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Canberra Times SundayFocus article on NORA PRESTON Canberra:CITY OF ANIMAL LOVERS 15/7/12

Canberra: city of animal lovers

Date     July 15, 2012

A small number of Canberra’s animal enthusiasts take their passion to the next level. PHILLIP THOMSON talks to one of them


Nora Preston of the Wildlife Carers Group, at the Callum Brae Nature Reserve, with a rescued female possum. Photo: Graham Tidy

SELF-DESCRIBED protector of animals Nora Preston sends out a media release.

It is about a dog she alleges is being mistreated. It sits on the owner’s verandah and she has taken photos of it and sent them to her mailing list.

”The dog still has not been seized and is still out there in the freezing day and night with no kennel,” she writes.

So I ask her how much trouble she has been in, doing this sort of community activism.

”They abuse you,” she says matter-of-factly, but does not want to say too much more about it.

She only adds: ”When I do that, I’m not on my own. We try to calm them down and just explain to them what they need to do to avoid legal action. Sometimes it takes months.”

Canberra has its fair share of animal lovers.

A small number of them take their animal enthusiasm to the next level, campaigning in the media and sometimes trying as hard as they can to remain anonymous as they break the law.

Outrage often spills into the letters page when there is a kangaroo cull.

Parkwood Farm, which produces eggs in Canberra’s north, was raided by a group of animal rights activists who destroyed equipment in March.

The farm will now switch from battery hen farming to producing cage-free eggs.

However, Preston says she does not endorse law breaking, such as trespass. It would only hurt her ability to get things done the right way, she says, through lobbying.

She does not approve of the damaging of private property. She is more of a supporter of the media campaign, despite the dirty looks she might get from pet owners.

She has no qualms about stepping in and calling the authorities on short notice.

When she saw a man displaying cockatoo wings on the dashboard of his car, she called the police.

”I could just imagine him ripping [the wings] off a live cockatoo,” she says (although there is no proof the man did this).

She also stepped in when she saw a cockatoo being ”stomped on” at Queanbeyan in April. ”That cockatoo is still being rehabilitated, it’s been on antibiotics.”

The bird is now with one of the 20 volunteers in her Wildlife Carers Group.

Preston, the owner of two cats and one dog, started bird watching in the 1970s. After joining the local Wildlife Foundation in the 1980s, she later founded her own organisation, which she says is funded from her own pocket and receives up to 10 calls a day regarding animal welfare matters.

The group doesn’t give names to animals it rescues, although Preston is not against the practice.

The focus is on healing the animals’ wounds until they are released rather than handling them. ”We don’t want to turn them into pets,” she says.

Each year Preston says her organisation receives dozens of calls about snakes in backyards, echidnas on the road and possums in the roof.

A person must be patient to remove a possum from a house.

”They are very territorial,” she says. A possum box must be added to the roof, so the possum can mark it with its smells. When this is done, the box can be put in a nearby tree and the entry into the roof blocked.

Occasionally when her volunteers are called out to possum jobs, the noises in the roof turn out to be rats and mice.

”We don’t deal with those,” she says. ”People have to call the pest controllers.”

If echidnas are picked up from the road they should be placed off the bitumen in the direction they are travelling in. Otherwise, they may become disoriented from where their young, known as puggles, are located.

So how much animal cruelty, whether deliberate or through ignorance, exists in the ACT?

Figures show that the territory’s RSPCA animal welfare inspectors responded to 1100 complaints in the past year. Further action only needed to be taken in less than three per cent of those cases, according to the RSPCA chief executive Michael Linke.

In the past year, six animals in the ACT have been so neglected they have been seized immediately.

Some of the worst cases end up in court.

Two recent cases involved people who allegedly injured their own cats. Inspectors seized the cats and both cases are progressing through the court system.

In another case, inspectors seized an emaciated dog they believed was in imminent risk.

”A case involving a horse also involved failure to provide adequate food to a point of starvation and the horse was seized,” Linke says.

One matter currently before the juvenile court involves a 16-year-old boy who allegedly killed and tortured a number of dogs.

Clearly Preston believes her Wildlife Carers Group has an important part to play in tending to the animals that the RSPCA and other organisations do not get to.

