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249 Responses to Comments

  1. Yes, I remember you. How are you? I have sent you a personal e-mail.

  2. Ken Heppell says:

    Jennifer, you might remember the family at the table next to yours at the the Destiny Point Cafe in Kalorama on Sunday. I must admit, I had not heard your story until listening to your father relate it. I spent a little time Googling you when I got home and was disgusted with what I read about your treatment, especially the decision of an obviously biased magistrate. It seems to me the Queensland Government and Government agencies have a lot to answer for, not only for their treatment of you, but of the dingos you were trying to protect. I hope the suffering you have unnecessarily endured on behalf of all of us, will eventually lead to better protection of the indigenous dingos you love so much, and to the detriment of those who persecuted you.

  3. karrolle wilton says:

    Return to fraser and do what you do so well. I love my pets and i would never i could never imagine them starving… Good luck with everything you do


  4. karrolle wilton says:

    jennifer.. I just want to say thankyou. .. Thank you for your strength and courage you have shown. After watching ‘australian ‘ story… Im still wiping my eyes. please stay strong… Dont let them beat you. Your heart is so beautiful and so courageous…
    Im sorry to see all you have been put through but im hoping in time it will make you even stronger.
    Those dingoes are lucky to have shared what time they did with you.
    I think you deserved a hug not a fine.
    What an inspirational human being you are. Id love to hear hows things are
    going for you in the future and may you oneday be able to return to fraser and what you do so well. I wish you all the best and heres hoping legislations changr

  5. Pete B says:

    Dearest Jen,
    Congratulations on the passing of the suspended sentence
    Whatever cost you have had to pay you have had the courage to stand up not merely for what is right against bureaucratic , fearful public servants hanging out for their pension but also for the dingo.
    And dingos have no voice but from people like you.

  6. Di says:

    All the very best of luck and with your health, Jennifer, in the Future! Please know a lot of People are on your side and always have been

  7. Lea says:

    Your undeserved sentence is finished at last! Congratulations on standing
    up for what is good and right. Thanks for defending the creatures that
    don’t stand a chance without people like you.
    May the future hold wonderful things for you.

    In admiration and appreciation.

  8. Mary says:

    What was done to her is appalling. She was used as a scapegoat. I wish I could have done more to comfort and support her.

  9. Lynda says:

    Dear Jennifer,
    Congratulations on enduring the last 3 years! I wish I were down there to celebrate with you all.

    I hope now that the sentence time is over, you are permitted to go back to the island.

  10. Sally says:

    So happy one big sword hanging over your head has been removed. Thinking of you, and hoping that you will be able to move into a bright future, and put the nightmare days to rest.

  11. Karen says:

    Congratulations Jen on the end of a very unfair & unjust time. You are such
    an inspiration to so many people. Best wishes for the future. You certainly
    deserve some good fortune.

  12. Kay says:

    Hi. Jennifer. Would just love to say, how wonderful to finally
    put the past behind you, and with strength and courage which
    you have, to finally move on

    Always have faith, with no doubting, for if doubts arise its like a
    wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

    Meditate on things that are beautiful, pure and noble and then
    peace will be with you.

  13. Trish says:

    Hello Jennifer, WOW!!! it has finally finished for you and now you can start to relax a little and enjoy your life a little more. What a long road it has been for you darling and you got through it , just remember that it was about the beautiful Dingoes and your support for them and i am so sorry that you had to endure all that you have .Animal lovers are very special and are put on this earth for a very great reason and you and i will always care, love and protect . Take care now and enjoy your happiness and your friends and your little dog and always remember it’s about the animals !! With much love and happiness for you .

  14. Niki & Monika says:

    Dear Jennifer
    You’re an inspiration to us all, keep up the great work that you do.
    Let’s hope one day everyone will listen and save the beautiful Dingo.
    A big thank you.

  15. Wendy says:

    Your leadership has been inspiring. It has raised the issue of the
    unconscionable cruelty to the dingoes of Fraser Island through the
    cruelty of this same society towards you, a person who took practical
    steps to allevieat the pain she saw before her. Congratulations on being
    free of the shackles and having still not lost your nerve.

