Charities in the spotlight

RSPCA calls for urgent action to prevent further cruelty as disturbing new live export images emerge

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The RSPCA is calling for urgent action – including real-time CCTV monitoring in abattoirs and electronic tracking of Australian animals – after evidence of widespread breaches of live export regulations emerged from Jordan and Indonesia. The RSPCA has written to Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud regarding the complaints, which include visual evidence, and allege that Australian sheep have been found in at least 10 locations outside of approved supply chains in Jordan, and cattle have been subjected to brutal roping slaughter, including the use of the prohibited Mark 1 box, in Indonesia.   RSPCA Australia Senior Policy Officer Dr Jed…

Koala campaigners warn NSW is overseeing ‘strategy for extinction’

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As the Bob Brown Foundation joins the campaign to save koalas and their habitat in NSW, an online seminar hosted by the foundation last week saw koala campaigners reveal the extent of losses in koala populations and their habitat. NSW Greens MP and the chair of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry on Koala Populations and Habitat, Cate Faehrmann, presented a summary of the parliamentary committee’s main findings and recommendations. Faehrmann said that the committee also comprised members from the Liberal, National and Labor parties, and recommendations were arrived at by consensus. “The headline finding – and this is even before the…

Can you imagine living with diabetes for 80 years?

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When Anna Moresby was diagnosed with diabetes (type 1) as a four-year-old in wartime, her family were told she would not live to see her 30th birthday. Yet Anna has recently commemorated 80 years living with diabetes, making her one of Australia’s longest-living survivors. In recognition of Anna’s remarkable achievement and determination, Diabetes Victoria has launched a campaign with the theme ‘80 reasons to celebrate’ for National Diabetes Week 2020 (12-18 July). “They said that diabetics don’t live long, that they don’t have a chance,” said Anna. “You’ve gotta fight to find the right people to help you and give…

Mismanagement of Murray-Darling Basin has caused rivers to run dry

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Water infrastructure projects in the Nyah-Vinifera region led by state and federal governments have caused neighbouring forests and riverbanks to remain tinder dry. Despite being the largest river system in Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin is dealing with drought and prospects of extinction for various flora and fauna in the district.  Significant wetlands such as the Coorong and Menindee Lakes are at risk of collapse, threatening migratory birds that travel from Siberia and Alaska. The River Country Campaign was formed in 2000, starting out as a solidarity group supporting the Watti Watti Nation to make the Nyah-Vinifera national park more secure. …

PTSD Awareness Day highlights the struggles of defence force veterans

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This year, with the added stresses of the COVID-19 crisis, Mates 4 Mates is strongly encouraging Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to contact their Family Recovery Centre to learn more about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and what support is available. Mates 4 Mates is a national charity that helps veterans and their families rebuild their lives after service-related injuries. It is estimated that around 8 percent of active ADF members will have experienced PTSD in the past 12 months. This is significantly higher than in the Australian community (5.2 percent). The 2018 Mental Health Prevalence Report found that, for ADF…