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WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP NEWS; GALAH; AVOID BIOLAC; SNAKES; MOLONGLO; NEW TAMS MINISTER + more 17/3/13

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP NEWS; GALAH; AVOID BIOLAC; SNAKES; MOLONGLO; NEW TAMS MINISTER + more 17/3/13

While we haven’t been sending out our news and hard work regularly via email, we have been extremely busy. Click on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info
and Twitter
http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/
to read some of our updates.  Unfortunately not all of our hard work gets published on Facebook and Twitter either with the huge volume of work that we do.

Wildlife Carers Group phone has been ringing off the hook as usual with possibly some calls being lost.  If we haven’t returned your call you either forgot to leave your number, left the wrong number, we couldn’t decipher your message, or through congestion your call somehow got lost.

Please speak clearly and loudly into the microphone on your phone, tell us the reason why you are calling, leave your name and contact number, repeat your contact number twice.  We don’t have time to return calls to callers who fail to give us the reason for their call.  The call must be wildlife and animal welfare related.

HIT AND RUN REPORT ON GALAH HANDED INTO WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP.

Published in Wildlife Rescue Magazine, please click on this link http://wildliferescuemagazine.com/uploads/3/0/8/0/3080007/wrmissue6parta.pdf, (this magazine may take a while to load for viewing, so please be patient) and scroll down till you find the heading ‘Galah hit and run’ by NORA PRESTON to read the report. Photos: NORA PRESTON. Don’t forget to vote for it as your favourite story.

Wildlife Rescue Magazine is filled with great wildlife stories. Enjoy the reading. Become a subscriber to help this very informative and educational magazine to keep publishing the articles.

AVOID BIOLAC FOR REARING MACROPODS, POSSUMS – SOFT FURRED WILDLIFE.

Photos: NORA PRESTON

Biolac has inappropriately been widely recommended to rear Macropods.

Unfortunately carers have found that the Eastern Grey Kangaroo Joeys have developed cataracts in both their eyes using Biolac.

Taronga Zoo has also found that Biolac is not suitable to rear Macropods or any other soft furred wildlife and recommend that Biolac only be used for Wombats or the stronger furred wildlife with similar texture fur as the wombat.  Personally, I would avoid using Biolac altogether.

I would therefore highly recommend that you avoid the use of Biolac for possums as well.

I have successfully continued to rear wildlife using Di-Vetelact that is simple to use. The only Wombaroo products I use is Granivore and Insectivore mix for birds. Carers that use Wombaroo powder for Macropods, Possums etc have been successful in rearing them.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo Joey reared using Biolac has formed cataracts in his eyes. This Joey will be having eye surgery to remove the cataracts.

Eyes should appear clear as this picture shows.

SNAKES 22/1/13

Photos: NORA PRESTON

After moving some stumps around into aviaries, the next day on 22/1/13 I saw an olivish green object in the bottom of the aviary with the same pattern on it as my garden hose. I thought that the last person in the aviary had dropped a thicker garden hose piece into the aviary and was about to bend down to retrieve it and return it to its rightful owner when it moved.

Even the local snakes seek refuge in my aviearies and want to feel safe from harm to live in my aviaries, slithering in and curling up in it to make a home for themselves.

For further information on snakes, identification, tips, first aid, and a clearer picture of an Eastern Brown Snake, 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/

EDENOPTERON KEITHCROOKI – 360 MILLION YEAR OLD NEW SPECIES OF FISH DISCOVERED

Photo: NORA PRESTON

Dr Gavin Young of ANU and 3 other researchers found the remains of this species in Eden in 2008. I snapped this photo of Gavin holding this specimen in June 2012. They worked hard to put the pieces together over a period of 5 years. In 2008 they found a fang that was 4 centimetres in length from an estimated 3 metre long fish while searching for remains of a toothless armoured fish in rocks near Eden. The researchers are waiting to hear back on whether or not they have been successful in their application for a permit/funding to continue their excavation in Eden to find the rest of the remains of this fish.  I’m sure that all the readers would agree that granting this permit would be of great historical educational value for science and the public.

