Boat ramp used as dump­ing ground

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

HUN­TERS are turn­ing a lo­cal boat ramp into a dump­ing ground for butchered tur­tles.

Con­cerned lo­cals con­tacted the Gazette this week to re­port the sight­ing of a butchered turtle which had been dumped at the boat ramp at the end of An­dreassen Rd in Craiglie.

The ramp was stained with blood and a large turtle skull and shell was left in the bushes for flies to feed on.

Lo­cal an­i­mal ac­tivist Corien Aan Het Rot said it is an “ab­so­lute disgrace” and is call­ing for the laws to be changed.

“My is­sue is that tur­tles and dugongs are a pro­tected species,” she said.

“Pro­tected should mean pro­tected - no one should be al­lowed to kill them no mat­ter what colour or re­li­gion a per­son is.

“The cru­elty is just un­real and not even the RSPCA can do any­thing about it.”

The boat ramp is reg­u­larly used by lo­cals but is lo­cated in a re­mote area, ap­prox­i­mately two kilo­me­tres from the Cap­tain Cook High­way and well hid­den by a sug­ar­cane pad­dock.

Just be­side the boat ramp is a camp­ing area where lo­cals have been known to set up a fire and have a few cold beers by the wa­ter’s edge, how­ever this camp is pol­luted by piles of rub­bish and cut up turtle.

An­i­mal ac­tivist Colin Riddell has been work­ing closely along­side Bob Ir­win and LNP can­di­date War­ren Entsch to per­suade the State Gov­ern­ment to pro­tect the en­dan­gered species.

“This is the sought of dis­gust­ing scene that we hope to stop,” he said.

“The cru­elty that was in­flicted on that an­i­mal will hope­fully be­come il­le­gal if the Gov­ern­ment would in­sert the LNP cru­elty laws into the 2011 cru­elty act.”

The group of ac­tivists have been work­ing on chang­ing the laws for al­most two years and will be meet­ing in Cairns to­day to dis­cuss the is­sue fur­ther.

Turfed: a dis­carded turtle head at on the banks of the river and (in­set) empty beer cans left be­hind

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