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This will be the last newsletter until the new year. My thanks for those companies that advertised during the year and to all those that found the articles interesting enough to open the email and read.
I wish everyone a very happy Christmas, a safe and enjoyable holiday and a successful 2018.
Bob Croucher and staff
Biosecurity staff rule out fowl play with bird found at Sydney Airport

The department has managed a potentially serious biosecurity threat to Australia’s bird and human health, following the discovery of a blue and gold macaw at Sydney airport on 3 December 2017.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ head of Biosecurity Operations, Nico Padovan, said illegally imported birds, or those accidentally imported as stowaways, may carry diseases such as bird flu which can be transmitted to other birds and to people.
“To protect Australia’s favourable health status, accidentally or illegally imported birds must be isolated from other birds, kept under biosecurity control, and then exported back to their country of origin or humanely euthanised,” Mr Padovan said.
“After Sydney airport staff found this biosecurity risk, the department’s biosecurity staff contained it and referred it to a departmental veterinary officer for assessment.
“The veterinary officer found the bird was in good health and had an identifier leg band number but no microchip, and they held it for supervision, under biosecurity control, with strict biosecurity measures including isolation from other birds and decontamination procedures for staff.
“Initial signs pointed to this being an Australian bird that did not threaten our birdlife and our enviable health status, the task then was to find conclusive evidence to ensure it did not present a biosecurity risk to our valuable agricultural industries and environment.
“The department’s Social Media team reached out to the community but could not find a match. We also contacted the Department of Environment and Energy and, through the leg band supplier, were able to confirm it was an Australian bred bird.
“Once this was confirmed, it did not need to be held under biosecurity control, and was transferred to the RSPCA.
“The leg band supplier did further digging through its receipt records and it pointed to a breeder on the Gold Coast.
“This breeder contacted the department and confirmed the bird was his—it had escaped in April 2016 and he had the DNA testing records which matched the leg band number.
“Bird and breeder should be reunited soon—after it spent 18 months away and travelled around 900 kilometres.
“This is a fantastic outcome, thanks to the cooperation, collaboration and information-sharing with external stakeholders.
“We take exotic bird finds very seriously, as they can carry exotic highly contagious diseases such as Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza which can infect domestic poultry, many species of captive caged and wild birds and some strains able to be transmitted to humans.
“Safeguarding Australia’s biosecurity is the department’s priority. This was a case where we safeguarded Australia’s biosecurity and got this well-travelled macaw safely back home.”

State government passes legislation banning puppy and kitten farms in Victoria

The above statement which has been in the papers last week suggest something new however Puppy Farms (by definition) have always been banned. There are strict laws about cruel breeding of animals however the problem has been enforcement of these laws. The result of these new laws will make it more difficult for ethical breeders to conduct their business. The result of the pet shop laws will mean that the (approximately) 5% of puppy sales from pet shops will now go to on-line sellers.

Now that the laws have been passed there is probably nothing more to say except to wait until the results show that nothing has changed or things are worse, as has happened in other countries, then maybe a Government that is more interested in animal welfare than votes will put things right.

The very first Melbourne Cat Lovers Show will be the ideal platform to cost-effectively reach thousands of passionate, high-spending Cat owners face-to-face across 2 action packed days!

We have great pleasure in inviting your company to participate at the 2018 Melbourne Cat Lovers Show. The event is being held at the magnificent, world-heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton from Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th of September (Open from 9.30am to 5pm daily).

Please click here to view an up to date Floor Plan, the Prospectus and the Feature Highlights for this exciting first show. We have also had a burst of early media coverage which you can view via these TimeOut, The Urban List,Fox FM, Pedestrian and Punkee links.

The Cat Lovers Show is proudly presented by one of Australia’s leading event organisers so you can be assured of a professionally run event coupled with a hard-hitting and extensive advertising campaign that will attract thousands of passionate Cat owners and lovers alike.

No other marketing platform offers your company the opportunity to engage face-to-face with such a targeted audience of Cat Lovers so cost-effectively.

If your company would like to exhibit or become a sponsor please complete the GET IN TOUCH/REQUEST INFORMATION form at the bottom of this page. An Early Bird special stand booking rate of $320/sqm applies for bookings received by Wednesday 20th December, 2017. The rate will be $350/sqm +GST from 21st December.

For more information on participating please contact: Jason Humphris on (03) 9696 9961 or email:

When it comes to generating new sales, building customer loyalty, raising brand awareness and growing your business, the Cat Lovers Show has certainly got legs…

We look forward to welcoming your company to participate at the 2018 event as it promises to be a furtastic success!

Lizards of Oz take toll on turtle eggs

Yellow-spotted goanna at Wreck Rock beach

Goannas have overtaken foxes as the number one predator of the endangered loggerhead turtle at its second largest Queensland nesting beach.

A University of Queensland study has found that since feral red foxes were controlled in the 1980s, there has been an increase in the number goanna raids on loggerhead turtle nests at Wreck Rock beach, south of Agnes Waters.

UQ School of Biological Sciences researchers PhD student Juan Lei and Dr David Booth observed - with the assistance of Turtle Care Queensland Inc volunteers and camera traps - that the predators disturb up to 400 nests at the beach in one year. 

“We discovered that only large male yellow-spotted goannas dug open sea turtle nests, but once the nest was opened other lizards, such as lace monitors and smaller yellow-spotted goannas, raided them,” Dr Booth said.

“We had expected most nests would be discovered within one or two days of being constructed because of the visual and scent cues left behind by the female turtle.

“But what we found was the likelihood of a turtle nest being opened by a goanna wasn’t related to the nest age or even the presence of ghost crabs, which disturb nests by burrowing and potentially releasing those smells that attract a goanna’s attention.

“So we still don’t know the mechanism by which goannas discover and attack sea turtle nests that are several weeks into the incubation period.”

Dr Booth said studying the relationships between predators and prey, and the interactions between different predators that hunt the same prey, were important in ecological research.

“One predator species may provide the cue signalling the location of prey to the other predator species, particularly when food sources become sparse,” he said.

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