Delay in autopsy on F.I. dingo
SUSTAINABILITY Minister Kate Jones late on Thursday had not yet released an autopsy report on the claimed starvation death of a Fraser Island dingo.
Dingo advocates have claimed island dingoes, among the last pure strains of the world’s oldest dog breed, are starving as a result of deliberate policy.
It is a stance denied by Ms Jones and the RSPCA, which claims the dingoes are wild and are therefore not owed any duty of care – even though they were introduced to the island thousands of years ago and have interacted routinely with people for most of that time.
Pictures of clearly malnourished dingoes, already published in The Gympie Times, have not moved the RSPCA or Ms Jones, who said she has not seen photos proving any starvation deaths.
But lifetime Eurong resident Judi Daniel produced the picture, above, of a dingo found dead last Saturday and previously observed to be emaciated.
Ms Jones told ABC Radio she had ordered an autopsy and wildlife advocate Karin Kilpatrick (of the group, Save the Fraser Island Dingoes) said on Tuesday she expected the results on Wednesday.
“It’s heartbreaking to see that cashed-up ignorant tourists are more important than wildlife that have been here for thousands of years,” Ms Daniel said this week.