to the livestock.

In January, 26/1/14 (Australia Day) https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/wildlife-carers-group-news-happy-australia-day-26114/, and 24 April 2014 we visited the National Zoo and Aquarium (NZ&A) and found that all the animals are very well looked after, clean and loved. All NZ&A photos taken by me on 24/4/14. All photos by NORA PRESTON.

24/4/14-Our very special close encounter with the native Dingoes before they were taken for a walk around the Zoo.

Fairy Penguins


American Alligators-apex predators and feed off fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals.

Very relaxed White Lioness and Lion

Tree Kangaroos

19 May 2014 I attended the annual Voiceless Animal Law Lecture at the ANU that covered the Ag-gag Laws, where criminals who operate commercial agricultural facilities want to be able to continue to mistreat and torture animals to death without being detected and so target the undercover investigators, whistleblowers and journalists who intervene with the violence committed to then stop the violence towards the animals through media coverage. Ag-gag laws want to criminalise the undercover surveillance of their facilities, require that any footage must be turned over to police immediately rather than given to the media and force farm employees to disclose ties to animal protection groups. To learn more about the Ag-gag laws visit http://www.voiceless.org.au/aggag.

Will Potter is an award-winning independent journalist and public speaker based in Washington, D.C. who has written for several publications in animal and environmental law standing in the foreground. https://www.voiceless.org.au/sites/default/files/Abstract280214Final.pdf, In the background to your left is Tara Ward(Animal Lib, & one of the Founder’s of The Animal Defenders Office)

I attended a few days of the ACAT/Tribunal case against TAMS by Animal Liberation in their fight to stop the Kangaroo killing that after a long hard battle they unfortunately lost that still went ahead again in 2014, with laws still being broken with the lies sent out about the Kangaroos by the government in their media releases, deliberately misleading the public and the media, who continue to unlawfully torture our protected native wildlife to death, who are driving them to extinction, destroying the healthy well balanced eco system that the Kangaroos assist in maintaining.

I have assisted others in wildlife matters and have been busy in fighting for a better understanding, proper care and treatment for all of our native wildlife, along with a lot more work that is all too numerous for me to mention. We hope that our suffering wildlife under the ACT government will have a better year in 2015.

I have sent out posts on social media and today sent an email to Greg Hunt attempting to stop and ban the WA drum lines that are inhumanely and unnecessarily used to bait, catch and torture our poor sharks to death by the WA Government and Fisheries Dept. Feel free to write your own letters to Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt to help ban the drum lines and nets:

“To: greg.hunt.mp@environment.gov.au

On Monday, 22 December 2014, 16:03, Nora Preston <wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au> wrote:

Good afternoon,

I draw your attention to the recent media release shark-drum-lines-set-off-warnbro-beach-as-hunt-for-tagged-great-white-continues  on WA Government and Fisheries Dept going back on their word to stop baiting innocent sharks that live in the water that is extremely inhumane.  https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/25827930/shark-drum-lines-set-off-warnbro-beach-as-hunt-for-tagged-great-white-continues/.

We ask you to urgently intervene and order the WA Government to remove all drum lines from the water and to leave this tagged shark alone.  We further ask you to urgently ban the use of drum lines and nets in the oceans and to replace them with the Shark Shield that is an electronic device that successfully deters sharks from entering the areas that you want to deem safe for the people.

In 1992 Valerie and Ron Taylor successfully tested the Shark Shield against the Great White Sharks and made the recommendation to remove all of the nets and to replace them with these electronic devices that was quite obviously ignored. Valerie and her now deceased husband (2012) Ron Taylor filmed a documentary to show how the deterrents worked.

I am quoting from the Shark Shield Wikipedia testing for your information with the link below some of the quotes from the report:

“…The original “SharkPOD” was tested for eight years off Dyer Island with mainly great white sharks, and was the first electronic device that was proven successful in deterring sharks when tested by Ron Taylor and Valerie Taylor in 1992 on sharks in Australia and South Africa with positive results—they made a documentary about it called “Shark POD”. Extensive field testing was conducted on the Shark Shield off Neptune Island, South Australia, using the FREEDOM4 and subsequently the FREEDOM7 by renowned wildlife documentary videographer, Ian “Shark” Gordon. Gordon personally tested the effectiveness of the device on a variety of particularly aggressive shark species, including black-tipped reef sharks, mako sharks, and great white sharks, by setting a tuna bait to attract the sharks while he was wearing a Shark Shield, and then videoing their hasty retreat as they approached within meters of the activated device.[8]…

All chondrichthyans have highly sensitive electrical receptors called the “Ampullae of Lorenzini” located in their snouts. These tiny gel filled sacs sense electrical current from prey at very close distances, typically less than one meter. They use these short range sensors when feeding or searching for food. They do not use electrical receptors to track animate objects over long distances; other senses such as audition and olfaction are the primary drivers.[3][4]

Shark Shield devices create an electrical waveform that creates an unpleasant sensation impacting the shark’s ‘Ampullae of Lorenzini’. When the shark comes into proximity of the electrical waveform (a few meters in diameter) it experiences uncontrollable muscular spasms causing it to flee the area.[5][6]

