Protest to save Fraser dingoes
A CROWD of about 100 chanting protesters from the Gympie, Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast regions marched at Brisbane’s Parliament House at the weekend in a bid to to save the Fraser Island dingoes. Protesters travelled by chartered bus and private vehicles to Roma Street, where they assembled for the march.
They included Rainbow Beach dingo campaigner and wildlife photographer Jennifer Parkhurst, who is currently facing multiple charges of allegedly interfering with and feeding dingoes.
Her supporters say the animals are being starved by government policies which keep them from beach-feeding areas and prevent any scavenging of human refuse.
They were backed by leading Australian canine geneticist Alan Wilton, whose research proved that 80 per cent of Australia’ dingoes are cross bred with domestic dogs, leaving Fraser Island as one of the last genetic reservoirs of the Australian wolf species.
Brisbane indigenous elder Alec Davidson and didgeridoo player Sam Catalano, who flew in from Newcastle for the occasion, welcomed the demonstrators.
They also included Fraser Island’s Butchilla elder Marie Wilkinson, indigenous dingo advocate Eve Fesl, MPs Ted Sorenson and Glen Elmes, Australian Wildlife Association president Pat O’Brien and Animal Liberation’s Mark Pearson.