URGENT ACTION NEEDED
There was a report on Adelaide radio this morning that the Belaire Park Country Club has hired a shooter to kill wood ducks.
Laurie (Coalition Against Duck Shooting) has just spoken to Ron, one of the CEOs at the Country Club (who is nervous and aggressive and wouldn't supply his last name). 37 wood ducks have been shot in one day and they intend to continue shooting. The CEO says they have obtained a permit from the South Australian Government, but we say shooting permits are issued too easily and not enough consideration is given to non-lethal alternatives.
This is totally unnecessary and unacceptable. There are non-lethal alternatives and these days most golf clubs live happily with their wildlife.We need hundreds of emails going to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and people phoning Ron, or anyone in management on 08 8278 7534 - and keeping it up for the next two weeks - ringing and/or emailing every day. Please also cc your email to Allan Holmes, CEO of SA Dept. of Environment and Heritage firstname.lastname@example.org
People should not be abusive, but rather point out that there are non-lethal alternatives such as rubber snakes, dogs being walked on leads, radio controlled model planes, etc. which will deter the birds and that the shooting of native waterbirds is not acceptable. Most golfers don't like wildlife being shot and are outraged to learn this is taking place.
Waterbird numbers across eastern Australia over the last 25 years has decreased a staggering 82%. This is caused mainly by drought and climate change. The sad state of the Coorong in South Australia, once a major waterbird breeding area, is a prime example.
The Club has used a supposedly non-lethal chemical in the past that kept the birds off, but they say they can't aford to use it any longer.
As many of you know, Sgt. Beberg's dog "Ratchet" is now home from Iraq and in Minnesota safe and sound. More than 69,000 people signed the petition asking for clemency for the soldier's dogs, with orders of "shoot to kill" and certain death awaiting Ratchet. The AP sent the story to every news agency around the world and it became headline news everywhere. With the eyes of the world watching, the Army finally released the soldier's dog and after a third attempt to transport Ratchet out of iraq, Operation Baghdad Pups finally rescued the dog.
But, our efforts do not end with Ratchet. Many more soldiers are anxiously waiting for their pets to be granted safe passage home to the U.S. Operation Baghdad Pups receives 4-5 requests a week from soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan, asking for safe passage home for their pets.
Our letter and petition to the Department of Defense to appeal their policy against animals and soldiers is now online.
Please take a moment to read the petition and sign it. A letter writing campaign to the DOD is our objective. The Army heard our voices about Ratchet and released him. Now, we must make sure the DOD hears our voices and listens. The policy must be changed. We know far too much about PTSD to ignore this problem.
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Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History PBS, NATURE Sunday, November 5th at 8 p.m. (ET)
Project R&R has told you about some of the amazing individual chimpanzees living at sanctuaries that we support, including Fauna Foundation, Save the Chimps, and Center for Great Apes. Now, meet them for yourself! Tune in November 5th on PBS for Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History – an unprecedented look at the lives of chimpanzees rescued from research and entertainment into sanctuaries.
The film is produced, written, directed, and narrated by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Allison Argo. NEAVS/Project R&R made our extensive research files available throughout the writing and production of this moving and educational film.
Among the film’s highlights are Fauna chimpanzees Billy Jo and Tom with Gloria Grow, Fauna founder/director and Project R&R honorary chair. Ms. Grow was invited to attend the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles. Gloria noted that “Everyone at NATURE felt the stories of the chimpanzees were so compelling that they wanted to prominently place the film in their line up. It is an honor to have it launch their 25th anniversary season. The chimpanzees are the stars of that film. We are all grateful to NATURE for producing this documentary.”
Want to help? Gather a group of at least 10 people for this special television event and we will send you a mix of complimentary bumper stickers and pins for your guests! Call 1-877-2chimps or email us at email@example.com to find out more.[Photo credit: Billy Jo at Fauna