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Stop koalas becoming industry casualties

August 2, 2013
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Koalas have become the silent victims of international paper production. ABC’s 7.30 has exposed the maiming and killing of countless koalas on plantations in Victoria and South Australia.

With dwindling natural habitats, some koalas have turned to Blue Gum plantations for refuge. But now, as these plantations are being cut down, an animal welfare disaster is unfolding.

With no apparent plan to relocate the local inhabitants, and without any government monitoring, trees are simply being cut down with animals still in them.

Volunteer wildlife carers are struggling to keep up with the number of casualties — koalas suffering from broken limbs and backs, severed arms and impact wounds. Many more don’t even survive the fall. Witnesses have even described injured koalas still on the felled trees as they are pulled through the shredders.

The Victorian Department for Environment & Primary Industries has admitted that they rely on timber companies to self-report wildlife issues. Yet the international companies that run the plantations continue to deny there’s any problem.

What’s clear is that self-regulation is failing, and stronger protection for wildlife is needed. At a minimum, the detection, capture and relocation of koalas (and other at risk wildlife) needs to occur under government supervision before forest areas are logged.

Koalas urgently need you to be their voice. Please call on the Ministers responsible in Victoria and South Australia to stop the tragic killing of koalas and introduce stronger protection for wildlife.


Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



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on paper our lives
are important to you.
but from paper
our chance to
have lives will be
through.
you cut down our habitats,
where can we go.
we are one of your
icons,
we deserve better,
you know!

signed,
cuddly koalas please don’t cut us down.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

11 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    August 2, 2013 1:04 pm

    on paper our lives
    are important to you.
    but from paper
    our chance to
    have lives will be
    through.
    you cut down our habitats,
    where can we go.
    we are one of your
    icons,
    we deserve better,
    you know!

    signed,
    cuddly koalas please don’t cut us down.

    Like

    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      August 2, 2013 1:16 pm

      Like

    • August 2, 2013 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much, wonderful poet, it’s perfect! (Facebook is being wonky for me today, but as soon as I can get in again, I’ll get the picture!)

      Like

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        August 2, 2013 3:17 pm

        you are welcome and thank you stacey.
        sure hope that one day soon, animals will be safe and free from worry.

        Like

  2. August 2, 2013 3:10 pm

    Fantastic poem Karen! Email sent and signed with hope! Also shared in several places thanks Stacey

    Like

    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      August 2, 2013 3:40 pm

      thank you florence 🙂

      Like

  3. August 5, 2013 1:44 am

    Self-regulation? Yeah right. It’s up to us to regulate what these people do!!

    Like

  4. August 5, 2013 2:34 am

    Signed and shared!! 🙂

    Like

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