And she believes people and humans are crossing paths more regularly as housing developments continue across the ACT.

This is perhaps most obvious in the ACT government’s kangaroo culls. Preston is passionately opposed to any kangaroo culls, questioning the ACT government’s statement that the shooting is done by experienced marksmen.

Up to 2015 eastern grey kangaroos were killed in the latest cull in May and June.

A survey of 600 Canberrans by Territory and Municipal Services, found 79 per cent were supportive of kangaroo culling under some circumstances and 70 per cent were supportive of culling for conservation of small grassland and woodland animals.

An online poll by The Canberra Times in May found 41 per cent of those polled supported culling.

Ask Preston and she undoubtedly believes most people are against the culls. And she will use all her powers to stop the deaths.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-city-of-animal-lovers-20120714-222rk.html#ixzz2Kk58bfoI

 

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-city-of-animal-lovers-20120714-222rk.html#ixzz2Kk4kJmZd

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WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO CRUELTY progress, VISIT TO FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK, ANIMAL LAW LECTURE, 13/4/12

SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO CRUELTY progress, ANIMAL LAW LECTURE, VISIT TO FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK 13/4/12

OFFENDER TO BE PROSECUTED FOR COMMITTING ACTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY TO A PROTECTED NATIVE SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO.

Wildlife Carers Group reported on an animal cruelty case committed to a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in Queanbeyan NSW, on 16/3/12, in our 19/3/12 news edition, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/wildlife-carers-group-reports-on-animal-cruelty-calling-for-witnesses-brush-tail-possum-in-phillip-sulphur-crested-cockatoo-in-kambah-and-water-dragon-care-19312/ and updated in our 26/3/12 news edition, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/update-on-sulphur-crested-cockatoo-nsw-animal-crueltycorrespondence-with-campbell-newman-bats-dingoes-dugongs-sea-turtles-kangaroos-qld-26312/ that was witnessed by me with the bird also being saved by me.

A Detective Senior Constable from Queanbeyan interviewed the offender this morning, 13/4/12, that has consequently led to the offender being prosecuted for causing harm to a native protected animal.

This should be two separate heavy fines under the Animal Welfare Act and the Nature Conservation Act.

His fine will lead to 200 points, $100-$2,500 fine and possibly including 6 months imprisonment that will be left up to the court to decide his fine, and sentencing.

The offender admitted to his crimes against the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, repeating what I had reported.

The 2nd Vet’s report was also handed over to the Detective Senior Constable.

The cockatoo has had x-rays/radiographs performed by a 2nd vet, with further examination, treatment with antibiotics, and wounds treated.

There was evidence of contusion on the left side of the neck and swelling on the left wing over the radius and ulna, just distal to the elbow. The swelling was approximately 1cm in diameter, raised about 2mm, penetrated deeply to the level of bone and contained an eschar (scab) on the surface. The eschar was surgically removed under general anaesthetic to disclose a circular wound with consequential bleeding.

The Cockatoo is in full term rehabilitation at Wildlife Carers Group expense.

The offender has offered to pay the Vet bills.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP VISIT TO FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK NSW 8/4/12

All photos taken by NORA PRESTON.

If you want to interact with wildlife, this certainly is the wildlife park to go to.

As soon as we got off the tour bus, we were welcomed by a staff member holding a joey in the carpark, standing in front of our tour bus.


Agile Wallaby Joey

The Park was mostly clean where the wildlife were kept, except for where the farm animals were held, that was a bit smelly.


Swamp Wallaby

Open enclosures were set up, where the animals could come out from and go back into at their leisure. When they wanted to escape from the tourists, they had their space that they could go into, that the tourists were not allowed to step into, although it is easy to step over the low built open enclosures, however, definitely not advisable.  Even animals need their time out and space from you.

Kookaburras and Tawny Frogmouths just sat around in the open, perched on the chairs or low to the ground.


Laughing Kookaburra to your right, Frogmouth perched lower to the ground to your left.

We got up close and personal to a sleeping Koala, and patted the poor thing disturbing the Koala’s sleep.



Then I just slightly woke the Koala up, eyes still closed but head lifted for a better photo, strike a pose.

More Agile Wallabies.



