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Whistleblower’s conviction overturned

Chris Klootwijk’s response to his acquittal: “It’s great! I’ve been promoted from ‘crim’ to ‘pest’.” ACT failed to have valid license to shoot wildlife Court report by Frankie Seymour The ACT Supreme Court has overturned, on appeal, the conviction of a man for ‘hindering a government official’ by blowing a whistle during the

SLOW DOWN, you move too fast

Winter time more wildlife – kangaroos, wombats on the verges From Wildcare Queanbeyan Those of us who drive in rural areas know only too well that winter has arrived – not because it’s getting colder, but because we are seeing many more kangaroos, wombats and other animals on the roads. Daylight saving

Kangaroos and biodiversity

Dateline July 2010: Anatomy of a book banning: how ACT government reacted hysterically to report that kangaroos are part of biodiversity From the Bulletin archive. Robin Tennant-Wood takes up the story after this excerpt from the July 2010 Bulletin “Native herbivores such as kangaroos and wombats play a vital role in

Verdict in cull whistleblower case

Verdict against Chris Klootwijk raises more questions than it answers regarding legality of ACT crackdown on cull protesters. Seen here, Klootwijk points to shooter vehicle damage to the sensitive ACT grasslands. Appeal on horizon Chris Klootwijk, who was convicted on one of two counts of hindering two public officials (a ranger and

California urged to keep ban on kangaroo skins and meat

Australian researchers, specialist macropod scientists and other citizens have lined up with United States animal welfare organisations and US citizens to convince the California state legislature not to scrap a ban on the import of kangaroo products. They have presented scientific, cruelty and meat contamination evidence against the trade. California lawmakers

Kangaroo Protectors Diary 2015

‘Mum’s army’ standing up to government power On various Canberra reserves during the ACT government kangaroo killing program (now in its 5th year) citizens have been engaging in monitoring and/or civil disobedience, risking heavy fines and drawing public slander from government officials. For some the objective is to bear witness and

Kangaroo Mythology

Recent discussion in the rural residential zone shows that even people well-disposed to our resident wildlife may subscribe to some unexamined myths and assumptions about Eastern Grey Kangaroos. One is that kangaroo populations can “explode” and quickly grow to plague proportions. This is a biological impossibility for a species that can