Be humane with wild animals
AS A wildlife carer, I find it disconcerting that many people appear to have some type of mental block when it comes to native animals.
If a dog or cat was lying out on the road or in the backyard for a couple of days, then everyone would check.
If the animal was still alive it would be rushed to a vet, or someone contacted immediately.
Native animals can be left dying for days.
Some people will say “it’s nature”.
It’s hardly nature when the animal has been attacked by a cat or dog, or been hit by a car.
Even if injured by another native animal it would still seem humane to have it cared for or euthanised.
Wildlife carers can always be found by an enquiry to a local vet. WILVOS have their 5441 6200 hotline.
This situation is not helped by journalists who refer to our native wildlife species as feral animals.
This past week, on television news, a journalist reported that “farmers needed firearms to control feral animals such as foxes and kangaroos”.
Really, can an Australian journalist be that ignorant? Should he not know a fox is feral and a kangaroo is an Australian native animal?
It is well known that Australia has the disgrace of having the worst mammal extinction rate in the world.
With the amount of habitat destruction happening now, I am in despair for the next 50 years of native animal existence. Every person can help. Plant fruiting, seeding and flowering native plants, not forgetting understory, contain domestic pets and don’t leave cat and dog food out to attract the native reptiles, birds and mammals.
GOOD CARE: Nibbles the joey.