Kangaroo industry ramps up pressure to ease California’s ban on leather products

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Kangaroos, the iconic marsupial from Down Under, are prized by soccer players for their skin. Some of the most coveted cleats and gloves are made with kangaroo leather.

California banned the import of kangaroo parts in 1971. In 2007, the state put a moratorium on the ban, allowing the sale of kangaroo-skin products. The moratorium is set to expire at the end of this year.

Kim Beazley, Australian ambassador to the U.S.,said in a statement.“The Australian Government wishes to grow our strong economic ties by removing unnecessary trade barriers that are not grounded on science. A temporary solution has been in place for years and it is now time to adopt a permanent resolution. ”

He also said that “the Australian government wishes to grow our strong economic ties by removing unnecessary trade barriers that are not grounded on science”! This absurd and insulting assessment of the value of our native animals is unpatriotic, undemocratic and callous. Animals and our nation’s emblems transcends “science” and the makes mockery of our love for animals, their welfare, the public’s concerns of cruelty, genetic disturbances, and the fake “science” that promotes their slaughter.

What “science” promotes the slaughter of kangaroos? Actually, the “science” supports their existence in Australia for over 40 million years, and their status as animals that have evolved here and able to live sustainably with their environment.

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At the time, California was reportedly the only state with a prohibition of kangaroo products. The Humane Society of the United States HSUS contends that this law was passed to protect species that resemble listed species, and that in Australia, those who hunt kangaroos (often at night) are not able to distinguish species that are lawful to hunt from those that are not. In particular, this organization believes that mistakes can be made in distinguishing Western Grey Kangaroos from Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

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(kangaroo skins - image source: http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Kangaroo-Skins_108537264/showimage.html)

The Humane Society is also concerned about the inhumane methods used to kill kangaroos including the young of female kangaroos. Typically, these animals are gutted in the bush and suspended on trucks before being driven to chilled storage containers, such as those the NSW Food Authority found the reported breaches.

Government data found kangaroos are in serious long-term decline in New South Wales. by Ecologist Ray Mjadwesch

Government population estimates since then show increases that are biologically impossible, ensuring that millions of kangaroos continue to be shot annually from ever-shrinking populations.

Our primary concern is the animal cruelty associated with the kangaroo slaughter industry, with firearm mis-shots and the bludgeoning to death of joeys common practice. The industry claims to care about ‘humane harvesting’ and also regurgitate their propaganda about population control.

John Kelly, Executive Officer of the Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation have written a report to re-open the industry.

According to the report, “the industry provides an essential environmental management service. Kangaroos typically represent about 30% of total grfazing pressure on the rangelands. Total grazing pressure is a key environmental indicator in these regions, and must be carefully managed to minimize risk of desertification and biodiversity loss”. Then comes the honest crunch: “they (kangaroos) compete directly with sheep for the grazing resources, especially during droughts. They also directly consume crops and greatly diminish grazier’s capacity to lock country up for spelling from grazing pressure”. So the real problem is not about science, but economic, that kangaroos are taking their grazing away from all-consuming livestock!

President Maryland Wilson of AWPC says:

The kangaroo killing industry supplies leather for soccer cleats, handbags and baseball mitts, fuelling the slaughter of millions of kangaroos each year- in the largest wildlife massacre in the world. It must be STOPPED!

Companies such as Adidas and their ‘Predator’ shoe which use kangaroo skins lead the world. We urge shoppers not to buy Adidas products until they cease their part in the largest wildlife massacre in the world. It is the slaughter of the Innocents- The kangaroo industry bludgeons millions of young innocent joeys to death every year.

It is vital to the survival of kangaroos that we stop the trade in their skins, especially for the manufacturing of soccer cleats. According to Australia’s leading tanners of kangaroo leather, Parker Tanning, manufacturers prefer to use the largest skins to make athletic footwear. These skins come from the large red males which take 10 years to reach alpha status and are being continually massacred so few survive to pass on their superior genes to the next generation. This means that smaller, weaker and younger males are left to breed with the females, producing offspring who are less likely to survive a major drought or other natural disasters. We must reverse this trend before a major disaster strikes and Australia’s kangaroos are wiped out!

It is frightening that leather suppliers are complaining that there are few large red males left in Australia. Skins are getting smaller and smaller as they now shoot juveniles.

Many top manufacturers now make hi-tech, hi-performance synthetic soccer cleats for professionals without the use of any animal products. Please help us show Adidas that we won’t allow them to kick the kangaroo into extinction.

