Irwin: Qld turtles butchered alive

Bob Irwin recently helped release some young Mary River Turtles into the Mary River at Kenilworth.
Bob Irwin recently helped release some young Mary River Turtles into the Mary River at Kenilworth. Warren Lynam

BOB Irwin and Queensland Party Leader, Aidan McLindon, have today called for a review of Queensland's animal cruelty provisions, which allows endangered dugongs and turtles to suffer over several days before being dismembered alive.

Mr McLindon said Queensland's laws lacked consistency as it is the only Australian state to ban ritual killings but it is also the only state or territory without animal cruelty protections related to indigenous hunting.

"It is important to ensure the highest standards of animal protection in Queensland because it is the right thing to do. The Queensland Government should get full marks for having the courage to ban cruel ritual slaughters, but it now needs to ensure that proper measures are in place to regulate indigenous hunting," Mr McLindon said.

"It is simply not good enough that turtles are left to die over a number of days and be cut up piece by piece while they are still living. Additionally, these species are endangered and no one has any idea how many animals are hunted each year. Obviously, additional regulation is necessary to ensure indigenous hunting practices are sustainable."

Veteran campaigner, Bob Irwin, has called for action to protect endangered species in Queensland.

"Our governments are no longer concerned in regards to blatant cruelty whether it be domestic stock or native wildlife. Their motivation of greed and dominance at any cost is bringing shame and disgust around the world to all decent Australians."

Some traditional owners have also recognised the need to protect dugongs and turtles despite having the right to hunt the endangered animals under Australian law. The Mamu People, south of Innisfail, have enacted their own self-imposed hunting restrictions.

The agreement for their turtle business is co-ordinated through the Mandubarra Land and Sea Corporation and was finalised in June 2008.

Bob Irwin and Aidan McLindon will meet in Tin Can Bay on Friday, 1 July.

See here for video footage of Australian turtle slaughter. Please note it may contain footage, which may distress some viewers.

Topics:  aidan mclindon bob irwin queensland party turtles

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