Bush wallaby attacked at Belongil Beach

Lindy Stacker, Binna Burra, Northern Rivers Wildlife Carer

Thank you for bringing to the attention of your readers the importance of responsible dog ‘ownership’. Like many of my friends I was appalled and saddened to read that companion dog ‘owners’, could simply just let their dogs run wild on a beautiful family friendly beach.

Steve Medcalf deserves an Order of Australia Award for his selfless valiant efforts. What a guy and how lucky our Shire is to have such a compassionate and courageous man. Without his determined efforts this mega stressed wallaby would have died.

It is incumbent on pet ‘owners’ to keep their dogs on leads and keep their pets in at night. This is the LEAST we can all do considering we have historically treated our precious wildlife with such arrogance and contempt. We have stolen THEIR habitat , poisoned, baited ,erected barbed wire fences and generally persecuted them to the point where ALL of our wildlife is endangered because of our behaviour.

Having said this I feel very blessed to be apart of THIS community as overall people are very switched on, caring and kind. The destruction of our fellow sentient beings, who have survived for millions of years before our appearance breaks my heart. They ask for so little and we demand sooooooooo much.

One response to “Bush wallaby attacked at Belongil Beach”

  1. Another brick in the wall says:

    This kind of histrionic commentary now so common in Byron Shire really fails to show any understanding of the situation. There are very few areas where people can let their dogs run and the dog beach is one. You will find that by law on certain sections of the beach below the high tide line dog owners can let their dogs off the lead to run. This incident, although unfortunate, was a very rare example of wrong place, wrong time. Bush wallabies on a small stretch of beach frequented by canines all day everyday. Very unusual. We, being humans includes you. I’m sure you drive a car, hopefully work, live in Byron Shire and now doubt enjoy all of the benefits that come with Western civilization in this beautiful place. Do you eat? If you do then everything must be grown in your garden or found within a walk / cycle ride of your residence?
    It is a shame that our town has become populated by people who consider themselves somehow superior and possibly enlightened yet can still spend the time to write this sort of inflammatory and juvenile trite. It’s a dog beach, it is tiny, dogs will be dogs and I suspect the owners did nothing illegal. Neither did the wallaby. The dogs followed a genetic programme. Hard to control. Death to all
    domestic dogs hey?? I will have to assume that you will no longer drive your car anywhere due the huge number of native animals killed daily on our roads. Gosh, those bloody humans and their metal machines driving on their toxic arteries. When will it stop!?! Based on this surely the only way forward with any concious is for you to leave these shores out of disgust as a statement that Australia has been destroyed the non indigenous folk who live here. If not, relax, it was an unfortunate event that was an accident and nothing more and I would recommend that next time you head to beach avoid the 2.5 Kms between Belongil and Broken Head allowed for dogs and their owners because like cars, chemicals and overpopulated coastal towns, they are here to stay.

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