(featured image- source: http://www.yesvegetarian.com/kangaroos-are-adorable-animals-not-some-delicacy/#sthash.elc7N0QL.dpbs)

 

Petition to Adidas: Stop using kangaroo leather

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Reintroduction of Western Quolls in Flinders Ranges- Reclaiming the land

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The Idnya (or Western Quoll) is a small reddish‐grey coloured carnivorous marsupial with white spots on its body and legs. The male has an average weight of 1300 grams and the female weighs around 900 grams.

The marsupial carnivore once covered 70 per cent of Australia, but declining land condition and feral cat and fox attacks have seen the western quoll confined to Western Australia – until now.

SMH:Endangered western quolls return to Flinders Ranges, South Australia

FAME is working with the South Australian Department of Environment to reintroduce the endangered Western Quoll and Brush-tailed Possum to arid and semi-arid Australia, starting in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. The return of the Western Quoll, a predator at the top of the food chain, will help restore the balance of species in these regions.

Both the Western Quoll (Idnya) and Brush-tailed Possum (Virlda) are totems of the local Adnyamathanha people, and part of their dreaming. Recent international studies show that restoring a dominant predator to its original range results in more healthy, balanced natural systems.

The vulnerable western quoll, also known as the chuditch, is one of Australia’s native predators, about the size of a small domestic cat. It once occurred in every state and territory but is now restricted to south-west Western Australia.

The $55,000 funding will be used to control feral cats and foxes before the western quolls are released, and monitor the success of the reintroduced quolls afterwards. It builds on the successful trial release of 38 western quolls in the Flinders Ranges in 2014.

The news of the 60 baby Idnya (Western Quolls) to the Flinders Ranges– the first in the Flinders Ranges for more than 150 years – is a terrific milestone in this ambitious trial reintroduction, which saw 41 Idnya released in their former homeland in April‐May. FAME and DEWNR are hopeful that the population will grow faster than the number which are lost through predation and accidents.

While the Brush-tailed Possum is common in urban areas, it has been declining in regional areas and has not been seen in Northern and Central Flinders Ranges since the 1930s. Restoring the Brush-tailed Possum to its natural place in the local environment will improve the quality of native vegetation and restore the chain of regeneration.

The experience in Yellowstone of the reintroduction of wolves has begun not only improvements in their own habitat, but in other habitats across the world, including the Flinders Ranges. The principle of the importance of reintroduction of a top order predator to degraded ecosystems underpins the quoll project in the Flinders Ranges: for ‘wolves’ read ‘quolls’; for ‘deer’ read ‘rabbits’.

While we do not anticipate such a dramatic impact in arid Australia we already know that our quolls are killing rabbits, and there will no doubt be observable benefits for native vegetation in the next few years.

YouTube: How wolves changed rivers

Want to be a part of bringing back the western quoll? Ongoing funding is still urgently needed to support our Idnya! Please consider donating. http://fame.org.au/donate/quoll

(featured image: A western quoll (chuditch) in enclosure at Caversham Wildlife Park, Western Australia. Date 25 April 2010)

Please proclaim the Great Koala National Park!

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Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, and Assistant Minister for Planning The Hon. Mark Raymond SPEAKMAN, SC MP
Minister for Primary Industries, and Minister for Lands and Water The Hon. Niall BLAIR, MLC
Please proclaim the Great Koala National Park!

Dear Minister Speakman and Minister Blair,

In signing this petition I am writing to express my concern over the alarming decline of koalas in NSW and to pledge my support for the Great Koala National Park. I strongly believe that this park is the best chance we have of securing a future for this iconic species in NSW.

Koala numbers have plummeted by a third in just 20 years and habitat loss, due to land clearing and urban development, has already resulted in koalas disappearing from 75% of their former range.

Populations were under serious threat from land clearing, disease, dog attacks and cars.

The Victorian Government is on the verge of establishing a new national park to protect their faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum. Yet here in New South Wales and across Australia, the koala, our national icon is declining rapidly. Please don’t stand by and watch this happen.

Large  protected areas like the Great Koala National Park remain the single most effective tool for conserving biodiversity worldwide.

The proposed 315,000-hectare national park would protect the Bellingen-Nambucca-Macleay and the Coffs Harbour-Guy Fawkes koala meta-populations. It is estimated the area outlined for protection contains 4500 – or 20 per cent – of NSW’s remaining koalas. The proposal would add about 176,000 hectares of state forest to the existing 140,000 hectare local national parks estate.

