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ACTION ALERT - WILDLIFE RESCUERS LOCKED OUT OF VICTORIAN FIRE GROUNDS
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2013, 07:41:09 PM »
 
Australian Society for Kangaroos
'Dedicated to the Victims of the World's Largest Wildlife Massacre'
ACTION ALERT
WILDLIFE RESCUERS LOCKED OUT OF VICTORIAN FIRE GROUNDS

The Victorian government has locked out all wildlife rescue groups from the entire Gippsland fire ground, leaving thousands of native wildlife to die from burns, smoke inhalation and starvation.  The Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment has told local and state volunteer groups that the Gippsland fire ground is closed to all wildlife rescuers and that no rescue, euthanasia or food drops to burnt wildlife is allowed.  It has also been reported that DSE is not allowing their own staff to rescue animals and that when two orphaned joeys were found by DSE staff, they were stopped from from taking them into care.

Local rescue groups were previously given access to the fire ground and saved a badly burnt koala and countless other native animals that were suffering horrific burns from the fast moving 85,000 hectare bush fire in the Gippsland Ranges. However after just a couple of days the Victorian Dept Sustainability and Environment told volunteers that they were not allowed back into the fire ground or any other areas affected by the Gippsland fire, and have provided no logical  reason as to why.  A wildlife volunteer who was called to a Seaton property to rescue multiple burnt and starving animals also reported being abused by DSE officers for euthanaising burnt animals.
 
On this one Seaton property alone, the rescuer found wallabies dying from body and facial burns, and one that that had  gone blind. Several wombats were seen badly burnt and their burrows later infested with maggots. The rescuer reported that surviving kangaroos and wallabies on the Seaton property were in a state of terror, all attempting to escape from her at great speed despite their wounds. One kangaroo was terrified and tried desperately to get away, but fell down with exhaustion (see picture attached). His tail was badly burnt, infested with maggots and irreparably broken. He was  emaciated and would have died a horrific death if he wasn't put to rest by rescuers.
 
The Seaton landowner who called the rescuer has since put out food and water for the wildlife and reported that is was all being eaten by the starving animals who's food source has been destroyed by the fires".
So even if some animals have survived these fires, unless there is a co ordinated effort from the DSE and wildlife groups to rescue and feed these victims, they will die a slow death from their burns, smoke inhalation and starvation.
   
When ASK contacted the RSPCA about our concerns, they said that they were powerless to act  due to recent changes in the  legislation put in place by the Department of Primary Industries.
 
We are extremely suspicious as to what is going on here and why the government is not allowing volunteers to rescue or feed burn victims in Gippsland. We know that the DSE is in the business of issuing permits to kill native wildlife and that they may not want our wildlife or rescue groups gaining public attention. We hope that the DSE  is not carrying out large scale culls of the surviving animals.
 

Wildlife rescuers from the Macedon Rangers Wildlife Network have already been given permission to enter the Kerrie fire ground in central Victoria and saved koalas, kangaroos echidnas and countless other animals that would have died in agony if rescuers didnt get to them. They have reported to ASK that the CFA has been extremely helpful in working with them to save suffering animals. After the 2009 fires that devastated wildlife habitat, everyone worked together to save and feed the fire affected animals. So why isn't this happening in Gippsland now? Why have rescuers been locked out of these fire grounds?
 
Please write to the Victorian Dept Primary Industries  calling for an urgent review of the decision to ban all wildlife rescuers from the Gippsland fire ground, so that burnt, injured and starving animals can be rescued and fed by volunteers. Otherwise we have grave fears that thousands  of animals will die a slow and painful death as victims of these horrific fires.
 

 We are also asking landholders to look out for any surviving animals and provide food in the form of hay and pellets where possible.

 
PLEASE WRITE TO THE                           
   Victorian Minister for Agriculture                                       
   Hon. Peter Walsh
     peter.walsh@parliament.vic.gov.au
     03 9938 5954

   
     
and
 
    Hon Tony Burke
     Federal Minister Environment
    Tony.Burke.MP@environment.gov.au




 
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS CAUSE
Australian Society for Kangaroos
Ph:  0417354408/0410745793
PO Box 524 Castlemaine Vic 3450
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