Head and pectoral girdle of the Edenopteron keithcrooki – 360 million year old new species of fish discovered in Eden, NSW.

“POSSUM TOASTS AUSTRALIA DAY in cheeky visit” by John Thistleton CANBERRA TIMES (CT) ARTICLE 29/1/13 NEWS P.3

Photos: NORA PRESTON

While I encourage assisting our native wildlife by feeding them, I only encourage to feed them with their natural diet, except for feeding lizards, possums etc to snakes and raptors etc, and as a supplement, fruit, good quality parrot mix etc.

Bread, toasted or otherwise, is definitely not recommended to be fed to any wildlife. Wildlife, and any other animals and birds cannot digest bread that will give them diarrhoea and slowly kill them.

I will investigate what the pest controllers who TAMS employ to catch the possums and remove them from the roof do with them, as commented by Daniel Iglesias in this same CT article.

The possums cannot just be removed from the roof and released. Possums are highly territorial and will kill or seriously injure one another fighting for their territory. A possum box must be installed close by to give the possum a new home. Please click on this link for more information: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/canberra-times-sundayfocus-article-on-nora-preston-canberracity-of-animal-lovers-15712-2/.

You can read about the Powerful Owl and view a photo of it at the Botanical Gardens on 22/9/07, referred to in the same CT article on Wildlife Carers Group website: http://wcg.awardspace.com, and click on the ‘Training’ link. This Wildlife Carers Group website has not been updated; all the updates of our hard work are in WordPress, Facebook and Twitter.

Brush-tail Possum eating a dandelion flower

Brush-tail Possum eating a piece of orange.

ELEPHANTS – DID YOU KNOW?


We have been busy assisting in saving Elephants as well, both in the wild and in captivity.

  1. Usually in mammals tusks are enlarged canine teeth, but in elephants they are actually elongated incisors made of ivory and are essentially no different from other teeth. Ref: eleaid.com and Britannica.com
  2. Elephants usually have 26 teeth: the incisors, known as the tusks, 12 deciduous premolars, and 12 molars.
  3. These animals have several distinctive features, including a long proboscis or trunk used for many purposes, particularly for grasping objects. Their incisors grow into tusks, which serve as tools for moving objects and digging, and as weapons for fighting.

    Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Traditionally, two species are recognised, the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species (L. africana and L. cyclotis respectively). Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. They are the only surviving proboscideans; extinct species include mammoths and mastodons. The largest living terrestrial animals, male African elephants can reach a height of 4 m (13 ft) and weigh 7,000 kg (15,000 lb).

    Elephants are herbivorous and can be found in different habitats including savannahs, forests, deserts and marshes. They prefer to stay near water. They are considered to be keystone species due to their impact on their environments. Other animals tend to keep their distance, and predators such as lions, tigers, hyenas and wild dogs usually target only the young elephants (or “calves”). Females (or “cows”) tend to live in family groups, which can consist of one female with her calves or several related females with offspring. The latter are led by the oldest cow, known as the matriarch. Elephants have a fission-fusion society in which multiple family groups come together to socialise. Males (or “bulls”) leave their family groups when they reach puberty, and may live alone or with other males. Adult bulls mostly interact with family groups when looking for a mate and enter a state of increased testosterone and aggression known as musth, which helps them gain dominance and reproductive success. Calves are the centre of attention in their family groups and rely on their mothers for as long as three years. Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild. They communicate by touch, sight, and sound; elephants use infrasound, and seismic communication over long distances. Elephant intelligence has been compared with that of primates and cetaceans. They appear to have self-awareness and show empathy for dying or dead individuals of their kind.

    African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), while the Asian elephant is classed as endangered. One of the biggest threats to elephant populations is the ivory trade, as the animals are poached for their ivory tusks. Other threats to wild elephants include habitat destruction and conflicts with local people. Elephants are used as working animals in Asia. In the past they were used in war; today, they are often put on display in zoos and circuses. Elephants are highly recognisable and have been featured in art, folklore, religion, literature and popular culture. Ref: Wikipedia

    KANGAROOS – VICTORIA PUSH FOR COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY 27.2.13.

