EHP (Parks & Wildlife): Stop the Killing/Culling of 2000 Wallabies in Mission Beach.
  • Petitioned E.H.P - Parks and Wildlife

This petition was delivered to:

EHP State Manager - Mr Mike Devery
E.H.P - Parks and Wildlife

EHP (Parks & Wildlife): Stop the Killing/Culling of 2000 Wallabies in Mission Beach.

    1. Petition by

      The Cassowary Coast Wildlife Shelter

EHP have approved culling permits to shoot and kill 2000 Mission Beach Agile Wallabies. Six hundred (600) were already killed last year as part of an effort to reduce the wallaby population.

As part of the code of practice, when a hunter kills a female wallaby with pouched young, he/she must also kill the joey. The most common methods for killing the young is inhumane (crushing skull with hammer or hitting it against a tree). Female wallabies often have a second joey at foot who she is still feeding. By killing the mother, you are sentencing both the pouched and at foot joeys to death.

Currently, there is a maximum of 500 Agile Wallabies left in Mission Beach and they can only have one (1) Joey per year. Approximately thirty (30) Agile Wallabies are killed on Mission Beach roads and at least five (5) are killed by dogs per week. When more studies are done, we will find that the Mission Beach Agile Wallaby is a separate and new species that is different from its northern cousins. If this population is eliminated through this wave of culling, an entire species will be killed.

To:
E.H.P - Parks and Wildlife, EHP State Manager - Mr Mike Devery
Stop the Killing/Culling of 2000 Wallabies in Mission Beach.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Culling Making Headlines on ABC

      ABC news program aired this on 7 June 2013 and we've been told a shorter version has been re-broadcast recently.

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-07/invading-wallabies-targetted-at-mission-beach/4741644?section=qld

      Invading wallabies targeted at Mission Beach

      Updated June 08, 2013 00:03:00 The community of Mission Beach in north Queensland has been split by shoot-to-kill orders against marauding marsupials. MATT WORDSWORTH: To north Queensland now where the usually laid back community of Mission Beach has been divided by shoot to kill orders against marauding marsupials.

    3. Official Response from the Department of Environment & Heritage Protection

      Here is a link to the Department of Environment & Heritage Protection's official response to our formal inquiry for information regarding the culling of agile wallabies in Mission Beach.
      https://www.facebook.com/ajax/sharer/?s=22&appid=25554907596&p%5B0%5D=100002328074325&p%5B1%5D=465548753532723&profile_id=100002328074325&share_source_type=unknown

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. The Killing Has Started, Wallabies Are Dying

      According to the ABC News website (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-30/mission-beach-wallaby-cull-underway/4659584?section=qld), the culling of Agile Wallabies in Mission Beach has begun.

      To voice your concerns, please contact the Honorable Andrew Powell MP, Minister for Environment & Heritage Protection (formerly Parks & Wildlife) at Environment@ministerial.qld.gov.au. Your prompt actions could save the lives of many innocent wallabies.

      Wildlife Carers, now is the time to unite throughout Australia because this could happen in your community too. We need your support now more than ever. Please send your emails asap.

      International Supporters, please email Mr Powell and tell him that you do not agree with this decision to kill your holiday/potential holiday memories.

      Visit us our Facebook Page for the latest news: https://www.facebook.com/cassowarycoast.wildlifeshelter

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. 24/7 Protest Against Culling

      Yesterday a 24/7 vigil to protest the culling of Mission Beach Agile Wallabies began on Jacky Jacky Street near the Hull River boat ramp. We are determined to do all we can to stop the killing.

      Today we were visited by many members of the public, including representatives from the Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Councillor Alister Pike restated that CCRC does not issue culling permits and that EHP (Department of Environment Heritage and Protection) oversees it. He said he would look into how the Council can help the wildlife.

      Upon the Council's request, we removed Mayor Bill Shannon from this petition. He will no longer receive emails generated when you add your signature, but EHP will continue to receive them.

      For continued updates on this issue, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassowarycoast.wildlifeshelter

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. Reply from Mayor Bill Shannon

      We received the following message from Mayor Bill Shannon in response to the petition:

      Dear Petitioners,

      Thank you for your emails.

      I wish to advise that Cassowary Coast Regional Council does not have responsibility for this matter. Responsibility rests with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

      Regards,

      Cr Bill Shannon
      Mayor
      Cassowary Coast Regional Council

      Mr Bill Shannon
      The Mayor of The Cassowary Coast Regional Council
      Bill.Shannon@ccrc.qld.gov.au

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Decision-maker Mr Bill Shannon responds:

      Mr Bill Shannon

      Dear Petitioners,

      Thank you for your emails.

      I wish to advise that Cassowary Coast Regional Council does not have responsibility for this matter. Responsibility rests with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

      R...


    12. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kay McCullock BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      I am so disgusted and sick and tired of humans murdering animals. Humanity needs a hard and rude wake up call. I hate what humanity has become ! Leave the innocent animals alone... they have more right to be here than we do. Humans are a cancer.

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    • Eddie D'Eduardo De Vivo BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      Stop the killing..it is inhumane

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    • taylah garbellini AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      because its out rages that people actually do this.. grow some balls and don't harm animals.

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    • Jessica Marty TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      wallabies are innocent native animals

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    • Rhoda Mccoll AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      I am an animal carer I rear them not to be shot

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