Raquel Benson is a Senior Contributor to TDA, a journalism student, humanist, and artist with issues of chronic imagination. She may be brash, but it stems from a deeper concern for the world around her.
Saving Sea Turtles
Animal Rights – As the world continues to grieve the 2006 death of the Crocodile Hunter (aka Steve Irwin), his father, Bob, is assuming Irwin’s passionate fight against the killing of sea turtles and dugongs in Australia.
In celebration of Steve’s incredible contributions to the animal world, a team of activists will be sporting the Croc Hunter staple, khakis, in their January 19 protest outside the Australian High Commission. During this rally, they’re planning on handing a letter over to the High Commissioner in protest of “the indiscriminate” murders of dugongs and sea turtles on the continent down under.
“Australia has failed miserably in the protection of our wildlife and our environment. The rape and destruction of my land continues at a very alarming rate. [...] I ask you to come down and wear something khaki—my favorite color and Steve’s as well—or wave a placard condemning the way we treat out wildlife,” said Bob Irwin.
According to Earthrace UK, last year about 25 dugongs were taken each night. “Australia is destroying its natural ecosystems in favor of commerce. The killing of the turtles and dugongs is permitted under the Native Title Act,” they added.
They went on to explain that, “Hunted down in speed boats dugongs and turtles are cut up alive on beaches, often in front of tourists.”
As Australia knows, dugongs and turtles are endangered species. The country’s flagrant disregard of this information has driven Bob Irwin, dugong campaigner Colin Riddell, and Earthrace to fight against these senseless slaughters.
Read More at Earth Times.