    Polls: KANGAROO PROCESSING

    Should Victoria cull and process kangaroos?

    Yes

    25%

    No

    75%

    Sent by Lisa: PLEASE VOTE NO in the following Weekly Times poll over a commercial kangaroo industry entering Victoria.
    Please share and forward to as many people as possible,

    thank you

    Fiona

    POLL LINK – http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/opinion/index.html

    Sent by Lisa: Please leave a comment on this article, David O’Brien is deluded in my opinion!

    http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2013/02/27/561613_opinion-news.html

    PUSH FOR ROO INDUSTRY IN QLD

    You can leave a comment on this link to this fictional article by clicking on the link: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2013/02/26/561508_latest-news.html

    MOLONGLO RIVER PARK/COOMBS RIVERSIDE DESIGN final PSP PRESENTATION 20/2/13

    Photos: NORA PRESTON

    I attended the Molonglo River Park/Coombs Riverside design workshop on 20/2/13 reminding everyone that they were in breach of the EPBC Act 1999/NES plan.  Please click on this link to view WCG Submission on the EPBC Act 1999/NES Plan:  https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/wildlife-carers-group-submission-for-molonglo-and-north-weston-developments/.  I spoke with Shane Rattenbury TAMS minister later that day at a separate Conservation Council meeting reminding him of the Wildlife Carers Group submission on this matter that was handed to him at a Council meeting prior to the elections in 2012, and requested a response and confirmation that these developments have been scrapped. I further sent a follow up email on 25/2/13 to Shane Rattenbury requesting his response and confirmation that the Molonglo and North Weston developments have been permanently stopped. I have not yet received an acknowledgement or response to the email.

    CONSERVATION COUNCIL COMMUNITY FORUM, GUEST SPEAKER SHANE RATTENBURY NEW ACT MINISTER FOR TERRITORY AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (TAMS) 20/2/13

    I attended the Conservation Council community forum on 20/2/13 and spoke with Shane Rattenbury on the matter of the Cypress trees being removed in the old Weston CIT site without any consultation and requested an explanation. I further sent a follow up email on 25/2/13 requesting an explanation to which I have not received an acknowledgement or response to.

    I also raised the unlawful entry and theft of my wildlife on 10/8/12 https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/wildlife-carers-group-news-work-experience-student-rspca-cruelty-more-live-export-animal-cruelty-28912/ and again demanded a public apology and the return of my wildlife alive and asked him where they were. I also reminded him of the small part of the damages bill that I have already sent and asked for that immediate payment and that I was defamed publicly with vicious lies not once but twice by TAMS, also in 2007/2008 in the attempt to destroy my reputation, and expect compensation for damages, defamation, vicious harassment, unlawful entry and theft. I have been demanding that all staff involved in the unlawful entry and theft of my wildlife be permanently banned and terminated from their jobs for abusing their jobs and taxpayers money to run a smear campaign against me. I sent a follow up email on 25/2/13 requesting the same to which I have not received an acknowledgement or response to.

    I discussed the Kangaroos and to end the violent unlawful killing, to amend the Acts and Policies that govern the unlawful violent killing according to Wildlife Carers Group submissions, and to amend our licence, etc. I sent a follow up email on 25/2/13 requesting the same to which I have not received an acknowledgement or response to.

    I have been busy taking legal action, typing up submissions, including for judicial improvements, strengthening the Human Rights Act that expired in January 2013, attending meetings, and emailing letters to assist in ending violent kangaroo killings in other states, to prevent the kangaroo commercial industry from starting up in other states, saving our marinelife and their habitat, to assist to stop the coal seam gas, which we have had some success in, with the Environment Minister Tony Burke introducing legislation in parliament on 13/3/13, including strict federal conditions on the coal seam gas proposals on their impact on our water tables. The list goes on of all of the rest of my hard work on other matters as well, some of which that may be seen on Facebook and Twitter.

