Be hu­mane with wild an­i­mals

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - DONNA BRENNAN

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GOOD CARE: Nib­bles the joey.

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