A sleeping Hairy nosed Wombat.


A Dingo that is pregnant. The pups will be out and about in June and you can interact with the pups.


Albino Wallaroo with an expression on the face saying leave me alone I just want to eat.


Endangered Major Mitchell Cockatoo


Rock Wallaby

Unfortunately we couldn’t interact with the Quolls.

They had labelled 2 Spotted-tailed Quolls, (Dasyurus maculatus) 1 per pen.


This Spotted-tailed Quoll http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=4807 decided to walk up to me as I attempted to take the photo.

I successfully took two photos of the Quoll’s spotted tail each time I attempted to take a photo so I moved onto the next enclosure.


The Quolls were labelled as Tiger Cats that you will also find in mammal books.  The last time I looked at Tigers they had stripes and not spots, so whoever named these Quolls as Tiger Cats should rethink his inappropriate description of the Quolls and withdraw the name ‘Tiger’.


The Eastern Quoll Dasyurus Viverrinus, http://voices.yahoo.com/the-eastern-quoll-facts-information-3737010.html,  http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=4807, (click on the Eastern Quoll link, within this link)  has apparently disappeared from the mainland, where their habitat used to be in Sydney, Braidwood and surrounding areas that apparently now only survives in Tasmania, however, at the rate that Tasmania is destroying their native habitat, poisoning, trapping, shooting, etc. they will ALSO soon disappear altogether in Tasmania just like the Tasmanian Tiger did.

Comparing the 2 photos taken at Featherdale Wildlife Park of the Quolls, the photo of the 1st Quoll that is only showing its tail is definitely a Spotted-tailed Quoll, http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=4807  however, the 2nd  and 3rd photo of the 2nd Quoll, shows that the Quoll’s spots stop at the top of the tail, with no white spots along the rest of the tail or on the tip of the tail, which could identify the last 2  photos as the endangered Eastern Quoll, that is extinct on the mainland, rather than the Spotted-tailed Quoll.

Our Quolls, along with the rest of our native wildlife will be driven to extinction with poisoning, shooting, trapping, loss of habitat etc, unless the government immediately puts an end to all of the above.

Publishers, zoos, wildlife parks and the government need to be extremely careful on how they label our native wildlife, inappropriately labelling  our native wildlife as common, when they are not, leads to driving our native wildlife to extinction.

‘Common’ needs to be removed from all native wildlife, with all our native wildlife placed on the endangered list, to prevent driving our native wildlife to extinction.

2012 Voiceless ANIMAL LAW LECTURE SERIES

Voiceless are inviting you to the 2012 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series: a legal exploration of commercial hunting in Australia and Canada..

Australia’s iconic kangaroos are hunted in the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife on the planet – almost 90 million have been lawfully killed in the last 20 years.

Canada’s harp seals are hunted in the world’s largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals – almost 4 million have been lawfully killed in the last 20 years.

With two countries holding such similar records, it is worthwhile exploring the legal parameters of the hunts. In order to do this, Voiceless is proud to present Canadian lawyer Lesli Bisgould as our keynote speaker for 2012.

Lesli is a leader in animal law, having practised in the area for ten years, authored the first Canadian text on the subject and lectured widely throughout Canada and the US. In what is sure to be a fascinating presentation, Lesli will reflect on her experiences with the seal hunt and offer insights into Australia’s own native hunt. She will be joined by Australian leaders in animal law and environmental law, who will give a local perspective on the kangaroo industry and the laws that enable it.

Touring 12 venues throughout Australia, the lectures are open to the public and free to attend.

Please join us for an insightful presentation: find your local venue and register now.

Best regards,

Brian & Ondine Sherman
Voiceless, the animal protection institute

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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13 April 2012

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

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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 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

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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.

UPDATE ON SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO NSW ANIMAL CRUELTY+CORRESPONDENCE WITH CAMPBELL NEWMAN – BATS, DINGOES, DUGONGS, SEA TURTLES, KANGAROOS QLD 26/3/12

UPDATE ON SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO NSW ANIMAL CRUELTY+CORRESPONDENCE WITH CAMPBELL NEWMAN – BATS, DINGOES, DUGONGS, SEA TURTLES, KANGAROOS QLD 26/3/12

UPDATE ON SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO NSW ANIMAL CRUELTY

On 19 March 2012 I reported on animal cruelty to a protected native Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in NSW when the offender was attempting to kill the bird by kicking and stomping this protected species to death.

