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Death in Paradise..
The Holiday season is a time of fun and frivolity for most of us, but for the Fraser Island Dingo it is a time of danger and death. It is a time when “nuisance” animals are trapped and culled to accommodate the influx of tourists. At least five animals have been officially culled this year, local residents say there are many more. The government claims this is acceptable and that culling is decreasing, this is not the case.
Ms. Kate Jones, former Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability claimed there were over 200 animals on the Island, but there is no scientific research to support this theory. To have a viable population at least 80% of females must survive to maturity, can the government guarantee this?
SFID challenges the new Minister Ms. Vicki Darling and those bureaucrats who sit behind their desks and make life and death decisions on the fate of these animals to witness the ”humane destruction” they have sanctioned, to witness the lethal injection of a 9 month old puppy or the rifle shot and excruciating pain and fear that follows.
There are those that deride the “emotional approach ” as regards animal welfare issues, but compassion is central to human values and emotion and science are not mutually exclusive..we know instinctively what is right and what is wrong. The current approach to dingo management on Fraser Island is totally wrong and Ms. Jonmes and now Ms. Darling will hold the dubious distinction of being responsible for the extinction of yet another Australian species.
We must protest loudly and clearly and the public must demand a change to the flawed and failing “management” strategy of our dingoes. If not, we will demand a change of government at the next election.
Fraser Island is the dingoes’ home. Those that come to the Island are only visitor’s and need to respect the wildlife and respect the wilderness and remember their actions can have dire consequences for both animal and tourist.. Cheryl Bryant Publicity Officer SFID
To voice your concerns, please write to:
Andrew Powell MP
Shadow Minister for the Environment.
Qld State Government.
Suite 4/70 Maple Street, Maleny, QLD, 4552
All correspondence to: PO Box 727, Maleny, QLD, 4552
Ph: 07 5435 2013 Fax: 07 5435 2165
Kevin Rudd MP: Kevin.Rudd.MP@aph.gov.au
Campbell Newman MP, Leader LNP: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Liberal National Party
66-68 Bowen Street
PO Box 940,
Spring Hill QLD
DERM Minister: email@example.com
DERM Ranger: firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 15185
email@example.com Mr Young Hun JUNG
Hon Vicki Darling MP
Minister for Environment and Resource Management:
PO Box 496
Sandgate Q 4017
Shop 2, Fifth Ave
David Gibson MP: Gympie@parliament.qld.gov.au
Ted Sorensen MP: Hervey.Bay@parliament.qld.gov.au
Jack Dempsey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Noosa Journal: email@example.com
Hervey Bay Independent: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maryborough Independent: email@example.com
Australian Story was almost an SFID event! I cannot thank the producers and the team enough. For the first time, I feel that my voice, and the voice of the dingoes, has been heard.
If it was not for my great friends at SFID I dont think I would have made it through.
I am very pleased that so many of you saw the Austrlain Story and have written in to offer your support. thank you for your comments, below:
Some people have asked if we have any merchandise, so I have uploaded the items that are available at the moment.
I have also uploaded Membership Forms. you should be able to right-click on the form and save it as a JPEG, print it out and send it to Karin. otheriwse, e-mail Karin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you everyone for all of your supportive comments.
I have received a few offers from people to donate towards the fine I received.
If anyone is interested in donating, you can take a cheque to your local Magistrates court and pay them at the counter. Payee is ‘State Penalties Enforcement Registry’ and my Party ID is: 62883053. Please be sure to get a receipt, and if you would be so kind as to post me a copy of the receipt for my records, I would be most grateful.
Mail can be sent to me C/O SFID: 50 Old Maryborough Rd Pialba Qld 4655
(For some reason dingoes love pulling hair and pulling out pigtails, and love pulling clothes – see comment from Mary below -)