The fine line: Democracy and the abuse of wildlife in Canberra
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Frankie Seymour has been a leader in the animal justice movement in Australia for a very long time. Based in Australia’s capital, Canberra, Frankie’s knowledge about wildlife in Canberra and its all too abundant bureaucracy, which has persecuted the natural world in the most grotesque of ways, is powerful in exposing the injustice to both animals and people in this place.
Frankie Seymour has been a leader in the animal justice movement in Australia for a very long time. Based in Australia’s capital,Canberra, Frankie’s knowledge about wildlife in Canberra and its all too abundant bureaucracy, which has persecuted the natural world in the most grotesque of ways, is powerful in exposing the injustice to both animals and people in this place.
“It is not just the protesters who are out there every night who have to deal with the trauma and distress of this appalling cruelty, it is also the residents. People live in houses on the borders of these reserves where they are shooting and they walk in the reserves every day, except in the shooting season when the reserves are closed at times when people get home from work. They know these animals, they know these mobs, they know these individuals by name”
The ACT has become a leader in developing policies that continue to push the limits of what is being done to Kangaroos, what is ‘lawful’, what levels of cruelty are acceptable and what rates of killing can be tolerated. As elsewhere, numbers are exaggerated and current killing rates are a very long way from sustainable. All of it driven by concocted ideologies and complex reasoning for destroying the native animals that belong in these landscapes, where they have existed for millions of years.
“The people who attempt to protect the wildlife are ignored and demeaned by their politicians. We are ecologists and sociologists, economists and historians. We are lawyers and educators, tradies and shop assistants, hospitality workers, care workers and public servants. Many of us are from farming backgrounds”. Frankie Seymour
Particularly terrible aspects to the treatment of Kangaroos in the ACT include a policy that Kangaroos and their joeys MUST NOT be rescued and rehabilitated if they are injured in the ACT and another, the use of Kangaroo meat as a vector for 1080 poison.
There are very substantial fines for Canberra residents protesting the Kangaroo slaughter on their doorstep and, as in other parts of Australia, the people who care about wildlife have few or no rights.
Hardly democratic conduct.
The clear lack of wildlife corridors between nature parks and reserves (a disgrace) in the Canberra Park system creates road safety issues and the death of a large number of Australian animals across a range of species as they try to cross the major roads intersecting the parks. To add to this, exclusion fencing is now being used to exclude wildlife from significant areas within the nature parks.