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Report on Celebration Today at the Zoo re End to East West Link

This article thanks all who attended the celebration today (7 December 2014) to give thanks to the incoming Labor Government and to all who have campaigned for years to save Royal Park and the Zoo from certain destruction should the East West Link be constructed. The article also contains a photo of a concerning note left by East West Connect for a resident, requesting some kind of ongoing involvement in the link.

Celebrate end of East West Link on 6 December 11 am at Zoo

Inside see copy of the letter from a lawyer which was today delivered to East West Connect, Linking Melbourne authority and Lend Lease, on behalf of Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc and Royal Park Protection Group Inc.. advising that work on the Link is no longer justified. This article extends an invitation to celebrate the end of East West Link and documents the cessation of work on this loathed piece of infrastructure. So many people worked so hard to stop this abomination, spent so much time and their own money. Many thought they could never win. Even the judicial system seemed aligned with the government against the people. Julianne Bell and others who followed her example have truly earned this extraordinary outcome, which certainly contributed to the undoing of the Napthine Government.

Video: Report on the Children's March for the Animals against EastWest Link today at Melbourne Zoo

Led by Rod Quantock and organised by Moreland Community Against the Tollway, the Children's March for the Animals drew a concerned crowd despite the pouring rain, to raise awareness of the serious threat the East-West tollway poses to the Melbourne Zoo. It is proposed to be built at around 40 metres from the zoo wall (pictured below the video).

Sunday May 4: Children’s March for the Animals to Melbourne Zoo - massive dress-up opportunity!

Moreland Community Against the Tunnel (MCAT) is organising a Children's March for the Animals to Melbourne Zoo. The march is this Sunday 4 May, 1PM! The proposed East West Link runs within 40m of the zoo, and will involve cut and cover construction right through Royal Park, including removal of 1000s of trees. The March for the Animals is designed to draw attention to the risks to the zoo as a result - risks which have still not been assessed. Adults and children are encouraged to join the march, ideally dressed as their favourite zoo animal. Australian entertainer with a social conscience Rod Quantock will lead the Children's March for the Animals from Princes Park 500 metres to the Melbourne Zoo.

East West Link Tunnel threat to Melbourne Zoo

"If Oregon can shut down highway construction adjacent to its zoo for four months over concern with the health of one pregnant elephant, what are the ongoing risks to the animals at Melbourne Zoo? These are amongst the questions that need answers before any contract is awarded." Michael Petit

Mali. Melbourne's new baby Elephant celebrated in a Buddhist ceremony

Melbourne Zoo's baby elephant has been blessed by Buddhist monks after Victorians voted to name her "Mali", the Thai word for the jasmine flower.
Sadly, there is no animal "Christening" or official Blessing ceremony in the Christian church.
There is little or no agenda in the church to recognize non-human creatures, despite their worshipping of God of All Creation.
(Newborn baby Asian Elephant - Photos courtesy of Wikimedia commons)

Sea Shepherd advocates embargo against Australian kangaroo products

Shortly after Australians learned of the Chinese practice of confining bears for life in metal corsets and draining them of bile, I noticed Melbourne Zoo was selling little toy bears that were 'made in China'. Lately I cannot help noticing the mushrooming of Chinese tourist shops here selling cute toy kangaroos alongside purses made out of kangaroo testicles. And Australia has an anti-whaling policy but officially condones kangaroo massacres.
What is wrong with our politicians?

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