STATEMENT by Dr. Ernest Healy…
The dingo is an ancient (pre-neolithic – pre-agricultural) domesticate (in my view sem-domesticate). Therefore, the position underpinning the Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy (FIDMS) that the dingo is a wild animal, cannot be allowed any contact with humans and must be forced to live in the wild without assistance, is based on a misconceived understanding of the nature of the animal.
The dingo is unique in being both wildlife and the direct descendant of the world’s first domesticated animal. As such it is a unique part of all human cultural and wildlife heritage. Therefore there is no inconsistency in seeing the dingo as wildlife, while accepting the need to afford it human support/management in settings like Fraser Island….
Dr. Ernest Healy.
Senior Research Fellow, Monash University. President, Dingo Care Newtwork.
SFID Inc. SUBMISSION: MAY 2012. Review of the Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy. Fraser Island is an important part of Australia’s cultural and natural heritage. The Fraser Island dingo has been an integral part of this environment and lived with the indigenous Butchulla people for thousands of years, long before European settlement. It is considered a genetically unique species and we have an obligation to ensure that this genetic integrity is preserved. READ SFID Inc SUBMISSION.
A research paper published by CSIRO suggests that past and continual destruction of dingoes on Fraser Island could be contributing to the instability of the family group and exacerbating human-dingo conflict. ..
‘Managing dingoes on Fraser Island: culling, conflict and an alternative.’ click here to read…
REVISED FRASER ISLAND DINGO MANAGEMENT STRATEGY (FIDCRMS) released by the State Government. CLICK HERE.
FINAL REPORT OF THE FRASER ISLAND DINGO MANAGEMENT STRATEGY REVIEW by ECOSURE CLICK HERE.
STEERING COMMITTEE REPORT OF THE FRASER ISLAND DINGO MANAGEMENT STRATEGY. CLICK HERE.
THE DINGO’S ROLE REVITALISED. Ecos-Feb-Mar 2009. Dingoes naturally kept foxes and cats in check but once dingoes were removed from large tracts of the country these feral predators wreaked havoc in the landscape..
From May to July 2011, at a cost of $70,000, 18 dingoes had GPS tracking collars attached to better understand their population dynamics and behaviour. 2 dingoes were killed by vehicles, I died of hyperthermia after being trapped, 1 was destroyed by QPWS rangers and 2 died of unknown causes. Therefore the study was evaluated on the results of tracking 12 dingoes. These are the findings. CLICK TO READ. You be the judge, do the results justify the cost involved and the interference to the animals?
TAGGING: Investigators have an obligation to identify and assess the consequences of their research activities on wild animals, populations and the environment….Investigators should always weigh potential gain in knowledge against the negative consequences of disturbance….animals should not be exposed to excessive or inappropriate handling, conspecific aggression, predation, temperature extremes or undue suffering. READ MORE
Hazing (a.k.a. Harassment) is a process where you disturb the animal’s sense of security to such an extent that it decides to move on. However, it should be noted that Fraser Island is an Island, therefore there is a very limited amount of land or territory for the hazed or harassed dingoes to “move on to”. To work effectively and with the smallest amount of consequences, hazing is supposed to be concentrated and focus on an animal that is causing a serious problem. Failure to concentrate the harassment or hazing technique simply makes the animals get used to the harassment or hazing because the harassment is everywhere. READ MORE
HISTORY OF FRASER ISLAND by Pat O’Brien.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Fraser Island Dingo is considered “vulnerable” this means it is in danger of extinction in the wild.
Legal letter re fishers feeding dingo.