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23 May 2008
My heart did flip flops when I heard from Peggy yesterday. I remembered being back in Australia, at Caversham park, walking around among the herd of kangaroos, watching the little babies hopping in and out of their mothers' pouches, having the roos stand up next to us, begging for food, looking at the big round eyes, seeing the littlest babies learning how to walk, laughing as they stuck their heads into Mommy's pouch for a quick swig of milk before going off to explore the world again.
I remembered sitting on a bench in the cemetery, watching the roos lounging about in groups on the graves. I remember laughing at the kangaroo fart and the roo seeming to wipe the bad smell away.
I remembered watching the roos hopping through the bush, with Chippa in hot pursuit, never able to catch them (and not knowing what she'd do with one if she did).
I hadn't thought about kangaroos before going to Australia. I'd only encountered them in zoos. They were OK, but I didn't have any real sense of protectiveness about them (they way I did about apes and elephants). But Australia changed my opinion about kangaroos.
After I returned home, Peggy started volunteering at a kangaroo rescue place and began sending photos of the babies they were working with, babies who have lost their mothers to who knows what sort of disaster, babies who sometimes aren't even old enough to leave the pouch, and who need that security that the Caversham babies had
But Peggy's message caused my heart to do flip flops because she was asking me to sign a petition, something she almost never does. It seems that the Australian government is beginning a massive kangaroo kill and a group of people are trying to raise awareness in the hopes of stopping it.
The following appeared on the Care2 web site, where people can sign the petition:
The video is particularly emotional. It doesn't show the actual killing of the roos, but you can sense their terror, and hear a woman speaking about the alternatives that they have been begging the government to consider.
Think about it--Australia is an entire continent which is mostly uninhabited. Would it be so impossible to think of moving the roos to the center of the country, where they might have a fighting chance.
I try to imagine the outcry that would go up if there were suddenly open season in this country on the bald eagle. The kangaroo is Australia's national emblem.
Today, Peggy writes that the slaughter has already started in Canberra.
What you can do to help - please write to, fax or call any or all of the
following Australian Federal Government politicians, and urge them to order a stop to this
inhumane slaughter now:
These kangaroos did not have to die and have done nothing to
deserve this fate. They are trapped behind high fences and despite their public
statements, ultimately the local government has other plans for
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Thank you for helping my friends
MILES TO NOWHERE: 43 miles