From an outside point of view:
It’s seems as if true wildlife carers are far and few in-between. It makes you wonder if there could actually be a solution to all of this. If you say you are an active carer – and then you say no to an animal which may die because of your decision. YOU ARE NOT A CARER. If you pick and choose which animal you want to take care of – YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE A CARER. And the ones that should be caring never seem to go all the way to get the permits and become a legal active carer with the support of an organisation. There is no end to the excuses, lies and disillusion. The definition of caring is – the work or practice of looking after those unable to care for themselves. It is a selfless profession, so why are some so selfish.
This is only one of the issues around wildlife protection and caring for wildlife. For Australia, I am ashamed that most organisations or solo carers do not want to work together. They are too busy chasing attention and image. Have you forgotten why we do what we do? It is to save our wildlife and to protect and preserve our environment.
You probably wonder who I am and where I come from. I grew up on a banana and cattle farm. I worked from when I was five to help keep the family farm afloat. I grew up learning and caring for wildlife as well as any injured, sick or abandoned animals. I learnt and understood that sometimes nature has to take its course. I wanted to learn about the world, how things work, processes, procedures, everything and so I did, I tried my hardest to learn everything I could, and I still do. I am only young though I have seen enough. I currently volunteer at a Wildlife Hospital where I have a chance to help make a difference. Here I have learnt that animals, our wildlife, are kind, they are intelligent, they have families, they have emotions and they listen. They do not need us, but we need them. Without them our whole ecosystem would not exist, therefore neither do we.
The thoughtless destruction and killing of our native environment will eventually lead to the downfall of the human race. Something needs to be done before it is too late. Is the human race really so ignorant and thoughtless that they cannot see what is happening. There are approximately 1788 species already extinct in Australia. There are approximately another 43 species Critically Endangered, 143 Endangered and 200 classed as vulnerable. Australia is the youngest country and we are leading the world in lost and losing species.
If we continue this way of life, of only living for ourselves, we will lose all that is important. Just imagine, if we lose our top predator, we become overrun with vermin. This will be the beginning of the end.
If this happens it will be our fault. There are a few people that really do care and they are doing it on their own, the government does not support carers and true wildlife protectors because of the image portrayed by others. A zoo is not a wildlife sanctuary, it is a money maker. Their animals are kept to make money. When was the last time you saw a disabled animal on display. IT DOES NOT HAPPEN because it is ILLEGAL to display an injured or disabled animal. You can only display perfect animals, animals that should actually be released. Isn’t this wrong?
Why even bother teaching your kids the beauty of our planet, about the animals and the environment, when – if we continue on this path – by the time your kids reach your age, there will be nothing left. My mother always said to me, if you show respect and truly show appreciation, you will go far in life. Two simple things and they are not hard to do.
I am only young, though I have seen so many things in life that have just broken my heart. I know that you have seen things like this too. But most people don’t do a thing about it. They think it is not their problem. Do you forget that we as humans are just another species. This is our planet. WE are responsible – WE need to appreciate and respect it – and WE need to do something to stop the destruction.