Conservation heavies film ad to stop killing
SEVERAL heavyweights of the conservation movement were in Port Douglas this week to film an advertisement to stop the killing of dugongs and turtles.
Documentary-maker Ben Cropp and conservationist Bob Irwin are spearheading the campaign to introduce a moratorium on the killing of dugongs and turtles until some research is done to determine how many animals are actually out there.
“Ben and I felt it was time to raise awareness to people throughout Australia of this killing spree that is taking place on a daily basis which is just not sustainable,” Mr Irwin said.
“The Government has their head stuck in the sand on this issue and is doing nothing.
“We must raise awareness to people in the capital cities and people throughout Queensland as well as raising funds to help fight this very worthy cause.
“We share this planet with other animals and they have as much right to life as we do.”
The pair have been brought together by Cairns resident Colin Riddell, a former slaughterhouse worker who began this campaign two years ago “to put things right” after his time in the abattoir.
Other members of the team include Rupert Imhoff who has fought on the front- line of conversation when he was a member of the Sea Shepherd team which took on the Japanese on the open ocean in a bid to stop them from killing whales.
Mr Imhoff has also dug deep into his own pocket to help fight this latest battle.
“We all have to do something to stop this as the numbers are being decimated,” he said.
Another heavyweight who has joined the fight is Sue Arnold from the organisation Australia for Animals, which is also the oldest animal care group in the country.
“We simply do not know the numbers out there and so it is madness to allow the hunting to continue until we do have some statistical data,” Ms Arnold said.
“This commercial trade of dugong meat must also be stopped.”
The commercial will be aired in Melbourne and Sydney initially and may go national, depending on the amount of money raised.
Campaign spearhead: conservationist Bob Irwin in Port Douglas on Tuesday