Group fight to change dingo laws

THE Save the Fraser Island Dingoes group is fighting for new dingo management laws on Fraser Island.

Secretary Karin Kilpatrick has said the State Government needs to conduct an urgent wildlife study into dingoes’ natural food sources.

She said many of Fraser’s dingoes were starving and their food sources were running out.

The group, which is a major supporter of wildlife photographer Jennifer Parkhurst who was fined $40,000 for feeding dingoes on Fraser, has hired a legal team to help their cause.

Ms Kilpatrick said the government didn’t agree there was a problem, which had to be acknowledged first of all.

She said the group would keep working to change the strategy and hopefully legislation.

Meanwhile, Parkhurst has vowed she will never feed a dingo again.

Parkhurst said she started feeding dingoes at the insistence of her ex-boyfriend Adam Randall after she saw several dingo pups die of starvation.

Her supporters have described the fine as “excessive” and have set up a fighting fund to help pay off the debt.

Defence barrister Kristy Crabb represented 43-year-old Parkhurst in Maryborough Magistrates Court.

Parkhurst pleaded guilty to 46 charges of feeding and interfering with the animals and was sentenced to a nine month wholly suspended jail term in addition to the fine.

Ms Kilpatrick has agreed the penalty was harsh but said she was “very happy” Ms Parkhurst didn’t get sent to jail.

“The dingo management strategy is flawed. It needs to be improved upon but the government won’t sit down and work with us,” she said.

To contribute to Parkhurst’s fighting fund, view the Save Fraser Island Dingoes group on Facebook.

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