WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP 5-day WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENT PLACEMENT, 4-8 JULY 2011
On day 1, our field trip was a site visit to Callum Brae Nature Reserve. This visit was to check for injured and orphaned kangaroos after the unnecessary killing of our innocent native Eastern Grey Kangaroos-macropods, by the government that they base on a kangaroo management plan that is not based on any scientific evidence. The site visit was also covering animal welfare, conservation, habitat destruction by the government and shooters, and to count the kangaroos.
We counted approximately 5 very scared kangaroos that included one Joey.
We noted the damage caused by the government and shooters vehicles around the site.
There was no damage caused by our native macropods.
We found a Joey that had its limbs ripped apart, and an adult skull, that was shot in the upper jaw.
The student was given a compass.
It is very easy to get lost when looking for injured wildlife, so always make sure you carry a compass, tell someone where you are going, snacks, chocolate is a good energy food, warm clothing in the winter, fully charged mobile phone, and water.
The student was also handed notes throughout the 5 days on ‘FIRST AID/SOME BASIC HINTS ON WILDLIFE, WILDLIFE RELEASE/RESCUE’, ‘KANGAROOS AND DISEASES’, ‘KANGAROO TESTING FOR E. Coli, coliforms, TVC and Salmonella’, ‘Identification, Disease, Treatment, Handling, Diet, Habitat, Housing for Birds’, ‘Snakes Information, Identification, tips, First Aid’, and was given the Nature Reserve names where our innocent native kangaroos were tortured to death, so that she could locate the reserves.
We also dropped in on Domestic Animals Service (DAS) and checked out their 2 after hour’s pens, under the student’s further animal welfare training.
While from April to July 2009, Wildlife Carers Group exposed DAS with their neglect to their after hour’s lock up, it seems that not much improvement has occurred, with only one padlock provided to lock one pen, that was very difficult to adjust into place and lock.
We found drops of either blood or diarrhoea on the concrete, with the large bucket for water still being used, which small dogs cannot drink out of. The other pen, had a container, but no water in it. One bed liner was thrown over the wired enclosure. Only one padlock was provided for one after hours lock up, to avoid more than one dog from being placed into the same after hours lock up, to avoid the dogs from injuring and/or killing each other.
Days 2 and 4 Kangaroo Meat Testing, Process and results click on this link, then click on the black underlined inscription above the photo of the student and the microscope for the full report: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/wildlife-carers-group-5-day-work-experience-student-trained-by-nora-preston-checking-contaminated-kangaroo-meat-bought-from-coles-and-woolworths-in-woden-plaza-act-for-pet-and-human-consumption-test-r/?sn=l; http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroos-and-diseases-notes-for-5-day-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l; http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroo-meat-testing-for-e-coli-coliforms-and-tvc-and-salmonella-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l; http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l
On day 3 we returned to DAS, to find a small dog in the after hour’s lock up, with the large bucket of water, that the dog could not get a drink out of. The padlock was not used, putting this dog’s life into danger of having another dog or dogs, placed in the same pen with it.
The bed liner was thrown onto the ground, as seen in the photo below.
Photos taken by NORA PRESTON.
We lifted up the rug, to find that the dried up drops of blood or diarrhoea we found on day 1, 4/7/11, still had not been cleaned up on day 3, 6/7/11.
On 6/7/11, the bowl in the other after hours pen was still empty.
DAS, only one padlock provided. It was extremely hard to get this padlock in place and to lock, after we switched the containers 6/7/11.
DAS after hours lock up, large bucket of water still not replaced with smaller bowls, since 2009 that small dogs cannot reach to drink out of 6/7/11.
DAS after hours lock up, drops of dried up blood or diarrhoea, left from 4/7/11, under the bed liner 6/7/11.
DAS, empty bowl in other after hours lock up 6/7/11.
We took the empty bowl from the empty lock up, and poured water into it from the bucket, we then switched the containers, placing the bowl in the after hours lock up, with the small dog.
DAS, we switched the bowl for the bucket, poured water into it from the bucket. The bed liner is full of urine 6/7/11.
After we switched the bowls, I finally got the padlock to lock, with a lot of difficulty, to prevent this dog from having another dog or dogs, placed in the same after hour’s pen with it.
Das after hours holding pen
We then dropped in on the rspca and found a number of dogs and all the rabbits living in their faeces in the rspca pens.
rspca dogs living in faeces in their pens. I only took one photo of one dog pen.
On day 5 we visited the Canberra Reptile Centre, identifying the reptiles, where the student chose to handle a blue tongue lizard.
Calls were also taken for wildlife.
End of 5-day Work Experience Student (WES) holding her framed certificate for completion of her work experience, m/ship card and compass.
WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2009/2010.
WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2011.
There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.
Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.
Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.
Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.
NORA PRESTON (began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80’s.)
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You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us www.gopetition.com/petitions/save–all–the-kangaroos.html.
In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.
This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.
Please check out this link http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, which was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, which completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands that was sent to Maxine cooper, that were also ignored.
The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.
Please click on this link