Please consider that this new reserve would not only protect two nationally significant koala metapopulations containing 20% of NSW’s remaining wild koalas, but also the many threatened species that share their home, such as the Spotted-Tailed Quoll, Hastings River Mouse and Powerful Owl.

The short-term gains of unsustainable forest logging are far outweighed by the economic, social and biodiversity benefits the new park would bring.

I urge you to commit to creating the Great Koala National Park so that future generations can enjoy koalas in the wild, as we do today.


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People of Fraser Island (K’Gari) And their dingoes

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By Jennifer Parkhurst

A historical and sympathetic perspective of the relationship between the Butchulla First Nations people of Fraser Island and their dingoes, including interviews with Butchulla Elders, historical information, and photos. This is the first book specifically published about the Butchulla Aboriginal people and their companion dog, the dingo.

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Petition: Protect our native waterbirds – Ban duck shooting!

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Please help our native waterbirds by lobbying to put an end to this cruelty and ban recreational duck shooting once and for all.

US ballistics expert and duck shooter, Tom Roster, has shown that at least one in four birds targeted are not killed but wounded (this figure was recognised by Victoria’s Department of Sustainability and Environment)

Shotguns spray hundreds of small pellets, resulting in ducks with fractured or broken legs, or legs shot off entirely, shattered bills, splintered wings, pellets through eyes and gunshot lodged in organs, muscles and tendons. This is grotesque cruelty and wounded birds face a slow, painful death. Rescuers have often seen birds stuffed into shooters’ bags while still alive.

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(image: This wounded protected Eurasian Coot was recovered by rescuers at Lake Murphy on May 17. It was treated by a wildlife carer and released at a sanctuary last weekend. Photo by Kim Wormald)

The opening weekend attracted 14,000 hunters across the state, with 26,000 people authorised to hunt ducks. The government says a survey of the state’s 47,000 licensed game hunters found the industry was worth almost $440 million a year. It seems that even the tiniest creature has economic value, equated in dollars!

Laurie Levy, the campaign director with the Coalition Against Duck Shooting, has been an outspoken critic of the industry. “We had rescuers out every weekend of the duck shooting season,” he said.

Again this year, as well as protected and threatened species, lots of so called ‘game’ birds were saved from the shooters’ guns or recovered by rescuers, either dead or wounded.

Despite the dry and quiet season, 10 illegally shot threatened Freckled Ducks, Blue-billed Ducks and Musk Ducks were recovered by rescuers, as well as Swans, Hoary-headed Grebes, over 20 Eurasian Coot and other protected species.

Previous Labor governments in WA, NSW and Queensland have banned the barbaric activity, yet the Victorian Labor party still supports this grotesque cruelty.

(featured image: Freckled duck, Victoria. During the season, rescuers recovered over 100 dead or wounded waterbirds, including illegally shot threatened species such as Freckled Ducks, Blue-billed Ducks and Musk Ducks, as well as protected Hoary-headed Grebes, Eurasian Coots and a Swan)


Petition: Protect our native waterbirds – Ban duck shooting!

Letter to: Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

Media Release: Land Clearing wrecking our environment

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Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Dear Greg

This week media reports have detailed the Federal Government’s approval for significant clearing of Critically Endangered woodlands in the Hunter Valley and lack of oversight on potentially illegal broad-scale clearing in Cape York, permitted by the former Queensland Government in direct contravention of national environment law.

The Federal Environment Department has just given mining company Coal and Allied the green light to clear 535 hectares of White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland, a Critically Endangered ecological community listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The community has been recognised as Critically Endangered since 2006, primarily due to a decline in geographic distribution, and since that time numerous developments have chipped away at what remains. Permitting a further 535 vital hectares to be cleared for a single project indicates the Government is loath to use its habitat protection powers effectively.

This is a unique and incredibly important ecosystem that has been absolutely smashed by development. More than 93% of the woodlands have been cleared since European settlement, yet the Commonwealth has justified the destruction of a further 535 hectares by requiring a biodiversity offset management plan and vegetation clearance protocols – simply inappropriate measures for Critically Endangered habitats,” said Humane Society International.

Similarly bad news has surfaced in Cape York, where clearing of 33,000 hectares of habitat for the buff-breasted button-quail (the only known Australian bird to have never been photographed in the wild) and at least 17 other threatened species listed under the EPBC Act was permitted in the dying days of the former Queensland Government.

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(image: http://www.magiclunchbox.com/mus_profF/robchild/birds.html)

The EPBC Act is not meant to be used in this farcical way – Maryland Wilson Australian Wildlife Protection Council Inc.