Please click on this link to read the updated full report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/wildlife-carers-group-reports-on-animal-cruelty-calling-for-witnesses-brush-tail-possum-in-phillip-sulphur-crested-cockatoo-in-kambah-and-water-dragon-care-19312/

The bird is currently undergoing further assessments with a 2nd vet, having x-rays etc performed.

CORRESPONDENCE WITH CAMPBELL NEWMAN – BATS, DINGOES, DUGONGS, SEA TURTLES, KANGAROOS QLD 26/3/12

On 9 March 2012 I reported on the inhumane slaughters of Queensland’s protected endangered Green sea Turtles and Dugongs, Bats to be inhumanely shot and electrocuted by Qld LNP and sand mining on Stradbroke Island.

Please click on this link to read this full report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/wildlife-carers-group-news-take-care-reptiles-on-the-move-to-hibernate-rehabilitation-of-bearded-dragons-inhumane-slaughters-of-protected-endangered-green-sea-turtles-and-dugongs-by-indigenous-aust/

I also wrote to Campbell Newman raising these concerns on 8 and 9 March 2012, on behalf of Wildlife Carers Group, as shown below, and received this response on 12 March 2012, with my response dated 26/3/12, and to assist other groups in their fight for the flying foxes continued humane treatment and to stop the sand mining on Stradbroke Island, and Jennifer Parkhurst’s ongoing fight to save the Fraser Island Dingoes and to restore humanity, and to prevent extinction of these valuable, vulnerable species.

From: Nora Preston <wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au>
To: LNP Leader Campbell Newman <leader@lnpqld.org.au>
Sent: Monday, 26 March 2012 1:52 AM
Subject: Flying Foxes, Dugongs, Green Sea Turtles, Dingoes, Kangaroos Re: Invitation to Lunch with Campbell Newman & John Howard

Good morning,

Thank you for your response on 12 March 2012 concerning Flying Foxes, Dugongs, Green sea Turtles, and

Congratulations on your big win. Kangaroos, Fraser Island Dingoes and Jennifer Parkhurst were not addressed by you.

The shooting and electrocution of flying-foxes (to prevent crop damage) was outlawed in Queensland as it was proven to be inhumane, and largely ineffective.

Tens of thousands of animals were killed using methods that often left them to die excruciatingly painful deaths. It sometimes takes days for these Australian native animals to die from their injuries.

The bats killed include large numbers of Grey-headed and Spectacled Flying-foxes. Both are listed as threatened species.

We urge you to withdraw these proposals, and take into consideration the fact that these people who claim the flying foxes are causing crop damage, are a health hazard, and that there are 100,000 in certain areas are exaggerating the figures.

You will find that if you properly investigate these claims, that the numbers will be dramatically lower than what these people claim, and less of a problem with the problems over exaggerated, and crop damage not caused by flying foxes.

Remember that we are also talking about threatened species.

We hope that you will learn lessons from the past, where numbers have been over exaggerated, with our native wildlife driven to extinction because of the failure to properly investigate such complaints.

We look forward to seeing the changes in the act for the Native Title Act, and see the indigenous prosecuted under white man’s law for the inhumane killing of protected native species showing one law for all.

Stopping the sand mining in Stradbroke Island is important before the Island is completely destroyed.

Looking forward to your correspondence on this matter, including shutting down all the commercial

Kangaroo industries, and immediate action on Fraser Island, sacking the rangers, withdrawing the charges and fine against Jennifer Parkhurst with a full refund and apology to her and infact employing her to continue her monitoring of the Fraser Island Dingoes, who was not guilty of any of the charges laid against her, since she was acting under the animal welfare act that was breached by the former Qld Government and rangers.

All these species mentioned in this email maintain a healthy well balanced eco system, with the loss of any single species having serious ramifications against the environment.

Please re read the original email sent on 8 March 2012, and respond to statements made that weren’t addressed in your response on 12 March 2012.

