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The Greycross launches today - "A call to arms"



Organisers of the “Don’t Shoot Bats” campaign are taking our message to the streets by giving new life to the Grey Cross campaign. Wherever you live, if you have an interest in conservation or animal welfare, you are invited to take part in the Grey Cross event on the weekend of November 3 & 4.  
There are many conservation problems facing us, so why focus on this issue.
  • The governments of Qld and NSW both issue permits to allow fruit growers to shoot flying foxes* including two species listed nationally as threatened. It is bad enough that these governments do little to address key threatening processes such as habitat loss, but to actively sanction a known threatening process is outrageous.
  • Most bats which are shot die a slow, painful death from their wounds over many hours – sometimes days. A small minority are killed outright.  Dependent young, whose mothers have been shot, will die of dehydration and starvation also over several days.
  • This is not only animal cruelty.  This is animal cruelty sanctioned by the states of Queensland and New South Wales.
  • There are fruit-crop protection solutions, which are far more effective and don’t kill wildlife. We acknowledge the difficulties faced by farmers, but there is no excuse for animal cruelty.
  • Some politicians and sections of the media are responsible for demonising flying-foxes, so that the general public are fearful of these animals and less willing to take a stand against the cruelty inflicted on them. A great deal of this is misinformation bordering on hysteria. Sadly, the vast majority of this negativity is based on ignorance.
Documentation which backs up the statements above is available at www.dontshootbats.com.
It is a difficult issue, but if you have ever wanted to take a stand for the underdog, this is the time.
The event entails making and erecting “Grey Crosses” in public areas to attract attention –then photographing them and posting the photos, videos and other media to social media networks.  We will issue a media release template a week before, which you can adapt it to your local needs.  To get the message out there we need to get maximum media coverage – so please get the word out there to your local news media.  For this one weekend our aim is to raise awareness of what is being done to these unique and special animals, and to say that neither animal cruelty, nor killing threatened species, is ever acceptable.
Our hope is to see local events across the natural range of flying-foxes across Australia – and beyond. Examples and details on how you can participate in this one-off event are at thegreycross.org website.
*Queensland has just re-introduced these permits on September 7 2012.  NSW is in the process of phasing out the permits, but not until July 2014.  Even then, they plan to continue to issue them under certain circumstances.

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see above for template for the Grey Cross


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