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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Catastrophic Dog Attack on Low Head Little Penguins

Little Penguin killed by dog, Bicheno foreshore January 2017. Pic: Eric Wohler

BirdLife Tasmania today described the dog attack that killed 58 Little Penguins at
Low Head as “catastrophic”.
“How many more Little Penguins have to be killed by dogs before the Tasmanian
Government acts to protect these vulnerable birds?” asked Dr Eric Woehler,
BirdLife Tasmania Convenor.
This is believed to be the second dog attack on penguins at Low Head this year,
and the fourth or fifth for the year to date around Tasmania.
“It’s an issue that won’t go away until dog owners take responsibility for their
pets’ actions” Dr Woehler added.
“Letting dogs loose at night is asking for trouble, especially in coastal
communities around Tasmania. Tasmania has half the world’s population of Little
Penguins, so it is critical that we protect them and their colonies.”
“The breeding season has just started, and it will take many years and potentially
more than a decade for the colony to recover from the loss of these birds” Dr
Woehler added. “There can be no other word to describe this attack as
catastrophic”.
BirdLife Tasmania supports the DPIPWE call for assistance and urged members
of the community to come forward immediately if they have any information.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact DPIPWE’s
Wildlife Operations Branch on 0427 437 020, PWS on 1300 827 727 or Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.

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  1. William Boeder

    October 18, 2018 at 7:40 am

    The last people to care about our small penguins would be the Liberal State government ministers. These Liberals are too busy dealing with private interests and looking at ways to maximise their expenses while probably making up a few new ones to try a fatten their expense returns.

    The State of Tasmania has no effective regulation authority to keep a check on the Lib/Lab politicos. Notice they are not held to account when some part of our infrastructure goes on the fritz.

    If the matter is of something quite substantial .. well why not a cover-up? How about a claim that this matter is currently under review, or how about as a last resort tag it with a Commercial in Confidence sticker.

    Running this State’s administration is so damn easy that even Liberal party ministers are allowed to have hold of the control levers.

    I am yet to see any citizen benefactor being spoken of in the local State media. One is convinced that any work performed to benefit Tasmanian people would be down-scaled to be sure that no funding or even social benefit would arise.

    Tasmania’s State government is already recognised as the state’s most prolific destructor of wildlife and its habitats.
    This is accomplished by the clear-fell logging employed by the state government arm of the improperly titled Sustainable Tasmanian Timbers (STT) once the former Forestry Tasmania with its own agenda of wildlife species slaughter and habitat destruction.

    Life is tough enough in this state without having to put up with the harm contributed by the state’s Lib/Lab government.

  2. Ted Mead

    October 18, 2018 at 6:48 am

    This abhorrent and condemnable scenario essentially portays where we are at regarding our blinded responsibility and stewardship towards the earth and its finest creatures.

    Irresponsible dog owners have always, and will continue to, disregard the value of all living things unless there is a severe discouragement to do so.

    Even when a human has inflicted malice on these penguin colonies they are only reprimanded with community service orders. These types need education and rehabilitation and should be forced to work in an animal care center, which would most likely impart some level of compassion towards wildlife, and ultimately make them a better person.

    As for those feral perpetrators who display no remorse, some may say if one chooses to live by the knife then they should be prepared to die by the knife.

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