Dugong already off-limits
IF PEOPLE wish to have whinge and moan about the turtle remains at the Andreassen Rd boat ramp, they should be sending it into the Cairns Post.
This is evidence of people coming from South of Port Douglas to hunt turtle in Kuku Yalanji country. The Kuku Yalanji people also have an issue with this, as not only is it looking bad for them, but these people are hunting in another tribe’s cultural area and it is not allowed.
In Aboriginal culture, a member of another tribe must first seek permission to hunt in neighbouring tribes cultural territories, even today. If Mr Bethune thinks that he and his boat are going to stop the hunting of turtle in this area, then he is sadly mistaken.
He is not dealing with Japanese whalers who are hunting in foreign waters.
This is the country of the custodians: the Kuku Yalanji people and under the Native Title Act, we are well within out rights to hunt our native foods.
Your native foods are in Woolies and Coles full of chemicals and steroids so they have a longer shelve life.
Did I miss the Gazette with the article about the dugong washed up on a beach?
This is the first I have heard about it. How was it killed? What noticeable injuries did it have that may have contributed to its death? Was it obvious that it was hunted or drowned in a net?
What is really frustrating is that you people that call yourselves activists are always blaming the blackfellas for every dugong that washes up on the beach.
We only seem to hear about them washing up when there is something else to complain about.
I don’t know how much clearer this can be said but I will try - Eastern Kuku Yalanji people introduced a moratorium to stop hunting dugong around 15 years ago.
No Yalanji people are allowed to hunt dugong unless the moratorium is lifted by the elders who introduced it.
Wake up people. The only dugongs that have been killed or injured in the last 18 months or so have been a direct result of netters.
But that puts fish on the plates of tourists in your fancy restaurants so we can’t stop that.
Much like the shark nets, that not only stops and kills sharks, but also traps and kills dugong, whales, turtles and dolphins. Yet they are not going to be removed. Stop carrying on with your hypocritical nonsense.
When you fight to stop the ghost netters, drift netters and shark nets, then come back to us. The problem is much larger than indigenous people hunting a few turtle.