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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


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.


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.


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.



There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

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

Founding President
PO Box 3509

Mob: 0406 056 099

Email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au 

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19 March 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:


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


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

and click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html

Submissions are now closed. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

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


Following Wildlife Carers Group Investigation and Report on the Fraser Island Dingoes, on 29/8/11, on 5/9/11, the Liberal National Party (LNP) has committed to ensuring the long term survival of the Fraser Island Dingoes, click this link to read the LNP’s commitments: http://www.lnp.org.au/policies/queenslands-precious-wildlife-the-fraser-island-dingo

Please click this link to view Wildlife Carers Group follow up on Fraser Island Dingoes Driven to Extinction Report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/fraser-island-dingoes-driven-to-extinction/?sn=l
, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/wildlife-carers-group-investigation-and-report-on-the-fraser-island-dingoes-qld-liberal-national-party-takes-action-to-protect-fraser-island-dingoes/?sn=l

Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be

who are starving them to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them, will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. Changing the Qld government legislation and constitution, to humanely conserve this species, and their habitat. Erecting GIVE WAY to DINGOES/WILDLIFE Signs. We can see their marine life up and down the Qld coast, however, the only unique sighting that Fraser Island can boast about, and can offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 90 odd Dingoes, population estimation as of 28-29 August 2011, (since the mismanaged Fraser Island fire by the Qld government, this Dingo population has more than likely dropped dramatically), that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, Fraser Island will have nothing left to offer to the huge tourist trade it currently holds, which will end Fraser Island tourism. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

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

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

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


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/


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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