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Necropsy Report- Horrific death of a Genetically important Fraser Island Dingo

Letter from Australian Wildlife Protection Council to RSPCA: "We seek your help to insist that appropriate action be taken against the perpetrators of cruelty committed vs a Fraser Island Dingo. Freedom of Information reveals Dingo Necropsy Report of a cruel horrific death on a healthy male dingo. This cruelty has been dismissed. The tragedy was entirely preventable and is this not what the RSPCA is all about? Prevention of Cruelty to Animals?" Thanks to the Habitat Advocate for the photograph.

March 30 3012

Dear Ms Neil, Dr Hugh Wirth, Dr Ian Gunn, Shadow Environment Minister Greg Hunt and all others,

We seek your help to insist that appropriate action be taken against the perpetrators of cruelty committed vs a Fraser Island Dingo. Freedom of Information reveals Dingo Necropsy Report of a cruel horrific death on a healthy male dingo. This cruelty has been dismissed. The tragedy was entirely preventable and is this not what the RSPCA is all about? Prevention of Cruelty to Animals? My list is incomplete but will call on others.

This dingo was trapped causing it extreme stress and trauma and muzzled, preventing essential panting reflex.

* The dingo was further restrained by a tight loop and pole around his neck.
* The dingo was suffocated and panicked by a blanket over his head.
* These actions effectively strangled the poor dingo, causing its untimely, unnecessary death. The use of a muzzle on a restrained canid, in heat, is avoided for reasons shown – dingo cannot pant and dies.
* Do you know of any other research project that would such use an antiquated method in the year 2012
* Usually animals caught in a trap are sedated, then examined so their metabolism can be controlled.

This tragic incident should be widely reported to Animal Welfare /Ethics Committees, those that would sit in at DERM or at UQ depending on who was overseeing the research and they all should be further investigated.

This hapless dingo died in the care of DERM Rangers who say they have carried out the procedure a thousand times. But they failed to monitor the metabolism of the dingo, and caused its death in panic. Control by rangers from the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) and by manager [name withheld], and those involved in this dingo’s horrific death, epitomize a total lack of empathy and humane training.

DERM stated they have trapped 1,000 dingoes, but there are reported less than 100 dingoes on Fraser Island which means that these poorly managed Dingoes suffer multiple trappings. (FOI and RTI under the 2009 Act). The death of this poor dingo demonstrates unequivocally, animal negligence and blatant cruelty.

It is incomprehensible that [name withheld] / DERM failed to protect this genetically important dingo.

This is, on its’ own, a serious crime. Dr Ian Gunn. Veterinary Professor and Senior Research Fellow stated that in all his years of experience as a Vet, Researcher and Lecturer this was the worst case of cruelty he had seen. The research started before the proposal was approved; this alone, is a serious breach of the law and should be thoroughly investigated. We ask that you seek justice for this dingo who suffered the most terrible death.

Yours faithfully

Maryland Wilson President
Australian Wildlife Protection Council (AWPC)

CC to:
Philip Woolley UK AWPC Executive International; Dr Hugh Wirth RSPCA Australia
Dr Ian Gunn Veterinary Professor Senior Research Fellow
Shadow Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt


The dingo went through a "horror" death and a terrifying ordeal as the noose-bound animal struggled so intensely to breathe that it tore the muscles of its ribs and chest wall. This happened under the ministerial responsibility of then Environment Minister Kate Jones.
The fatal experiment did not have ethics approval at the time, but Save Fraser Island Dingoes vice-president Jennifer Parkhurst says the QPWS had not been able to produce the document even in August. The SFID representatives have no assurances that the dingoes did not suffer from QPWS trapping methods.
The dingo was snared by DERM officers using a pole noose after being caught in a leg trap.
Officials predictably have dismissed the death as an "isolated incident".
The animal suffered extensive bruising, particularly around the throat and genitals, as well as haemorrhaging to the thorax, limbs, neck, eye and lumbar spine region. Ranger Linda Behrendorff expressed anger at claims of dingo mistreatment. This is not about responsible care of a precious and threatened native animal, but a cruel managed extinction. They are considered no more than a pest to be "managed" to eliminate them as a threat to Fraser Island tourism, and dismissed as not really a "native" animal.
'Around one thousand dingoes have been trapped on Fraser Island since 2001. This work includes the ear-tagging program as well as the current satellite tracking component of the population study," DERM regional manager Mr Belcher said.
Department of Environment and Resource Management has been called upon to answer a range of concerns. NDPRP vice-president and veterinarian Dr Ian Gunn claims there is evidence to suggest collars were fitted to the island dingo population in May last year, three to four months before approval was granted by the DERM animal ethics research committee.
New Premier elect Campbell Newman has promised to set up an immediate independent scientific peer review of the Fraser Island dingo management strategy in the first 100 days of his new LNP government.

A lot of harm is caused by tourism in Fraser Island. This could be reduced considerably if vehicles were banned in Fraser Island. Fraser Island is supposed to be a wilderness area. It kind of defeats the purpose if people use its beaches as a highway. Without vehicles most tourists would stay close to settlement areas and their impact would be reduced considerably. Although there is a well entrenched 4wd tourism industry there now. The government should have nipped that in the bud years ago.

Fraser Island world heritage is 4WD world heritage - the labelling serves the 4WD and their bevan cohorts.

Ask Queensland Tourism - they have invested taxpayer millions in upgrading 4WD world heritage facilities on Fraser Island, but bugger all for the island environment, yet shot heaps of growling dingos in the process. It was only a matter of time before Maccas and Mirvac condos rocked up under Captain Anna Bligh.

Test will be under the new Liberal lot.

Suggan Buggan
Snowy River Region

An increase in aggressive dingo behaviour in the lead-up to the Easter long weekend has prompted warnings to Fraser Island campers to take proper precautions. Mr Belcher, manager of Queensland's Parks and Wildlife Services said the last few weeks had seen incidents of "aggressive" from dingoes and visitors were urged to take particular caution this Easter holidays. Maybe they are just hungry?

Mr Belcher said it was illegal to feed dingoes and leaving food exposed was an offence that attracted on-the-spot fines of $300, or court penalties of up to $4000. Wildlife photographer Jennifer Parkhurst got a hefty fine of not the max $4000 but $40,000 for "feeding dingoes".

This abnormal fine was not for feeding dingoes, starving due to lack of food, but for exposing the internal corruption of the cruel management being imposed. It's really a managed extinction process so that tourists will have free reign without the threat of any dingo encounters.

See Dingo warning for Fraser Island of 5 Apr 12 by Skye Davidson