  16. Amber says:

    Dear Jennifer
    So glad to hear today,
    Another mile stone passed.
    Greet a new horizon and
    In overcoming be steadfast.

    The souls of the dingo,
    Forever live in our hearts.
    Make headway for peace
    And walk a straight path;

    Un-altering in your cause,
    Stronger every day,
    Supported by us all,
    You rock Jen!!!

  17. Janine says:

    Thank you so much for bringing to our attention the plight of the beautiful Dingos and your wonderful photos and books . I live in hope that in the very near future a solution is found and that they will have peace, protection, medical help and lots of good food. I wish I could do more to help……

  18. Helen says:

    My very best wishes go to Jennifer in all she has done to profile the Dingoes, she should get an apology from the idiots who imposed this dreadful sentence on her.

  19. Lindy says:

    Hi Jen CONGRATULATIONS on your FREEDOM. So glad this is over for you .Just remember you did do the right thing by the Dingoes and you can always be proud of that decision. It paid a horrible toll on you, but remember Don Chipp’s unforgettable words “Don’t let the bastards get you down”. The Dingoes are grateful for your efforts and enduring friendship. Remember many people love & admire you.

  20. Heidi says:

    I’m so stoked that you have made it through these hard years, and your passion has survived.
    You are a true environmental warrior, and in your heart you know what you do is for the good of the planet.
    Keep up the good fight.
    So happy that you’ve reached this milestone 

  21. Marg & Don says:

    Hi Jen,
    At last it is here…..well done you for surviving the worst three years of
    your life. We love you and send big hugs

  22. John says:

    Sincerest Thanks and Sadness that in order to highlight the unjust suffering
    of the Dingoes on K’Gari, you had to suffer so unjustly. Hopefully Happy
    days are ahead for you and the Dingoes.

  23. Salli says:

    Hi folks what a brilliant article. Jennifer deserves and OBE or something not a fine.

  24. Dingo Simon says:

    Actually Jen wasn’t the only one who suffered from her trial. I saw the sadness in her fathers face, he had aged so much, his voice quivered and the fear of losing Jen to jail.
    Every supporter of Jen’s sitting in that Court suffered in fear and anguish as Smith ranted on. We all held our breath, people grasped the hand of the person beside them as we waited for the inevitable unwelcome outcome.
    The QPWS Rangers and staff were so scared of Jen’s knowledge of the treatment dished out to the dingoes they went to all extremes to shut her down.
    To get a Govt Dept to waste all their resources to hound her to silence has certainly backfired. They thought they crushed her, but the army of supporters in Aust and around the world Jen accumulated has now caused changes that would never have occurred before.
    Managers of Depts, and Rangers have had their employment terminated. A new Govt is bringing about change to the ways dingoes and Tourists will be managed.
    None of this would not have happened unless it was for Jen.
    It is true, she has suffered more than any of us, but many of us have suffered along with her. And it is this suffering that has brought about change.

  25. Michelle says:

    Jennifer Parkhurst is trying to save the last pure strain of dingo in Australia. tourists aboard the airconditioned 4Wd “eco-tour” buses should be informed of the policies of trapping, culling, and deliberate starvation of these animals.

    Michelle Eaglehawk, Vic

  26. Toni says:

    My name is Toni and I am contacting you regarding becoming a member of
    the save the Fraser Island Dingo group.
    I read about Jenny and the Fraser Island dingo plight and was absolutely
    I haven’t slept well since I read the article and am making sure I am
    telling others who I know maybe compassionate.
    I tried to down load your membership form and it wouldn’t go through.
    I have sent a donation of $50 on Sunday and would like to help, if I can.
    Please let me know if I can join without the form and what can I do to help.
    Could you please pass on to Jenny my sincerest thanks for all she has
    selflessly done, if I was distraught just over the article I can only
    imagine what she has been through seeing these atrocities first hand.

  27. Arian says:

    I am profoundly uplifted by this piece. It is a rare thing to read such powerful journalism.
    I salute Frank Robson. And I am proud to have Jennifer as a friend.

