Dingo activists let down

THE National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program (NDPRP) has expressed its disappointment at the Queensland Government’s prosecution of wildlife photographer, Jennifer Parkhurst, for her study of the dingoes on Fraser Island.

Ms Parkhurst received a nine-month suspended jail sentence and a fine of $40,000 in the Maryborough Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

“It is extremely disappointing that the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management and the Queensland Minister for the Environment, Kate Jones, have adopted such a punitive approach to this matter. It could have been resolved in a more conciliatory manner,” NDPRP President, Dr Ian Gunn said.

Commenting on the high quality of Ms Parkhurst’s documentary material on the Fraser Island dingoes, some of which was used as evidence against her, Dr Gunn said he had no doubt the documentary would have been the best on Australian dingoes yet.

“It is a great loss to all Australians that this will now likely not eventuate.”

Gympie Times

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