Dugong al­ready off-lim­its

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.