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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

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  1. . My name is Warrigal, I am a pure Alpine dingo, I am proud of my kind, and we lived in peace for thousands of years with the black man, why does the white man hate us so.

    My kind has roamed this land for thousands of years, we have lived with the peoples of this land for thousands of years, their children slept with our children, and sometimes our children and theirs shared the same breast for food. We are in their dreamtime stories, the dreamtime stories are the oldest stories ever told by man.
    Our kind kept the evil spirits away from these so called primitive people, these same people believed that they are on this earth to protect it and keep it in a safe and pure environment.
    Then the white man arrived here, they thought that the original inhabitants were so primitive that they didn’t have the right to have children, so they took their children from them, they taught these children that all things they knew before were wrong and they should forget them, they taught them to read what the white man wrote and to only speak the white man’s language and never to talk in their native language again. These same white people wrote back then into their reports on this country that the native inhabitants and the dingo were both sneaky and cunning and thieves and that both should be shot on site.
    We dingoes have lived with the animals and fauna of this great land for thousands of years, so please do not believe the farmers when they says that if they do not KILL ALL of my kind, then we will kill all the other animals on this land, as I say we have lived in this country for thousands of years, but the farmer has been here only a few hundred and he has cleared most of the trees and shrubs to run his sheep, the trees and shrubs the native animals lived in for thousands of years, then he lays poison to kill any living animal (like my kind) that might cause him to lose some profit. These farmers bring in shooters to kill my kind, and any other that may dare to eat the grass his stock feeds on, or kill his stock for food. My kind does not kill for profit, my kind does not kill for enjoyment, my kind kills for food, for our self and our families. My kind does not put babies of any animal into traps so that the babies cry out for their parents to save them, and then shoot the parents when they do come to save their children, and then these heartless shooters kill the babies as well, all for money.
    If they say they don’t do it for the money, then stop paying them and see how many show up, you will get the heartless few who will shoot and kill anything including highway signs, water tanks, and street signs.
    These farmers came to our country, they knew we were here, but still they brought in their sheep to our country, that is like have a room full of Cats and the bring mice to live in the room and expecting the cats not to attack the mice.
    Please Australia and the world, please help us to survive, my kind is being killed in their hundreds each week , it is our country why should we die just so you can make a profit from your sheep, you came here, you knew we were here and now you want us all dead, I deserve to live here in my country, running free without fear with my family as we did for thousands of years, you do not have the right to kill my kind just because you have no heart only a wallet were it should be.
    Now I ask you, who do you think were the primitive people?
    Lastly, why does the government back the farmers and pay these shooters $500 a dingo scalp?
    Find me on Face book see if I look like a killer. https://www.facebook.com/warrigul.murray?ref=tn_tnmn


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