    To read the full report and the President’s Report please click on this link:

    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-antarctica-melbourne-aquarium-competition-ongoing-animal-cruelty-by-rspcamore-211212/.

    1. Please help us make a difference and sign this petition as individuals and circulate through facebook, twitter, your own website etc that will not only help stop violent Kangaroo killing but will also help to stop the development on the 2008 Kangaroo killing fields on the bnts site to encourage the government to turn the site and the surrounding areas into Wildlife Carers Group proposed Memorial Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary: www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-all-the-kangaroos.html

    Can you also take a moment to sign and share these petitions with others as well including your own websites etc? It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/chief-tams-minister-stop-the-unlawful-violent-killing-of-protected-native-kangaroos, and http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/stop-the-unlawful-violent-killing-of-protected-native-kangaroos.

    WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2013.

    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.

    Wildlife Carers Group is the only ACT body that enforces the wildlife protection laws.It is unlawful to kill or harm protected native wildlife.

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

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

    Mobile: 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 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/

    17 March 2013

    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.

    1. Please help us make a difference and sign this petition as individuals and circulate through facebook, twitter, your own website etc that will not only help stop violent Kangaroo killing but will also help to stop the development on the 2008 Kangaroo killing fields on the bnts site to encourage the government to turn the site and the surrounding areas into Wildlife Carers Group proposed Memorial Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary: www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-all-the-kangaroos.html

    Can you also take a moment to sign and share these petitions with others as well including your own websites etc? It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/chief-tams-minister-stop-the-unlawful-violent-killing-of-protected-native-kangaroos, and http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/stop-the-unlawful-violent-killing-of-protected-native-kangaroos.

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

    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-of-360-degree-films-documentary-kangaroo-mob-on-7212-8212/

    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: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/amendments-darting-currawongs-rspca-draft-act-pest-animal-management-strategy-2011-2021/

    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.

    In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, http://www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan%E2%80%A6/comment-page-1/(this page may now be closed to leave space for UC new students interviews)
    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

    SEE the 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.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/

    Dingoes

    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 ecosystem.


    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:
    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania-wildlife-being-driven-to-extinction-wildlife-care-2112/

    To read Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty and removing the fish hook, and in the Tasmanian Times please click on this link or copy and paste into your browser:

    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/wildlife-carers-group-seeking-any-information-on-animal-cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise-rescued-on-australia-day-26112-after-the-fireworks-tasmanian-visit-published-in-tt-link-fraser-island-ding/

    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 further 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/

    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/long-beaked-whale-in-tasmania-king-brown-snake-in-canberra-28212/

    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 REPORTS ON ANIMAL CRUELTY, CALLING FOR WITNESSES – BRUSH-TAIL POSSUM IN PHILLIP, SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO IN KAMBAH, AND WATER DRAGON CARE. 19/3/12.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP REPORTS ON ANIMAL CRUELTY, CALLING FOR WITNESSES – BRUSH-TAIL POSSUM IN PHILLIP, SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO IN KAMBAH, AND WATER DRAGON CARE. 19/3/12.

It is horrifying enough to watch acts of animal cruelty on television news, current affair programs and documentaries released.

It is also traumatic enough to be handed native wildlife that have been almost bashed to death, and other injured wildlife, but nothing can prepare you for witnessing acts of animal cruelty performed right in front of you.

Photos taken by NORA PRESTON

SULPHUR CRESTED COCKATOO – Animal Cruelty NSW 16/3/12

On 16/3/12, as usual, I drove to Queanbeyan to buy parrot mix.

Nothing could prepare me for what I witnessed on that day, in a place where you think the parrots and cockatoos would be in a safe haven full of food for them, where they make parrot mix.

As I began driving out of the driveway, a cockatoo was trapped on the concrete ground behind netting that they placed around their large steel drums.

One of the managers kicked at the cockatoo.  At first I thought he was attempting to kick the net out to release the bird from the net, but then he kicked harder directly at the trapped cockatoo so I blasted my horn at the male in the attempt to stop him.

