Dead Birds, Tasmanian muttonbirds now: Anyone who see sick or injured wildlife is advised to call the department on RACV Wildlife Connect

Increasing frequency: Hundreds of Tasmanian mutton birds, also known as short-tailed shearwaters, have been found in dead on Port Phillip bay beaches.Increasing frequency: Hundreds of Tasmanian muttonbirds, also known as  short-tailed shearwaters, have been found in dead on Port Phillip bay beaches.  Photo: Jason South

Muttonbirds are dying in their thousands nearly every year and much more  frequently than ever before, washing up on the coast from Coffs Harbour to  Tasmania.

On South Melbourne and Port Melbourne beaches on Wednesday beach cleaning  contractor David Martinez picked up more than 150 short-tailed shearwater birds,  a species of muttonbird. One day last week, he picked up a similar number.

At Lord Howe Island this month, 200 shearwater birds washed up for the first  time in many years, Monash University seabird biologist  Jennifer Lavers said.  These deaths en masse, known as “wrecks”, have been reported along the coast  from Coffs Harbour to Tasmania, she said.

The short-tailed shearwater birds migrate 10,000 kilometres from the Bering  Sea, between Alaska and Japan, to Australian shores in late September to nest.  Dr Lavers said they have eaten little on their journey and are exhausted by the  flight.

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She said it was normal for wrecks to occur every 10 years, and this usually  indicated a particularly “poor year” for the birds with storms or no fish  available on arrival. However, major wrecks had occurred every second year since  2007, pointing to a wider problem, she said.

“We need to start asking the question of what is going on in the marine  environment,” Dr Lavers said.

“This isn’t just a hiccough. This isn’t just a freak event. It is not just  that the fish have decided to relocate themselves for one or two years or three  years. This is obviously an indication of a much wider problem.”

Dr Lavers said the birds started washing up on the beach in late September.  By this time, the female birds are often carrying their only egg for the year  and journey to sea to hunt for food with breeding males. Dr Lavers hypothesised  that they may have failed to find fish and this may have contributed to the  deaths.

“You don’t want to lose your adult breeders. It spells trouble for species,”  she said.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries senior biodiversity officer  Mandy Watson said in a statement that the feed available in the northern summer  could affect the birds’ journey as well as storms.

“Stormy weather and strong winds make it difficult for birds if they are  already in poor condition from the long migration and this can be enough to  cause their death,” Ms Watson said.

“It is common for large numbers of short-tailed shearwaters not to make  it.”

Dr Lavers agreed that weather could play a role.

“Heavy winds will do great things to them, but is it just the wind? I would  say no,” she said.

Weather bureau forecaster Andrea Peace confirmed that Melbourne Airport wind  records since 1971 show October had been the equal windiest month on record,  based on average winds. The average wind speed was 23 km/h for the month.

Dr Lavers said there were many bird rescue groups in Melbourne and advised  untrained beachgoers not to touch them. She said that even after a long journey  they were often “feisty” and could leave bloody gashes on hands and arms.

Ms Watson said all native wildlife was protected in Victoria. “Because of the  risk of being bitten or any disease the birds may carry unqualified people  should avoid handling the birds if possible,” she said.

Anyone who sees sick or injured wildlife is advised to call the  department on 136 138 or RACV Wildlife Connect on 13 1111.

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English: Photograph of mild fluorosis. Most no...

English: Photograph of mild fluorosis. Most noticeable on the upper right central incisor (tooth #8) (FDI-schema: 11) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Israel outlaws water Fluoridation

by seeker401 Thank You!

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that water fluoridation in the country must end by 2014, according to news reports. This landmark decision goes even further than legislation by the health minister Yael German earlier in the year that would have ended mandatory fluoridation nationwide, reports the Irish publication Hot Press.

Israel is one of the few countries that widely fluoridates, besides the United States, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.Fluoridation, the addition of fluoride to public drinking water supplies to reduce cavities, is the subject of intense controversy, especially outside of the United States. But opposition to the practice, on the grounds that fluoride has adverse effects on the thyroid, brain and bones, and is an unethical form of mass-medication, appears to be growing.

Israel’s decision to ban fluoridation follows a vote to preclude the practice in Portland, Ore., and Wichita, Kan. It was also recently overturned in Hamilton, the fourth most populous city in New Zealand.



El Gobierno de Australia ha autorizado una campaña de caza sobre 10.000 caballos salvajes con argumentaciones tendenciosas y falsas, como “evitar sufrimiento a los animales”.

Ya hace años que desde FFW luchamos contra estos planes que el gobierno australiano suele implementar en defensa de los ganaderos de la zona. Una de las acciones que FFW llevó a cabo fue la creación del Santuario Bonrook donde, en 50.000 hectáreas de territorio salvaje, conviven más de 1.000 caballos en libertad además de numerosas especies de fauna autóctona.

Ellos están a salvo de las campañas de caza. Pero no así los caballos salvajes que habitan otras zonas de este país. Por eso es necesario dejar claro al Parlamento nuestra oposición a estas matanzas injustificadas y crueles.

