Wild about pet roos

Man up­set after kan­ga­roos con­fis­cated by rangers

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MIKE DERRY

AN AP­PLE Tree Creek man is plan­ning to take fur­ther ac­tion after five pet kan­ga­roos were con­fis­cated from his prop­erty.

Colin Candy said Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice rangers came to his prop­erty at 7.30am last Wed­nes­day with a war­rant to take his pets.

“It took them five hours to catch the kan­ga­roos be­cause I wouldn’t help them,” he said.

Mr Candy said the kan­ga­roos had been on his prop­erty since July 2009.

“I don’t know what the rea­son was for tak­ing them away. I was just keep­ing them as pets.”

Mr Candy said he wanted the law changed so any­body

Colin Candy, of Ap­ple Tree Creek

I want to make it so peo­ple can keep na­tive an­i­mals as pets.

who found an in­jured an­i­mal could take it home and look after it.

“I want to make it so peo­ple can keep na­tive an­i­mals as pets,” he said.

Mr Candy said he planned to write to the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment and Premier Camp­bell New­man to ask for his kan­ga­roos back.

“They were in a good home here,” he said.

“The chances are they’ll die be­cause they stress when they don’t have peo­ple they’re fa­mil­iar with around them.”

Mr Candy said kan­ga­roos were slaugh­tered by the thou­sands in farm­ers’ pad­docks, but he couldn’t keep some as pets.

“They don’t bark, they don’t an­noy the neigh­bours, and they don’t bite peo­ple,” he said.

Mr Candy has a his­tory of clashes with the au­thor­i­ties over his bid to keep pet kan­ga­roos.

Last year he failed in a High Court bid to re­verse a Court of Ap­peal rul­ing over a pet kan­ga­roo taken from his prop­erty.

An En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion spokesman con­firmed of­fi­cers had re­moved five red kan­ga­roos from a prop­erty near Childers.

He said the depart­ment al­leged the kan­ga­roos were be­ing kept in con­tra­ven­tion of the Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Act 1992.

“Un­der the act, mem­bers of the pub­lic can be ap­proved wildlife han­dlers, car­ers and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tors, but there is no pro­vi­sion for tak­ing or keep­ing kan­ga­roos or wal­la­bies with a view to do­mes­ti­cat­ing them,” he said.

“The kan­ga­roos will be as­sessed with a view to re­leas­ing them back into the wild at a suit­able lo­ca­tion if pos­si­ble.”

He said the max­i­mum penalty for the unau­tho­rised keep­ing of kan­ga­roos was $133,850.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

BAT­TLE LINES DRAWN: Colin Candy be­lieves he should be able to keep pet kan­ga­roos at his Ap­ple Tree Creek prop­erty.

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