Instead of stopping his acts of animal cruelty, he then stomped on the bird, that appeared to me to be on his head while still trapped behind the netting, trying to kick and stomp the bird to death.

I drove up to him and stopped the car next to him, jumped out of the car and told him to stop, and asked him what he thought he was doing, and then told him that you can’t do that.

I told him you lift the netting up to let the bird out and release the bird, you do not kick them and stomp on them.

He angrily said that he did it to teach the other birds a lesson so that they won’t come back.

I informed him that they are attracting the birds there by making the parrot mixes there for them.

He said they are not making it for them to which I replied yes you are, who else do you think you are making them for, why do you think I am here.

I described what the manager did to 2 other employees who were still there and told them that was animal cruelty.

I asked one of the employee’s to get a box for the bird, so that I can take it straight to the vet.

By the time the employee got back with a box and a towel, the cockatoo staggered out from behind the net himself through an opening he found, which is obviously how he got behind the net in the first place.

As the bird was staggering around and collapsing I quickly put the towel over the bird and placed him in the box.

I told the manager to ensure he tells his staff that they are not to commit acts of animal cruelty on the birds there and to help them.

He shook his head saying no he won’t.

I reminded him that he had just committed acts of animal cruelty and he can be prosecuted for that.

He then asked me well then tell me how to keep the birds away from here.

He has been advised to check the internet for ‘bird scarers’ where he can purchase falcon appearing kites.

They attract a small flock of Crested Pigeons, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, (approx 6) Galahs, (approx 6) with 1 domestic Pigeon into their parrot mix making complex, seen on 16/3/12.

The cockatoo was taken immediately to the vet and examined. I was given powdered psittavet as treatment, using 1 capful diluted in 1 cup of his drinking water.

The veterinary examination showed bleeding in the throat, clicking of the wings with possible broken bones.

The bird is currently being rehabilitated at the expense of Wildlife Carers Group.

I have reported the incident to the Queanbeyan police and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services on 19/3/12, expecting this male to be prosecuted under the animal welfare act, and the protected native wildlife act for attempting to kill a protected native animal.

If the cockatoo does not survive due to his horrific injuries, then the penalty will be causing death to a native species.  

I was advised by the police this afternoon 19/3/12 that they will be attending my property to take down a statement, but no one has phoned yet to let me know that they are on their way.

I was advised by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services, Parks and Wildlife section, to phone them back with the Police Officer’s name when I have it, so that they can work together with the police, the female I spoke with also advised me to write down all my costs and claim it back through the police report.

I was in so much shock at what had happened in front of me to this bird, that taking photos of the cockatoo as the vet examined him was the last thing on my mind.

I returned to where the cockatoo was being rehabilitated to check on him and to take a photo on Saturday 17/3/12.


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)– animal cruelty NSW 16/3/12.

CALLING FOR WITNESSES – BRUSH-TAIL POSSUM, Callam Street and Launceston Street, Phillip, ACT 13/3/12.

On Tuesday 13/3/12 Wildlife Carers Group received a call for a Brush-tail Possum (Trichosurus caninus) in Phillip. The description given was that his eyes were popped out.

This describes what happens when someone tries to bash an animal to death.

We were in Goulburn at the time of the call, so I asked the students to get a box and use a thick towel or blanket to lift the possum up and put him into the box, and to keep him in a quiet place until we get there to pick the possum up.

The male possum had one bloodied eye, with a huge dent in his head.

He was immediately treated with antibiotics and a painkiller.

Any witnesses with information or the person or people responsible for this possum either being bashed to death or a hit and run, please email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au  with ‘Possum Phillip’ in the subject heading, providing your information.

CALLING FOR WITNESSES – SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO MUTILATED – WINGS DISPLAYED ON DASHBOARD OF CAR IN KAMBAH, ACT.

Since 22/2/12 a pair of Sulphur-crested Cockatoo wings have been displayed on the dashboard of this silver sedan with NSW rego number AY-83-AP, in Drysdale Cct Kambah, that is also permanently illegally and dangerously parked on the road in between blind bends of the street since 22/2/12.