  28. Janet says:

    Dear Jennifer,
    I just read the SMH newspaper article emailed by SFID. The whole debacle is
    just so completely SAD. I can’t stop crying with a huge flow of compassion
    for these beautiful innocent creatures and also for your horrible
    treatment. It just breaks my heart over and over. Why? what has been
    produced by what amounts to revenge, both against the dingoes and yourself.
    Where does cruelty end? I send you a warm holding hug and let you now how I
    can’t help but share in the grief. I hope there is some light for you. Even
    the recent gains in management approach don’t by any stretch, in my heart
    anyway, mitigate the harm done and the losses. Kind regards Janét.

  29. Trevor says:

    Excellent, a very in-depth expose of the real truth.

  30. BP says:

    the comments made in the article by Prof Kaplan are very important as she is an ethologist which makes her an expert on animal behaviour and what she says is exactly the same as what Jennifer has said about the current FIDMS’s on the dingoes’ behaviour

  31. Deborah says:

    dear jennifer, you are such a fine, fine person. it is impossible to understand why some people have to have such hard lives, but i admire greatly your capacity to continue to be human in the midst of all the inhumanity of the killing, defaming, starving, punishing, hideous, stupid, ignorant actions you and dingoes have been forced to endure. i am sure that gisela is right (she pretty much always is) – the cruelty forces dingoes to behave differently, and everything that could be peaceful and quietly convivial becomes full of fear and terrible death. you are a real hero dear jennifer, and i’m glad there is good solid recognition of that fact, with love, debbie.

  32. SFID says:

    It is so frustrating to read the FIDMS Review do much is just not understood about the dingo’s behaviour so why doesnt the Government make the most of Jen’s expertise even Dr Lee Allen said it was a pleasure to read Jen’s work which was taken from her through the raid SO why not put egos aside and confer with her Lee Allen’s opinion was made public during the gut wrenching court case!! Save Fraser Island Dingoes Inc.

  33. Marilyn says:

    I believe Jennifer was used as a a scapegoat for the Labor Government’s poor implementation of the FIDMS, their frantic uneducated and inexperienced attempts to “control” the dingoes during escalated invasion by tourists. As far as I can see when the FIDMS were tabled in 2001 many of the recommendations were never followed. Lets hope the new FIDMS and implementation bring something better. If it werent for Jennifer and SFID the treatment by derm and lives of the dingoes on Fraser may never have been challenged and hopefully changed. I hope QPWS appoint somebody with experience to educate the rangers, Dingo Simon and Ray Revill for a start, and Jen herself. Its time for QPWS to own up to their ways and move forward with a fresh start, and accept what is on offer to help them.

  34. Ed says:

    Its a shameless act by different authorities who seem to have no clue as to what they have done, or should be doing. The exorbitant penalty imposed is absolutely beyond comprehension and why was it allowed to continue, who’s pulling the strings on the magistrate. Better to have well fed Dingo’s than starving ones, and if they interact with society then good for that too. Why wasn’t something done by the legal profession as to the penalty, and a redress of the outcome raised, or are the legal fraternity so spineless to face up to a political system which seems to be corrupted by its own desire for power outcomes and authorities that have no real value as to what is desirable for a sustainable environment but money outcomes. Its about time something was done to rectify the situation legally.

  35. Maryland says:

    Dear Editors The Age Sydney Morning Herald
    Re Good Weekend 13 April 2013 The Dingo Woman

    THANK YOU for publishing this amazing story ‘The Dingo Woman’

    Frank Robson’s story proves beyond doubt that Jennifer Parkhurst should NOT have been fined $40,000, for feeding starving dingoes.
    DERM / Minister Andrew Powell share a responsibility to void what remains of her fine and rescind the black mark on her good name.
    We are horrified about this travesty of Justice against an innocent person.
    How would any of us like it, if this happened to you?
    Please help Jennifer Parkhurst get her life back!

    Maryland Wilson President Australian Wildlife Protection Council

  36. Lynda says:

    Dearest Jennifer,
    This is an absolutely EXCELLENT article and one that has been a long time coming.

    You are a special angel walking amongst mankind and obviously found your calling on this planet. Your love of these beautiful animals will eventually win through, I am sure it has to.