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eating animals : the consequences

Animals Australia

Annamaria — please take a day off. You deserve it. Take a day off from worries, from bad hair, traffic jams, and particularly, from annoying TV ads…Speaking of ads — it’s hard not to notice that Meat & Livestock Australia has hijacked Australia Day! Strewth — any visiting tourist would think that Sam Kekovich is the father of Australia and that it’s a local tradition to lob a little lamb on the barbie to prove how Australian you are! Crikey — it’s just a multimillion dollar marketing campaign to sell more lamb!

We thought Straya (‘Australia’ for our overseas friends) was all about a fair go for all; about sticking up for the undersheepdog; and above all, about looking out for our mates (four legged mates included of course).

Help us take back Australia Day in the true Aussie spirit — a day when EVERYONE deserves a day off…

This Australia Day, EVERYONE deserves a day off!

Okay, so we’re ‘taking the piss’ (a bit). But really, MLA’s campaign to urge Aussies to eat more animals should be no laughing matter. Apart from the fact that lambs are so super cute, Australians are facing a rising obesity and heart disease epidemic — conditions linked to the over consumption of animal products. Our planet’s health is suffering too. This month we sweltered through the hottest day on record — all the while our pollies conveniently ignored the fact that farming animals for food is creating more climate-warming greenhouse gasses than all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles combined.

It’s enough to send you bonkers!

So this Australia Day, we’re calling on all true-blue Aussies to help animals, our health, and our planet — by throwing some cruelty-free tucker on the barbie. Because being Australian is more than just abbreviating all your words with the letter ‘o’. Bloody oath. It’s about taking a stand. Doing what’s right. And hosting a BBQ that will be the envy of all your neighbours. Click here and we’ll show you how!

Whatever you get up to on your day off, we wish you a happy, safe, rip-snorter of a day.

Cheers, from your mates at Animals Australia.

P.S. We need your help to spread the word that animals deserve a day off too. It’s easy. Tell your folks. Tell your mates. Share this funny video on Facebook and Twitter. Forget John Farnham — this year, YOU’RE the voice!


English: Glenugie Peak with Eastern Grey Kangaroos

English: Glenugie Peak with Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Aussie Shame: 4 Million Kangaroos Slaughtered Down Under Per Year.With no humane standards or accountability, kangaroos often die painful, protracted deaths.

 By Jocelyn HeaneyMay 30, 2012Comment.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos are highly adaptable and the most common kangaroos encountered in Australia.

Australia’s Nine News reports that the unregulated Australian kangaroo industry involves untrained farmers and landowners slaughtering a reported 90 million—yes, 90 million!—kangaroos over the past two decades. Like harp seals, of which 300,000 are slaughtered per year in Canada, kangaroos often suffer violent prolonged deaths. A common scenario involves shooting the kangaroo mothers, ripping the baby kangaroos (“joeys”) from their pouches, and stomping on the babies’ heads. … Please,  read whole article there!

Please, note: We wrote a petition unto EU-Parliament to ban Kangaroo-Meat in the whole EU. With us in Europe meat of poor kangaroos are sold as Dog-Food, too.

CDC Warned Residents in Katherine/Australia to Stay Away from Fruit Bats

 March 2012 Last updated at 05:34 GMT

Please, read the whole important story there:

 Hundreds of thousands of fruit bats like these arrived in the town in late February
Continue reading the main story A town in northern Australia has been invaded by more than 250,000 bats, prompting warnings of a potentially fatal disease related to rabies.

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) warned residents in Katherine to stay away from the fruit bats, which could carry the Australian Bat Lyssavirus.

The disease can be transmitted to people if they are bitten or scratched.

Authorities have closed down the main sports ground in the town 300 km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory.

PM: Push for Law Change to Track Japan Whalers & Japanese Harpoon Ship in Whale Haven

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PRESS MIRROR (Jan 12, 2012)

Posted: 12 Jan 2012 01:07 PM PST

Push for law change to track Japan whalers


Australia’s environment protection laws could be changed within weeks to require federal surveillance of Japan’s whaling ships in the Southern Ocean.

Australian Greens leader Bob Brown has proposed a simple amendment to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, requiring a patrol vessel to monitor the activities of foreign whaling in the Australian Whale Sanctuary in Antarctic waters …

The Canberra Times – 13 Jan, 2012 04:00 AM…


Japanese harpoon ship in whale haven

A Japanese whaling ship that infuriated the Federal Government when it intruded into Australian waters in the Southern Ocean has moved on, but is still in seas declared as a haven for whales.

Harpoon ship the Yushin Maru 3 sparked a diplomatic row this week when it tailed Sea Shepherd ship the Bob Barker into waters around Macquarie Island, halfway between Tasmania and Antarctica …

The West Australian – Updated January 13, 2012, 3:55 am…

Now in German Language: Löwen verkauft: Aus dem Zoo vor die Flinte!


Löwen verkauft : Aus dem Zoo vor die Flinte



Ein deutscher Zoo hat Löwen nach Südafrika an eine Farm verkauft – dort darf man Raubtiere schießen. Tierschützer bezweifeln, dass die Tiere dort sicher sind.