It is unknown when this incident occurred with the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.


A blurred picture of the male offender of the mutilated Sulphur-crested cockatoo wings displayed on the dashboard of the silver sedan, driving white van rego.no. YCH 13J.


Pair of Sulphur-crested Cockatoo wings displayed on dashboard of this car can be seen ON YOUR LEFT/driver’s side, and close up of wing on dash above the photo of the car.

I phoned the rspca, then the ACT police on 131444, who phoned tams. I further sent an email to the Chief Minister. A ranger phoned me and told me that the afp phoned him and that he did not want to go out by himself to check it out and would go out with another person on Saturday 3/3/12.

I advised the ranger that the wings have to be confiscated with the male offender prosecuted, even if it is just for mutilating a native species when dead if he can’t get enough evidence on acts of animal cruelty and torturing a native species to death.

On Sunday 4/3/12, and Monday 5/3/12 the cockatoo wings were still displayed in his window on his dashboard.

I phoned the rspca back, I then phoned the afp back on 131444 to find out who phoned me so that I can ring him back, and sent a couple of more emails to the Chief Minister with more photos to show that no action has been taken.

After the police finally phoned me back with the information, I phoned the rangers number on Wednesday 7/3/12, with the original ranger who rang me answering the phone.

He advised that they investigated the matter on Tuesday 5/3/12, and that the owner of the vehicle immediately took the wings out of the car.

The wings were not confiscated and he was not prosecuted.

The rspca did nothing.

I had no response from the Chief Minister.

Anyone with any information on this Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and the wings is asked to email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au  with ‘Cockatoo wings
Kambah‘ in the subject heading, and provide your information.

TAWNY FROGMOUTH 17/3/12

After witnessing how a person can kick and stomp on our protected native wildlife, seeing the bashing of our native wildlife, and the injuries that they get from human inflicted violence that resembles a vehicle strike, you start treating each injured wildlife with suspicion of acts of animal cruelty.

This Tawny Frogmouth was handed into Wildlife Carers Group on 17/3/12, after being picked up flapping around on the ground.


Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)17/3/12

EASTERN WATER DRAGON (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii)

This Eastern Water Dragon was handed into Wildlife Carers Group with a broken jaw.

Was it hit by a car, or was it bashed?




Female Eastern Water Dragon being examined by the vet.

Her jaw has been wired by the vet and is currently rehabilitating.

Click on this link for husbandry, care of the Eastern Water Dragons:

http://www.actha.org.au/attachments/072_Eastern%20Water%20Dragon%20Care%20Sheet.pdf. Ref: Angus Kennedy.

Yes, it is extremely expensive to care for wildlife, however, you don’t see Wildlife Carers Group unnecessarily killing all the animals to cut costs, and because we can’t be bothered.

All native wildlife are protected.

It is an offence to attack,  harass, injure or kill any native wildlife that will therefore lead to prosecution.

It is an offence to mutilate any native wildlife, alive or dead, that will also lead to prosecution.

For sick, injured, orphaned native wildlife, phone 0406 056 099.

If you witness any of the above, including a hit and run, please email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au with the relevant subject heading so that it won’t be mistaken for spam.

If you hit any wildlife, stop, offer it assistance, phone Wildlife Carers Group, it is an offence to hit and run that will therefore lead to prosecution.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2011.


WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2012.

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
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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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:

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-of-360-degree-films-documentary-kangaroo-mob-on-7212-8212/ 

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 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

SEE the 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.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/

Dingoes

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:
https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania-wildlife-being-driven-to-extinction-wildlife-care-2112/

To read Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty and removing the fish hook, and in the Tasmanian Times please click on this link or copy and paste into your browser:

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/wildlife-carers-group-seeking-any-information-on-animal-cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise-rescued-on-australia-day-26112-after-the-fireworks-tasmanian-visit-published-in-tt-link-fraser-island-ding/         

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 further 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/

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/long-beaked-whale-in-tasmania-king-brown-snake-in-canberra-28212/  

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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