    I can relate to exactly how you feel towards animals and the horror of what man is capable of, I too am an old soul, who doesn’t want to be here, although I have to be, as I too have been sent here to do what I need to do regarding saving macropods, so you aren’t alone in your disappointment with mankind and their absolute ignorance to what we deem as simply common sense. It is a lonely existence when compared to ‘normal’ people isn’t it. We prefer to be with animals than humans.

    With sincere love and respect,

  37. Maruyland says:

    Dear Jen
    We in AWPC are ecstatic about this amazing fortunate forward for YOU
    and all who are appalled at your shocking plight due to petty jealousies and rural Australian contempt for this top predator,
    such as that exists in Queensland who still live in colonial Times… and are blind to anything but their narrow world
    May Justice prevail!!!

  38. Deb Rose says:

    dear jennifer, thanks so much for sendign this interview link. the more i learn about dingoes, the more i udnerstand why the ‘powers that be’ don’t want to expose these truthfiul stories. no one could refuse to care about dingoes after hearing this lovely interview, thanks . debbie

  39. Barb says:

    This is fantastic interview Jennifer, thanks for sending it to me – I will send it to all my friends

    We are so happy that you are the President of NDPRP – congratulations!!!!!!!!

    A Question of Balance is a very interesting and informative environmental show good that you were interviewed on it

    love and all the best, Barbara xox

  40. Ray says:

    Dear Jen,

    I am so elated from the recent achievements to care for the beautiful dingos, … such a monumental achievement, … A time of extreme well being and oneness with all creation in the face of all suffering and pain you have and do experience Jen … and for all the good souls you and the dingos have inspired

    So here & now it is great that you have such passion for that which you do and the dingoes, … and have the freedom to be able to choose your environment of beaches, rainforests, in company with your beloved dingoes, … take it easy and enjoy it at a pleasurable pace Jen … You have fulfilled full measure your God given role, … now it is the time you can meander on beaches and rainforests, finish your books … a rich time Dear Jen …

  41. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for your fantastic letter, possibly the nicest letter I have received in a long time. You must be a very beautiful person yourself, to have so much empathy for both me and the animals.
    I love the thought that all my animal friends will be waiting for me one day, and I can’t wait to see them again. Each and every one of them has meant the world to me. Thank you for understanding how awful it has been, first to see them suffer and die, and then to go through the ordeal of the raid and prosecution.
    At least we have made a difference, and whether or not the new government actually goes through with the recommendations by Eocsure, we will know that we forced them into it. There is a lot to be said for people power, and without supporters like you this wouldn’t have happened either.
    I suspect we will have to keep fighting for change, and keep the government and DERM on their toes. Let’s hope that not too many dingoes suffer in the mean time. I think more dingoes were killed this year than any other!
    Thanks once again for your letter and your support, it really has made my day.
    Warm regards

  42. Vickie says:

    Hi Jennifer

    What a fabulous woman you are!
    Without you, this review would probably never have happened. I hope you are feeling so proud of what you have achieved! You started the momentum.
    You are truly an angel sent from heaven.

    Had you have helped a minority group of people you would have been labelled a saint, but because it was ‘only animals’…the system didn’t understand….

    I’m sorry that life for you is not great since that dreadful court case.
    I’m sure I will never know how disempowered you must feel.
    I really believe that we meet up with our animal friends when we die so imagine the party they will host for you!

    Good luck Jennifer.

    Kind regards

  43. Tom says:

    Hi There. I am trying to get photographs of some Badtjala people from the 1930′s for a documentary film. Do you have any on this site and how could we get permission to use them? My email address is if there is anyone that can help!

  44. Brian Clarke says:

    Hi Jennifer

    I have just started exploring your site after picking up a card at the sausage sizzle yesterday. I have recently relocated from Melbourne and Fraser Island was one of the key drivers in doing so. I first visited the island 28 years ago and one of the greatest memories I have was leaving the barge from Inskip and within a couple of minutes seeing a healthy dingo and a brumby within 50 metres of each other on the beach. What a joy. I am fortunate to have seen that!

    Move forward 15 years, another trip, and camping at Lake McKenzie. No shortage of dingoes but no brumbies. It was during this trip that I realised that one day I would live in the Bay.

