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Species-ism: a displacement attitude to racism?

The other day whilst walking on a quiet bush track with a friend, we came across a magpie standing on some grass surveying the scene, including the pair of us. My friend said rather scornfully "I don't like those birds!" People who would never dream of vilifying a group of people on the basis of their race seem to have no compunction in vilifying members of an entire species often on the basis of nothing. Comments may seem harmless enough at first but on further reflection one realises they can be an incitement to harm. Is there a moral difference between racism and "species-ism"?

Can an Injured Kangaroo with Compound Fractures be Rehabilitated?

Read this most amazing - albeit short - account of the latest success of wildlife carers Professor Steve Garlick and his wife Dr Rosemary Garlick, and their protocol. Perhaps wildlife carers may be inspired to learn from these carers, instead of putting such a badly injured kangaroo in the 'too hard' basket and euthanasing?

Help STOP Canberra's Kangaroo Massacre - June 2011

Something very shonky is going on in Canberra with unjustified massacre of kangaroos. As the previous blog mentioned, no science to back it up.
Learn some more facts and take action! We can only stop this if lots of people take action!

Australia Day Hero - kangaroo rescuer Ray Cole


Mr Cole, originally from Preston in Victoria, is a humble and ordinary man with compassion. To oppose the police and go ahead and rescue a struggling joey, in deep murky water, was a courageous and selfless act. He saw a struggling creature needing help, and did what he could.
 
 

Sadistic attacks on kangaroos at Morisset Hospital


The sadistic atrocities occurring against our indigenous inhabitants - kangaroos - at Morisset hospital is totally shameful and horrendous.  Why haven't these atrocities been stopped and the sadists captured?  It is disgraceful that the Morisset kangaroos have been slaughtered for years and the only people to help are a handful of wildlife volunteers.

Special Kangaroo

A day in the life of a wildlife carer ... how many wildlife carers and vets would euthanase this joey? Professor Steve Garlick and Dr Rosemary Garlick (with the help of wildlife expert Howard Ralph D.M.V.) have managed to save hundreds of kangaroos that would have otherwise not had a chance.

Killing dingoes to make way for goats

The destruction of dingoes has taken place in Australia since the first white man set foot on our shores and continues today. Pastoralism and dingoes have never been a good mix however non-lethal methods of protecting stock are being used by a few enlightened pastoralists. The Australian dingo suffers from an image problem due to several factors including a myth that it is not truly a native animal in this country. Many studies have demonstrated however that dingoes are a crucial component in maintaining biodiversity in Australian ecosystems - where there are dingoes there are more small native mammals and less foxes, cats, rabbits, goats and pigs. Dingo predation of kangaroos is an important relationship for both animals yet this is ignored by kangaroo meat advocates as it does not fit into the "green" message they are trying to sell. Given the dingoes key role as a top-order predator, why is the West Australian government employing full time doggers to shoot, trap and poison dingoes to protect feral goats?

One more Kangaroo 'Cull' in Canberra - this time in Nature Parks!

The one place where you'd think our native animals, our national icon would be safe - a nature park. Yet the ACT government has ordered yet another cull in no less than seven nature parks in Canberra. This time for 1,890 kangaroos (joeys uncounted as usual). The grounds for such a cull? Oh yes, to protect endangered species like the perunga grasshopper, legless striped lizard, the Golden Sun Moth and grasses. Since when does a native species degrade the environment? Only ferals do that - like homo sapiens!

RSPCA whitewash of Preston Beach kangaroo slaughter

Shortly after protesters had dispersed from Preston Beach on the 5th of May, 2010 the kangaroo shooters moved in. The following morning residents were horrified to find blood stained walkways along with injured and dead joeys. An RSPCA investigation found no evidence of cruelty despite photographic evidence of a decapitated juvenile kangaroo on the border of Yalgorup National Park.

The RSPCA whitewash of this government sanctioned slaughter inevitably cheapens the value of kangaroos in the eyes of some members of society. Sadistic acts of kangaroo cruelty are commonplace. You need look no further than the carnage left behind after one of these culls to see where much of this cruelty stems from. The RSPCA are supposed to represent "All Creatures Great and Small" but a sheep or kangaroo in Western Australia can expect no mercy from this organisation supposedly empowered to protect them.

175,000,000 kangaroos required to support a vicious immoral trade

Some claim kangaroo meat is 'green'. Some claim killing kangaroos is 'better' for Australia's environment. So what if Australian farmers of lamb, beef, pork and chicken transitioned to kangaroo?

To this author it is like employing Ivan Milat to skin platypus for tourist purses.

Personal bias aside, Australia's Federal Treasury Secretary, Ken Henry, has highlighted the flawed presumptions of Australia's roo trade being unviable.

Preston Beach Kangaroo Cull

The culling of 100 kangaroos is already underway at the Preston Beach Golf Club near Mandurah in Western Australia. Calls to erect a physical barrier between the course and the adjacent Yalgorup National Park have fallen on deaf ears. This is the second time in 3 years such a cull has been approved by the DEC for this two-bit golf club.

What you can do: Protest on Wednesday the 5th of May at 4pm at Preston Beach.

Yet another kangaroo cruelty case

This week two 19 year old men appeared in Albany magistrates court charged with animal cruelty after they dragged a kangaroo behind their car. Will these two get just another slap on the wrist like the Dawesville pair last year ?

The Kangaroo Industry: Weapon of Choice

The kangaroo industry funding a study on animal welfare? Are any alternative joey killing methods going to be more humane than John Kelly's possum abattoir or is this just a big PR exercise.... Will stunning joeys before killing them result in more profitability for Topper, Packer and Co? One thing's for sure, Anna Bligh doesn't have a clue

Corella conundrums


Corellas are one of the most visible birds in many Australian cities, any proposal to cull their numbers inevitably causes some controversy. Like humans, they may be recent inhabitants of an area but are they occupying an environmental niche that we created ?

Kangaroo: The Other Grey Meat

Australians have been very reluctant to come to the party when it comes to eating kangaroos themselves, maybe it's got something to do with us viewing roo meat as something that is only fit for the dog. So what is the dog actually eating? Is it euro chunks? Diced eastern grey? Maybe minced Bennetts wallaby? Does it matter? Maybe it is easier for us to stomach roo meat when we don't have to put a face to it ... a sort of miscellaneous meat.

Dame Judi Dench stands up for kangaroos - UK and EU

Dame Judi Dench, one of Britain’s best loved and respected actors and a great animal welfare supporter, has supported the campaign to ban kangaroo products from import by all EU member states. "As a lover of animals and their welfare I am pleased to add my name to the many others across the world who are supporting this very worthwhile campaign.” (Judi Dench)

ACT Roo killings: Who profits? Behind the Earless Dragon mask

Human Population growth impacts on wildlife: The endangered Earless Dragon is being used to justify killing thousands of Eastern Gray kangaroos in Belconnen and Majura, but the motive is really developers' profit. As grasslands are turned into building sites, as human population growth is encouraged.. Kangaroos are in the way, as is democracy, so both are being buried. See also:Kangaroo articles


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