Boat ramp used as dumping ground
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