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Tassie Devils trapped in forestry Hell.

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Kind of strange that the “Save the Tassie Devil” website is posted by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water, also known as the Department of Slime and Industrial Slaughter. Funny that the website tries to make the devil out to be cuddly and pitch it to Japanese tourists, like this

when the reality, the utterly malignant and horrid reality, is that more and more Tasmanian Devils are being delivered unto an even crueler and more painful fate like this:

Some are tipping the Devil for extinction within a matter of decades. Even though the so-called Devil Tumour Facial Disease (DTFD) was first classified in 1996, fuck all has been done until now by the Tasmanian government. Why? Because it’s just the environment. It’s just an animal. It’s just a low-grade tourism attraction. Let’s not do anything until it’s at absolute crisis point because all that will be left to do by then will be to watch the last bunch die and say some nice sad words, then get back to the business of turnng Tasmania into one big toxic splintery carpark.

Which happens to be something that the DPIW is well into, when they aren’t throwing up token websites telling tourists that it’s okay to come and spend your yen in Tassie because nobody marries their sister there anymore. Of course there has been kerfuffle lately around the notion that chemicals from abandoned fridges are the main catalyst for this horrific condition that is decimating the devil population, but scientists close to the problem aren’t yet buying into that position.

My bet is that once it’s too late, someone with qualifications will work out that it was the accumulation of Tassie government-subsidised 1080, atrazine, and other hardcore chemicals used in the clearfelling processes that continue to destroy devil habitat, somehow interacting into a spiky and horrible cancer cocktail which is causing such suffering and doom for the devils. Still, an American scientist thinks that there may be an$wer$ for human cancer in treating the devils, so they may have more than a hope in hell.

If this is something you would like to know more about, there is a very proper treatment of the situation with a detailed background here and here in parts I & II of David Obendorf’s ‘Poison Island’. Thoroughly worthy reading about one more possibly irreversible tragedy in the making.

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Written by typingisnotactivism

February 18, 2008 at 2:10 am

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  1. Excellent juxtaposition of relevant factors TINA.

    Taxpayer funding to the tune of $200 million per year to the loggiers in mixed cost relief and direct payments is a serious contender for this list. MIS for example, deliver more money to plantation interests the more agricultural land they convert to trees. This undesirable outcome is ignored by a process which has no mechanism to stop it, nor cause it to meet useful objectives, and is costing the public purse billions while reducing our area of food growing land and taking huge amounts of water for free.

    Basically the more logging they do, the more taxpayers money they get.

    Go figure

    Cruxpuppy

    February 18, 2008 at 6:28 pm

  2. thanks Mike. After a week of hearing Greenpeace-fans whinge about my having the nerve to criticize the-NGO-that-must-be-loved it’s a joy to hear from critical greens. Hope you’ve been well. much swinging in the PAL landscape of late?

    typingisnotactivism

    February 18, 2008 at 10:27 pm

  3. fucking assholes leave the tasmanian devil alone !

    Mako

    June 1, 2008 at 12:37 am


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