    Before moving up here I took my wife to the island 12 months ago, full of stories about the place and and in particular the dingoes. How depressing to arrive at the lake and find we had to lunch inside an electrified fence area. The beach? Having to put fish carcasses in rubbish bins! We saw one dingo over two days. I won’t say we were lucky to do so because it was upsetting to see a starving animal trying to scratch a feed out from something on the beach.

    I have read that there are only about 100 – 120 0f these beautiful animals left on the Island. What has happened? I am writing this in tears, this fact has made me quite emotional. I would like yo know more and besides donating what I can do to help.

  45. Rosie says:

    I travelled to the Island with my boyfriend for the first time last week and spent 4 nights there. I read the Fraser Island Atlas and guide whilst we were on the Island and couldn’t help but feel a sense of overwhelming guilt for having visited the Island myself, as beautiful as it was. I had no idea what it was like before I arrived, and no idea how I would feel coming away from the experience. The story of what happened to the aboriginal people on the island was horrific and barbaric, and I feel like the government are now doing the same thing to the dingoes.

    I enjoyed my time on the Island and it really is breathtaking. There was a very spiritual presence on the island that I haven’t felt anywhere else in Australia.The strongest feeling that I had however, was a sense of guilt to be in a place that I felt belonged to the wildlife and the land. The strange irony of driving a 4wd through such a place immediately struck me. All I could think of was how I felt as a child watching Fern Gully, and how wrong it was to see people driving down a beach at over 80kph and french backpackers puffing away on cigarettes at lake McKenzie.

    The main thing that I have come away from the island feeling is an overwhelming fear for the continued existence of the Fraser dingoes. On our last day on the island, heading down to the barge, we saw a mother and a young pup playing happily together on the beach and frolicking in the sand. The sight mesmerised me and brought me to tears. I want my children to experience the incredible beauty of Australia’s wildlife, and the extremely rare beauty of the dingo. I want people to realise that when they travel to the island, they are traveling to the home of the dingo. They are on someone else’s territory. To me, the Island still belongs to the Butchulla people and the native animals that inhabit it. It was a privilege for us to go there, not a right.

  46. Lindy says:

    OMG, THIS IS SO SAD More Dingo deaths. These poor little pups what hope do they have with tourism escalating ? WE must continue lobbying for a wildlife Care Centre on Island, surely vets would volunteer on a roster system. Is there a vet on the Island? There must be I’m assuming. So sorry to hear this, how many times can a heart break?

  47. David says:

    Hi , just some info on how rangers on Fraser feel about wildlife, i found a
    turtle washed up on the beach due to to heavy seas , i took it up to eurong
    station and the ranger told me to ” Chuck it back in ” ?????????

  48. Joe Emanuele says:

    G’day Jennifer,
    A genuine congratulations on your AWPC Conservationist of the Year Award. Well earned and well deserved. The recognition that comes with this Award is rightfully yours and well over due. Congratulations. No-one deserves it more.

    I have subscribed to an SFID You Tube page and recently saw a video showing the fires on Fraser Island, a sad story about your boy ‘H’ and I litteraly cried for you as you sat with Pepper. Thankyou very much for this video. It is an education and eye opener I feel that many people need to see. I know it has opened my eyes.

    Again my congratulations and thanks to you.
    I am not one for Christmas but wish you all the very best for the New Year.

    Kindest of Regards,
    Joe Emanuele

  49. Joe Emanuele says:

    Another point to consider. For all of us who have taken a new 6 – 8 maybe even 12 week old puppy into our family embrace know and understand that our new family member is just, a puppy and will be for a good two years. We accept the fact that he/she is a puppy and we also accept and understand all of it’s puppy traits. Perhaps a step by step video recording of the progressive changes, developments, curiosity and life experiences our puppy goes through till it reaches maturity could be recorded and compared to the life changes, developments and curiosity that a dingo puppy goes through then presented to DERM and QPWS.

    Perhaps this will give these Government agencies the education they are so sorely in need of. Perhaps this will help the agencies see that what they are murdering in many circumstances are just puppies, yet to experience a full life. Perhaps they will open their eyes and see the similarities portrayed by all babies, human or animal.

    After all, we don’t kill our family members ( puppies ) for being what they are do we?
    We don’t kill our human babies for testing the waters of life.

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