The field is projected from two electrodes, which create an elliptical field that surrounds the user. Both electrodes must be immersed in the water for the field to be created. Research conducted by The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in 2012 estimated the Shark Shield electrical field to be approximately four to five meters in diameter.[7]

While sharks are attracted to electromagnetic pulses produced by potential prey animals, the electronic field emitted by the Shark Shield does not attract sharks to the device and therefore would not increase the risk of attracting sharks to the vicinity of the user. A shark’s sensory organs are acutely sensitive to low-voltage gradients (> 5 nVcm), enabling them to detect very low-frequency electronic fields of between 1–8 Hz at short range, after which the other senses (sight, chemoreception and mechanoreception) aid the shark in capturing its prey.[3][4] The range at which an electronic shark deterrent emits a field that is the equivalent of a prey-like stimulus (approx 1–100 nV/cm) is much further than their short range detection facilitates. Should a shark approach the device, the strength of the electric field will get stronger the closer it gets, and will soon cause the shark extreme discomfort, forcing it to turn away.

Scientific studies modelling this effect show that the output produced at a 3 meter distance is far greater than that produced by prey, and would drop off significantly beyond a 6 m radius, where it would be beyond the short range detection ability of a shark…”.


I look forward to your response and urgent assistance in this matter.

We wish you all a safe and Magical Xmas and New Year for 2015.


Founding President


Mobile:  0406 056 099″

A similar email as above was also sent to Katrina Hodgkinson, NSW Minister for Primary Industries on the Sydney shark nets that catch Stingrays, Sharks and other marine life causing them a prolonged suffering death when they get caught up in the nets. https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/video/watch/25584934/shark-caught-in-bondi-nets/. A response from her Dept was received today 22/12/14, that wasn’t adequate, considering the years that they have had to ban the shark nets and to replace them with electronic devices to deter the sharks from entering certain areas.

Emails have been sent to the Ministers and Prime Minister to stop the trawlers from entering Australia scooping up all our marinelife and driving them to extinction, to stop the dredging and dumping at Abbot Point, etc.

On 1 March 2014 the biting flies began biting my old dog’s ears. 22 December 2014 the nasty flies are still at it when they normally leave by the end of winter. Use Bosistos antibacterial Tea Tree spray to heal and repel flies. I have had to further use personal insect repellant, since the flies return it seems after 10 minutes of spraying. I’m spraying my entire dog with both the Tea Tree spray and personal insect repellant. Make sure you cover up your old dogs eyes before spraying. A link with pictures on an article I wrote in 2012 to treat your dog:To read how to treat your old dogs to repel the flies and heal their bites please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/news-alertwitnessess-called-hit-and-run-brushtail-possum-april-flies-old-dogs-competition-bird-identified-22412/, or copy and paste link into your browser, and scroll down to APRIL FLIES-OLD DOGS.

Our Local Wombat running towards me for a cuddle and kiss

Our Local Wombat running towards me for a cuddle and kiss

The first 10 people to correctly Identify the pictured bird will win 10 free Wildlife Carers Group memberships. Please email your answers to wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au. Wishing you all a safe and Magical Xmas and New Year in 2015.



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.)

Founding President
PO Box 3509

Mob: 0406 056 099

Email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au



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22 December 2014

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.


To see Wildlife Carers Group report and review of the documentary ‘Kangaroo Mob’ please click on these links:


Published in theTasmanian Times please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-/

To view the amendments and Draft ACT Pest Animal Management Strategy 2011-2021 please click or copy and paste this link into your browser: AMENDMENTS DARTING CURRAWONGS RSPCA – DRAFT ACT PEST ANIMAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGY 2011-2021 « wildlifecarersgroup      

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/2011/08/04/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.

To see Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, 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

‘KANGAROOS AND DISEASES’, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroos-and-diseases-notes-for-5-day-wes-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 thatkangaroos 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


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.au and 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.

To see the full report on Wildlife Carers Group possum rescue, possum boxes and investigating dog neglect, please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/wildlife-carers-group-possum-rescue-and-investigating-dog-crueltyneglect-reported-to-us-19212/


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/2011/08/29/fraser-island-dingoes-driven-to-extinction/?sn=l, 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.

To read Wildlife Carers Group report on WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP VISIT TO TASMANIA in the Tasmanian Times, please click on this link, http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania/

Wildlife Carers Group report on our visit to Tasmania can be seen on this link:

To read Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty and removing the fish hook, and in the Tasmanian Times please click on this link:


Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty was published in the Tasmanian Times, to read it please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise/

For information on snakes, identification, tips, first aid please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/

For information on some Beaked Whales, Gray’s and Arnoux’s Beaked Whale; King Brown Snake, Eastern Brown Snake, Photos of Red-bellied Black Snake please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/long-beaked-whale-in-tasmania-king-brown-snake-in-canberra-28212/

Also Published in the Tasmanian Times please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-thank-you-for-all-your-support-in-2011/

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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