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Rodeo cruelty continues...

Rodeo cruelty continues...

Posted 29 October 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: rodeo, cruelty, investigation, Queensland, Warwick Rodeo

Another Australian rodeo ... another horrible example of animal cruelty. This time the footage is from the Warwick Rodeo in southern Queensland this weekend just been. WARNING: If you love animals you'll find the vid hard to watch.

What you can see is a bull named Buckle Up falling and breaking either his leg or hip. He attempts to stand and walk, dragging his leg and collapsing on it a number of times.

The next 30 minutes(!!) were spent trying to get Buckle Up out of the rodeo ring. Rodeo clowns taunted him; a ute was used; and other bulls were let loose in the ring to shepherd him out - all of this despite his clear distress and awful injury causing him to collapse repeatedly.

After half an hour of prolonged pain, Buckle Up was finally herded onto a truck. In their clumsy and careless efforts to move him, the organisers of the rodeo may have broken more than one section of the Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act. Really though, would rodeos be the first thing to spring into your mind when thinking about "animal care and protection"?

Queensland isn't the only state where rodeos still take place. In fact, every state and territory still allows them (except the ACT...which stands for Anti-Cruelty Territory, right?). If you believe that Australia in 2012 is no place for this kind of cruel treatment of animals, all in the name of entertainment, then join with 1000s of others to make the pledge in saying "NO" to rodeos.

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Turtles and dugongs saved from cruelty!

Turtles and dugongs saved from cruelty!

Posted 20 June 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: turtles, dugongs, sea, queensland, hunting, cruelty, victory!

Some great news for turtles, dugongs and turtle-and-dugong-lovers. Thanks to Animals Australia supporters and other caring Australians these two gentle sea animals are now protected by the same animal cruelty laws that protect other animals in Queensland. That means: no more turtles having flippers cut off whilst still alive and no more dugongs being dragged behind boats until they drown. That's definitely worth shell-ebrating!

This turtle-y awesome news was made possible by the thousands of Animals Australia and Unleashed supporters, just like you who wrote letters and signed petitions to pressure pollies and the inspiring efforts of activists, Colin Riddell, Bob Irwin and Rupert Imhoff, to expose the cruelty. This is yet another example of compassionate Australians speaking up for the voiceless and winning.

Although the legal loophole that allowed for their terrible treatment has been closed, turtles and dugongs still face an uncertain future as their population numbers dwindle. The Liberal National Party in Queensland has taken a positive first step, now you can encourage them to protect turtles and dugongs by putting an end to their hunting altogether.

A thank you message for what they've already done, and a little encouragement to go even further can be sent to the Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh, right ... here!!

Interesting dugong fact: it is believed that ye olde time sailors created the legend of mermaids after sighting dugongs. Maybe ye olde time sailors were wearing eye-patches on both eyes.

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Freedom one week, ninja turtle training the next!

Freedom one week, ninja turtle training the next!

Posted 22 May 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: turtles, sea, pollution, hunting, dugongs, queensland, Gary Gungoo!

I always thought that a turtle's fave thing was finding a strawberry to nom on. But I reckon this turtle north of Townsville would be pretty stoked at the moment, even without a strawberry.

turtle-heron-island.jpg The green sea turtle (who was given the awesome name of "Gary Gungoo") was released back into his sea country after 10 months of rehab north of Townsville. The poor little fella had been found suffering from floating syndrome. This problem occurs when turtles eat the rubbish that people dump into the sea, especially plastics and fishing line. Fortunately, Gary Gungoo was given expert care and is now back in the waters off Queensland. Probably chillin' with Nemo and Dory I'd imagine.

Gary Gungoo (man, I love saying that name) was actually found in an area called Hinchinbrook, where local indigenous groups have stopped hunting turtles. Unfortunately sea turtles and dugongs are still fair game around Queensland, and the cruelty involved is terrible. There's also the worry that hunting is pushing some turtles to the brink of extinction. Who would have thought that these gentle reptiles had it so hard??

Luckily, the new QLD govt has promised to make sure turtles and dugongs are protected by the same cruelty laws as other animals, by the end of their first 100 days in office. They've got about 42 days left to make good on their promise.

turtle-returns-to-sea.JPG It's fantastic to see the traditional owner groups who looked after Gary getting in on the action and leading the way. Hopefully with this kind of compassion it won't be long before Dr. Seuss' Yertle the Turtle becomes fact.

"And the turtles, of course, all the turtles are free.
As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be."

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Helping animals affected by the QLD flood disaster

Helping animals affected by the QLD flood disaster

Posted 12 January 2011   by Karen         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Queensland, floods, wildlife, rescue, donate

Like thousands of people in Queensland today I woke to an eerily quiet and sunny morning. Tragic floods are sweeping the state but today the rain had finally stopped. It was the driest day we'd seen in a week, but that didn't stop the waters from steadily rising and engulfing large parts of Brisbane, Ipswich, and the South-East throughout the day.

Sandbagging is well underway and neighbours are helping to move furniture, valued possessions and other "floatables" to higher ground. The emergency services are doing a great job to ensure residents in flood zones are prepared for when the water arrives. But what about all those animals who don't know what's coming?

At the end of our street the floodwaters had cut off traffic where I found two young boys poking and prodding the helpless critters who were all clambering for safety at the water's edge. I showed them how to rescue these tiny animals and to my delight they took it upon themselves to become a mini rescue team for stranded caterpillars, beetles and other harmless little critters who would all have otherwise drowned! Yes, even the teeniest, tiniest of creatures need our help in times of emergency.

Across town, RSPCA Queensland is doing a great job of looking after displaced cats and dogs, despite their head office at Fairfield being evacuated due to floods! But shelter is scarce and they are appealing for anyone in Brisbane who can foster animals to e-mail [email protected]

Wildlife carers have an even tougher job on their hands caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. But many are struggling to reach flood-affected areas to assess the extent of the devastation. One thing is for certain -- habitats have been destroyed and animals with nowhere to go will need a lot of assistance in the coming months. Animals Australia has donated $1,000 to the emergency wildlife rescue appeal. If you want to donate too, here's the direct link!

If you live in one of the flood-affected areas, please keep the local radio on, and stay safe and dry -- and remember to also look out for our animal friends who need an extra helping hand!

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