Looking forward to a response and action to all queries for a humane Qld that takes conservation seriously.

Sincerely

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

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From: LNP Leader Campbell Newman
To: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au
Sent: Monday, 12 March 2012 5:55 PM
Subject: RE: Invitation to Lunch with Campbell Newman & John Howard

Dear Ms Preston,

Mr Newman has asked me to thank you for you correspondence from the 8th March and 9th March. Due to the high number of emails received, please accept our apologies for the delay in responding.

I appreciate that you have taken the time to contact us to raise these important issues.

In regards to your concerns pertaining to the LNP’s policy on Flying Foxes; the LNP is committed to protecting Queensland’s native fauna, including flying foxes.

At the outset, we need to distinguish between small colonies residing in the backyards of many rural properties – many of which are welcomed by property owners, even encouraged – and these huge congregations, some in far excess of 100,000 in places like Charter Towers, Gayndah, Barcaldine and Bargara. These massive urban colonies present significant health risks for the local populations and need to be moved on.

An LNP Government will work with councils and landholders affected by nuisance colonies to ensure human health and agricultural productivity are not adversely affected.

I stress that lethal DMPs will only be issued to farmers where all other non-lethal alternatives have failed or are unsuitable. I am happy to explore alternatives to lethal means should they be available and reasonable in terms of cost.

I appreciate we may have differing opinions on this one but I believe the LNP is offering a very balanced approach – one that balances the ongoing conservation of flying foxes with public health and agricultural production.

Furthermore, An LNP Government will act to protect Queensland’s iconic dugong and turtle populations.

Labor has failed to address animal welfare considerations in relation to some so-called “traditional hunting practices” despite repeated and urgent calls for action by concerned Queenslanders, including from Indigenous leaders.

LNP recognises there is an entitlement of traditional owners to hunt dugongs and sea turtles for non- commercial use under the Native Title Act 1993.

The LNP will work with Indigenous stakeholders to protect Queensland’s dugong and turtle populations from poachers and stop brutality against these iconic species.

Some Indigenous communities have already self-imposed moratoriums or regulated hunting practices by issuing permits and licences – an LNP government will work with Indigenous communities to see this successful and proactive model rolled out across the dugong and turtle habitat.

The LNP will remove the current exemption for traditional hunters from the law that makes it illegal for anyone to wound, mutilate, torture or unnecessarily prolong the death of an animal – enforceable with penalties of up to two years in jail or a $100,000 fine.

This will bring Queensland in line with other states and territories. There is no reason to permit horrendous cruelty to dugongs and turtles, which under any other circumstance would be illegal.

The LNP in Government will seek to partner with other Government agencies, especially the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority – GBRMPA, and, with the guidance of traditional owners and Indigenous organisations, will progressively roll out in all key habitats the successful permit and licensing system developed in the Northern Peninsula Area of Cape York.

The LNP will put a stop to the cruel and inhumane slaughter of these iconic Queensland animals under the guise of ‘traditional practices’.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us and raise these issues. We cannot have a change in Queensland without a change of Government. Only a vote for a strong, united LNP Team can get Queensland back on track!

Kind regards,

Campbell Newman Team.

From: Nora Preston <wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au>
To: “statements@lnp.org.au” <statements@lnp.org.au>
Cc: LNP RSVP <rsvp@lnp.org.au>
Sent: Friday, 9 March 2012 1:38 PM
Subject: Fw: Invitation to Lunch with Campbell Newman & John Howard

Good afternoon,

Further to my email yesterday, to which I have not yet received a response, I need to further add this REPORT BELOW and request your assurance that the Native Title Act will be amended to ensure one law for all, and that the indigenous waged rangers and offenders are prosecuted under the white man’s law for their serious crimes, that animal welfare will be included in the Native Title Act and prosecutions for killing native protected land and marine wildlife will also be included in the Native Title Act.

INHUMANE SLAUGHERS OF PROTECTED ENDANGERED GREEN SEA TURTLES AND DUGONGS IN TORRES STRAIT QUEENSLAND BY INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS.

