To deal with issues of all wildlife species, sentient beings and plants. It must be understood, acknowledged and taken into account; regardless of being conquered and their land controlled by the conqueror. All wildlife are the original inhabitants of Australia and have rights, which must be taken into consideration, even a priority, in preparing and enacting legislation of any kind, that affects the elements of their well being, and, though it might be a new discovery for many, ours as well.
The wildlife of East Gippsland is no more precious than native animals in any part of Australia. However, these are special species to our area, and many are endangered and too already lost. We do not know what role they played or what benefits to our environment the contributed. We are told and have known for many decades, that genetic diversity is important. Biodiversity is important and this has been known for the same period, yet more species are under threat, because governments local, state and federal choose to ignore this fact.
Individuals in sufficient number, are the reservoir of genetic diversity that is required to maintain a species. Each species must have sufficient numbers to contain a gene pool that will sustain survival and prevent inbreeding. The East Gippsland Wildlife Rehabilitators members are caring for many of these individuals, and they may yet be the action to maintain the genes that are required to keep a species viable.
We, as individual wildlife carers, shelters, and as an organisation can, and do a great deal for wildlife, not only in our area or state; but we can only do so much. The people of Victoria and Australia must look to helping, this by ensuring that logging old growth forests, is no longer part of the Victorian governments intent. That the government agencies who believe that timber harvesting is required. Look to a way it can be done without the destruction that is common to the current method. Single trees taken. NOT great chunks of forest destroyed and leaving bare ground. Australian's really must become the clever species.
All residents of Australia have a responsibility to ourselves, our children and the children of their future and to the wildlife of our area and Australia. To ensure that the latter will be seen and enjoyed by every generation of the former. We have no idea or crystal ball that will show us how we will be judged by future generations if our wildlife are lost, or depleted. That the gene pool of many or each species, is so small they can not be saved by the generation that wants their children to experience the pleasure of seeing and knowing them. Our generation will not be much more than wastrels if we allow species of wildlife to be lost due to apathy, gullibility and not taking the state and Australian governments to account.
Our role as an organisation, and wildlife carers and shelters, is to pursue important issues. Persuade governments to save and create more habitat, protect it and the wildlife it serves. To maintain these places so we may see our wildlife in the state they have always lived and thrill our children with the sight. By this, strengthening their mental health and purpose. The scent of the eucalyptus forest, hear the song of many different birds and their mimickers, espy the movement of a precious and treasured animal, alive and well. Knowing it can only be found in it's natural habitat in Australia is one of the greatest joys and pleasures.
To teach our children the importance of wildlife and habitat conservation is critical, cannot be overstated and must be part of our children's in school and at home education. We will not be able to reach all adults or children, of our area, of the country. This task of ours is a challenge and is to attempt just that.
Now many species of wildlife are seen as nothing but pests by farmers and other landholders, unable to see or understand the part wildlife played in creating the land they covert; and still would if their numbers were greater. Most people know little enough or want to know much about, or what our wildlife contributes. The agriculture and forested land is often disadvantaged because wildlife has been culled. The cost being reliant and buying more fertilizer, feeding grass and other plants which also depletes the soil because it is eaten by animals shipped off to be slaughtered and as hay. A message that has never really got through to those landholders who control vast acres.
The government, both federal and state; which are supposed to protect our wildlife allows farmers to kill our native animals. Yet if someone shoots a stray sheep or bull, they will be prosecuted by the heavy, uneven hand of the law. That which has a known monetary rather than intrinsic, utilitarian value and belongs to an individual of our species must be protected. That which belongs to all of us; has no status no monetary value unless killed, drawn and quartered, and not protected.
The members of the EGWR Inc., challenge all people to be part of the solution that will make it possible for our wildlife to thrive. To help us not only rescue wildlife, but get involved and ask the various tiers of government what they are doing for wildlife? To show and declare an interest. To the path to ensure that we see the joy on the faces of our grandchildren at their first sight of a wombat, kangaroo, wallaby or goanna. We are the generation that must make a real difference, a real contribution and save the animals of our land for our grandchildren and future generations.
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