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Five Propositions on Ferals Fiona Probyn-Rapsey.

Five Propositions on Ferals Fiona Probyn-Rapsey. First published in Feral Feminisms,Issue 6, Fall 2016, http://www.feralfeminisms.com In September 2015, I gave a talk at Siteworks, an arts festival that takes place at Bundanon (see Bundanon Trust https://bundanon.com.au/) on the South Coast of New … Continue reading

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Fiona Probyn-Rapsey on Australia’s war on feral cats

Last week in Canberra I attended the Threatened Species Commission Community roundtable on the ‘feral cats’ strategy – the plan to eradicate 2 million feral cats by 2020, announced by Environment Minister Greg Hunt in July last year. Otherwise known … Continue reading

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Ruminations of a Retiring Veterinarian –  Michael W. Fox

I grew up during World War 11 in the north of England surrounded by William Blake’s “satanic mills.” I came to respect the dignity of hard labor, the spirit of the Luddite and the virtues of frugality, self-reliance and serving … Continue reading

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Rowena Lennox: Safe Place (Dingoes)

On 21 June 2016 brief news reports appeared online stating that six dingoes had been found dead at Orchid Beach on Fraser Island (K’gari). All the reports (ABC, The Courier-Mail, Yahoo!7News and Sky News) noted that one dingo’s body was … Continue reading

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Laura Jean McKay on Being wowed, being excited: about the Being Interdisciplinary in Animal Studies postgraduate symposium, Glasgow, 2016.

It was a funny lot of creatures who gathered in Glasgow this May. Postgraduate researchers from history, science, media and visual arts, geography, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, English and literature. We were brought together by historian and, let’s face it, star … Continue reading

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THE END OF DOLPHINARIUMS IN INDIA

VARDA MEHROTRA on THE END OF DOLPHINARIUMS IN INDIA The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) was established in 2007 to unite and recruit animal activists in a country with tremendously diverse issues, cultures, species and challenges. It is the … Continue reading

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Roogate

David Brooks ‘Roogate’
Shot under cover of darkness, buried in mass graves in the forest. But this isn’t Srebrenica in 1995, this isn’t Poland in 1942. The shooters aren’t rogue militants or members of the SS. They are sub-contractors paid by the government of the Australian Capital Territory, and the victims are not humans but a different species of animal. Continue reading

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Rottnest Island’s Quokkas

Donelle Gadenne ‘From Celebrity Selfies to Sadistic Cruelty: The Paradoxical Life of Rottnest Island’s Quokkas’
Use a popular internet search engine to type in ‘quokka’ and you will discover a plethora of stories about a species of small marsupial inhabiting Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), situated approximately 18 kilometres from Perth, Western Australia.

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Street Dog and Rabies Control in India

J.F.Reece, B.Sc., B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S. ‘Street dog and Rabies Control in India’
The control of the large populations of free roaming dogs that are found throughout the developing world has been important for many years because of the public health implications of these uncontrolled dog populations. Rabies is the obvious public health concern with approximately 96% of all human rabies cases resulting from the bite of a rabid dog, but also dog bites themselves and echinococcosis are important public health reasons to control free-roaming dog populations. Continue reading

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Rabbits 2011

Last night, while listening to the latest episode of Radio National ‘s ‘Bush Telegraph’, I was struck by the vastly different and somewhat contradictory ‘rabbit realities’ that have been conjured up this week.  Across Australia, people prepare for Chinese New … Continue reading

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