Drei Löwen aus dem Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen wurden 2009 nach Südafrika an eine Jagdfarm verkauft. Die Tierschutzorganisation „Vier Pfoten“ bezweifelt, dass die Tiere dort sicher sind. Die Raubkatzen wurden in der RTL-Sendung „Punkt 12“ in der Lechwe Lodge, etwa 200 Kilometer westlich von Johannesburg, lebend aufgespürt. Auf der Farm werden Trophäenjagden angeboten, bei der unerfahrene Jäger in Begleitung von Profis auf Tiere schießen können.

Ob auch die drei Löwen aus dem deutschen Zoo zum Abschuss freigegeben werden, ist unklar. Der Besitzer des Serengeti-Parks Hodenhagen, Fabrizio Sepe, erklärt, er habe die Tiere an einen Händler verkauft.


„Rein rechtlich ist das ein Besitzerwechsel, der Händler kann mit den Tieren machen, was er möchte.“ Das Bundesamt für Naturschutz habe mit dem Ministerium in Südafrika Rücksprache gehalten und es sei Sepe versichert worden, dass die Tiere nur zu Foto-Safari- und Zuchtzwecken genutzt würden. Löwen werden in Südafrika extra zur Jagd gezüchtet und dann oft beim „Canned Hunting“ getötet, einer Gatterjagd in abgesperrten Gebieten. „Die Lechwe Lodge besitzt jedoch keine Genehmigung, Tiere bedrohter Arten und Großkatzen abzuschießen“, sagt Sepe. Tierschützer halten dies für eine Ausrede. „Selbst wenn die Löwen aus Deutschland nur zur Zucht verwendet werden, macht der Serengeti-Park sich indirekt die Hände schmutzig. Zumindest die Nachkommen werden höchstwahrscheinlich zur Jagd freigegeben werden“, sagt Thomas Pietsch von „Vier Pfoten“. Auch müssten die Löwen nicht auf dem Gebiet der Farm gejagt werden. „Sie können einfach woanders hingebracht und dann dort geschossen werden.“

Das Geschäft mit der Trophäenjagd floriert in Südafrika. Im Jahr 2008 gab es laut „Vier Pfoten“ 4000 Löwen auf Zuchtfarmen, mehr als 1000 Exemplare seien geschossen worden. Aber warum werden dann Tiere aus dem Ausland importiert?

„Die Farmen in Südafrika brauchen frisches Blut, sonst kommt es irgendwann zu Inzucht“, erklärt der Tierschützer. Außerdem seien Löwen aus Zoos begehrt, da sie oft kostbare Merkmale aufwiesen. „Die Tiere aus Hodenhagen haben eine prächtige schwarze und ausgeprägte Mähne. Das steigert den Trophäenwert der Tiere.“ Rechtlich können Löwen frei gehandelt werden. Löwen sind nach dem Washingtoner Artenschutzübereinkommen gefährdete, aber nicht bedrohte Tiere. Daniela Freyer von Pro Wildlife spricht von einer rechtlichen Lücke und fordert Konsequenzen. „Die deutschen Behörden müssten da recherchieren. Wenn Tiere aus deutschen Zoos verkauft werden, besteht ein Risiko, dass sie oder ihre Nachfahren für den Abschuss bestimmt sind.“


Australia bracing for whale baby boom

Australia bracing for whale baby boom

by Staff Writers Sydney (AFP) Sept 23, 2011

More baby whales are expected to migrate down Australia’s east coast than have been seen in 50 years after indications of a bumper birthing season, wildlife experts said Friday. The National Parks and Wildlife Service in New South Wales state said a large number of whales with newborn calves were set to swim past Sydney towards the cooler waters of Antarctica between September and November. More than 1,000 whales were spotted passing Sydney’s Cape Solander in June alone as the creatures made their way up to the warmer northern waters of Queensland state to breed. Ross said volunteer whale spotters at Sydney’s Botany Bay logged a 17 percent increase in whales migrating north, while whale-watching vessels were noting more calves making the trip back south. “Certainly the indications are that we saw more whales at Cape Solander this year than in previous years. And that certainly augurs well for a good reproductive season,” the service’s Geoff Ross said. “And we are getting a lot of anecdotal reports from skippers and our own staff in the field that there are lots of baby whales out there.” Ross said the numbers of humpback and southern right whales visiting waters off Australia’s east coast were gradually growing back to levels not seen since the end of commercial whaling in New South Wales in the 1960s. “What we are seeing is the result of a growing population of humpbacks and southern right whales,” Ross said. “So it’s taken a long time for the humpbacks on the east coast to recover. The east coast humpbacks were heavily hunted. Humpbacks were hunted to very, very low levels, southern rights almost to the point of extinction. “Gradually, over the years, those numbers are starting to claw back.” Ross, who praised state and federal government conservation work in protecting the massive creatures, said the baby humpbacks would typically be five to six metres (16 to 20 feet) long and weigh 20 to 30 tonnes.