ABC1’s 7.30 report on 8/3/12 exposed extreme cruelty to our protected vulnerable to extinction native Green Sea Turtles and Dugongs at the hands of taxpayer waged indigenous officials, and other indigenous Australians, selling the meat and other parts of the marine life on the black market, please click on this link to see the report: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3448943.htm
hunting rights hide horror for dugongs, turtles, Queensland’s Torres Strait far north Qld, far to the south of Qld, Protected endangered Green Sea Turtles chased weekly on Green Island in front of tourists, protected and endangered pregnant Green Sea Turtle with upto125 eggs, tethered for 3 days then inhumanely killed by indigenous Australians, still alive when carved up, dugongs dragged behind boats and drowned.

Taxpayer waged indigenous sea rangers are the head hunters of these inhumane crimes pocketing huge sums of money for the sale of their meat, bones in this illegal trade, with all eskies shipped through the airports addressed to the rangers.

The indigenous Australian legislation fails to protect endangered species from being slaughtered and inhumanely butchered by the indigenous people.

The Native Title Act needs to be immediately changed to protect all endangered species and ensure that the animal welfare act applies – one law for all. No hunting of protected native wildlife, No hunting of protected endangered species, animal welfare applies with imprisonment and huge fines.

The videoed indigenous people and indigenous rangers immediately arrested, charged, prosecuted and imprisoned, accordingly to white man’s law, the rangers immediately terminated from their jobs and banned for life from working with any animals.

Looking forward to your response to all of the matters raised in yesterday’s 8/3/12, CAN BE SEEN BELOW, and today’s 9/3/12 emails.

Sincerely

NORA PRESTON

Founding President

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP

From: Nora Preston [mailto:wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au]

Sent: Thursday, 8 March 2012 3:52 PM
To: LNP RSVP
Subject: Re: Invitation to Lunch with Campbell Newman & John Howard

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your acknowledgement.

I have been sent some disturbing information that Campbell Newman is proposing for his election.

The Liberal National Party of Qld says they will re-introduce lethal methods of crop protection if elected at the upcoming State elections.

The shooting and electrocution of flying-foxes (to prevent crop damage) was outlawed in Queensland as it was proven to be inhumane, and largely ineffective.

Tens of thousands of animals were killed using methods that often left them to die excruciatingly painful deaths. It sometimes takes days for these Australian native animals to die from their injuries.

The bats killed include large numbers of Grey-headed and Spectacled Flying-foxes.

Both are listed as threatened species.

We urge you to withdraw these proposals including sand mining on Stradbroke Island that will destroy a unique island.

You will find that the majority of your voters are looking for the end of inhumane and unnecessary killings of all native wildlife, the kangaroo commercial industries shut down, that those responsible for the dingo cruelty on Fraser Island are terminated from their jobs and their inhumane practices, scientific research etc ended with the withdrawal of charges and fine against Jennifer Parkhurst, and places of interest such as Stradbroke Island maintained untouched, with conservation and animal welfare as a top priority.

Your voters who claim they will vote for you if you continue to allow inhumane killings and reintroduce inhumane methods, driving native wildlife that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system to extinction, and destroy places of interest such as Stradbroke Island are of a minority and therefore are not enough numbers who will get you voted in.

We’ve been disappointed in not seeing any mention of conserving native wildlife, placing them onto the federal wildlife protection list as endangered species, such as the dingo, kangaroos, etc, and ending all inhumane methods currently used, and the conservation of Qld.

Native wildlife do not do the damage that certain people claim they do, you therefore need to be careful who you listen to, in order for you to get voted in, and then continue to work with those of us who are sensible with knowledge and expertise in our areas, after you get voted in.

Qld does need a change, but not in an inhumane way by reintroducing acts of animal cruelty that have been outlawed, and not by destroying Stradbroke Island.

The changes that Qld need is an end of the kangaroo commercial industry, an end to the inhumane unnecessary killing of kangaroos and other macropods, an end to all inhumane killings of animals, an end of driving native wildlife to extinction, an end of listening to the people who don’t know what they are talking about when they say there are millions of wildlife out there, when the sad fact is, that there aren’t, and those are the exact statements that see our native wildlife driven to extinction, by over exaggerating the population, refusing to admit that the numbers are dramatically low.

Looking forward to your response in these matters, and to see them in your can do campaign.

Sincerely

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

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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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

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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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