The ecological damage we have inflicted upon this country to date is inexcusable. What is even more inexcusable is what we allow to happen today in a ‘modern’ Australia. Australia is known for its uniqueness.
It is this natural uniqueness that has been systematically destroyed since first settlement. The introduction of plants and animals has drastically changed the Australian landscape and consequently the history of many of our most treasured species. Australia now has the highest rate of animal extinctions in the world. A third of the global mammalian extinctions in the last 400 years have occurred on our own soil. This has been largely attributed to the introduction of foreign species.
In addition to land clearing, the problematic boom in meso-predators (smaller predators) and herbivores (native and introduced), has also been attributed to the noticeable absence of the dingo; a native apex predator. Comparable to the lions in Africa and the sharks in the ocean, dingoes are at the top of the Australian food chain. Humans have killed dingoes in large numbers. This killing has been rationalised as a way to protect livestock, humans, and to keep dingo numbers ‘under control’. Dingoes have even by branded as ‘wild dogs’, implying that they are not part of the native landscape and therefore should be destroyed.
Numerous studies conducted have found that dingoes are actually a keystone species, an integral component of the ecosystem.
Coast to coast today the dingo is persecuted 365 days a year with no rest because they have no federal or state protection, so they are shot, trapped, and die excruciatingly slow and torturous deaths from 1080 baits dropped nationwide (including national parks).
We should not want to have explain to future generations why we remained idle and did nothing when we knew the facts. This unacceptable ecocide must end. The national day of action for dingoes is October 25.
Let’s ensure all dingoes receive the national protection they deserve by sending an email demanding they be protected as a native species to our environment minister [email protected].
Zac Forster, Pottsville