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Monday, June 25, 2012

About the ruthless eviction of the Sydney Flying Foxes (again)

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While trying to find more information on the bat eviction, I came across a great article called The Peril and Beauty of Flying Fox Life in the Time of Extinction by Deborah Bird Rose.

The text casts light over the situation of the four Flying Fox species in Australia and is accompanied by great video footage.

I'm reposting the third segment of a documentary called Following Flying Foxes – the segment that features the now non-existent bat colony in Sydney Botanic gardens.

Video credits: Natasha Fijn & Deborah Bird Rose. Posted with permission. More information about the video is available here.

Recently Deborah has written another emotionally charged article on the topic which is definitely worth the time –
Night falls heavily in Sydney these days.

I have already lived long enough in this country to not be surprised by the atrocities done to the native and introduced animals.

It is very disappointing that the majority of people who consider themselves good are so incredibly passive and ready to accept without questioning everything that they are being fed with by authorities or commercial media.
Most of my friends' (they are my friends, because we share, more or less, similar values) reactions to the news about the dispersal were: "Oh well... This is a controversial issue..." and they repeated what they have heard on the radio or TV. Very disappointing.

In situations like this I can't chase away the feeling that Western democracies are getting weaker and weaker every year with citizens becoming numb, apathetic and brainwashed by consumerism. Isn't that sad?

As the issue is 'controversial' I'm leaving comments under this post open.


  1. i share your concerns about western democracy - not the least of which is: what voice do animals have in a democracy? tyranny relies on the principle 'might makes right'. democracies are meant to work against this principle, and to aim for the greatest good for all. but when it comes to animals, it seems that might usually does make right, and there is little commitment to the greatest good. part of what makes this so sad is that the good for each of us is wrapped up in what is good for all of us - in the long run. we need each other, forever.

  2. Thank you for leaving a comment, Deborah!

    And for the great work that you're doing.

  3. hope u can share n like this.
    State of Shame - Queensland's AU Legislated Animal Cruelty youtu.be/0wF5D6k_9-U


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