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Filmmakers outsmart dolphin
killers: Secret film will expose Japan's brutality
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by BOYD HARNELL
WARNING DISTRUBING READING
drag still living dolphins over the pavement by truck to slaughterhouse
facilities where they brutally kill the animals in cruel rituals of
sadistic violence celebrated by Japan's racist, anti-western
TAIJI, Japan (3 Apr 2008) — For the first
time ever, graphic feature-length footage of the annual slaughter of
some 2,500 dolphins in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, has been captured
during a unique yearlong covert operation.
The secret filming by members of the U.S.
conservation group Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) — equipped with
state-of-the-art technology and financed to the tune of $5 million by
Netscape founder Jim Clark — is being turned into a major documentary
feature film destined for worldwide release this summer (although
distribution in Japan is at present not certain).
The story of how this film of the barbaric killing
and subsequent butchering of dolphins was made — together with the
resulting sale of their meat that massively exceeds Japanese and
international limits for mercury content — is told here, exclusively,
for the first time anywhere in print.
The footage of the annual seven-month dolphin
"drive fisheries" (as they are known in Japan), and of the brutal
practices involved in them — as well as the complicity in the killings
by various dolphin trainers and officials from Taiji Whale Museum — is
sure to shock the world. But whether Japanese people themselves will be
able to see the film and arrive at their own conclusions is still by no
The annual dolphin slaughter at Taiji, a town with
a population of some 3,500 in the beautiful Yoshino Kumano Kokuritsu
Koen national park, follows a regular pattern.
First, hunter boats from the Taiji Isana Union
(numbering at most 13 skiffs, with two crewmen each) head out to sea
and surround pods of dolphins or pilot whales (which are actually large
dolphins). Then they drive them into a "capture cove" by banging on
long metal bell-ended poles placed in the water to disrupt the
dolphins' sonar, causing them to become completely disorientated and
After these animals have spent a night supposedly
relaxing in the netted-off capture cove (in an attempt by the whalers
to make their meat more tender), they are driven to the neighboring
"killing cove." There, behind huge blue tarps strung across the cove to
keep prying eyes away — in much the same way that Japanese police
cordon off crime scenes — the dolphins meet their gruesome predawn end.
It is a gory spectacle that Taiji has long striven
to keep anyone from seeing — and one that is crucially fueled by the
lucrative, worldwide dolphin captivity and display industry. Aquarium
operators, some of whom have claimed to be saving dolphins' lives by
selecting a few as performers, pay up to $150,000 per animal.
The brutal selection process, though — as shown in
the OPS footage — causes many of these highly intelligent marine
mammals to die of shock or drown.
Meanwhile, cruelty apart, the
government-sanctioned slaughter is widely condemned by Japanese
scientists, activists and a few Taiji officials, who all cite the
serious health issues related to consumption of the dolphins'
One of the officials OPS filmed was Taiji City
Councilman Junichiro Yamashita, who organized certified tests on local
dolphin meat bought from retail outlets in the town. The shocking test
results revealed mercury and methylmercury levels that were 30 and 16
times, respectively, above advisory levels set by the Health, Labor and
Welfare Ministry. As a result, Yamashita hastily distributed
newsletters to Taiji residents warning them to avoid consuming the meat
— which he called "toxic waste."
Although a massive blackout of this long-standing
butchery of small cetaceans is aided by an apparent self-imposed
boycott of the subject by Japan's vernacular and other English-language
media, this newspaper has published a 2 1/2-year-long series of exposes
that have won it two international press awards from the Humane Society
of the United States.
Now, though, the focus is on the meticulously
planned $2.5-million covert operation — the cost of which is estimated
to double by the time of the film's projected release in June.
From their base in Boulder, Colorado, the OPS
group made six trips to Wakayama Prefecture, where they were constantly
followed by local police and stalked and harassed by Taiji "whalers."
Despite this, their mission was successful. Their high-tech film gear
was covertly inserted in the "killing cove" and extracted 16 times
thanks to the efforts of the film's assistant director, Charles
Hambleton, and three members of the OPS team. Their hidden,
high-definition (HD) cameras successfully recorded the horror that
unfolded behind Taiji's blue tarps. And what they saw was beyond their
Captured dolphins were filmed writhing in pain as
Taiji whalers speared them repeatedly or cracked their spines with
spiked weapons. Stricken dolphins are also shown thrashing about
wildly, blood pouring from their wounds until they finally succumbed.
Meanwhile, a number of dolphin trainers and officials from the Taiji
Whale Museum are shown cooperating in the slaughter — some even
laughing — as the killing cove's bloodied, ruby-red water swept round
into the adjacent capture cove.
But perhaps the most iconic scene is one in which
a baby dolphin leaps to its death on the rocks after its mother is
killed. This really was a surreal and incredibly sad sight to see.
OPS team leader Louie Psihoyos, a world-renowned
photographer formerly with National Geographic Magazine, and members of
his group, conducted the extraordinary covert operation with the daring
elan and minute precision of a military-style, special-forces mission.
With funding from billionaire conservationist
Clark, the team was able to use the most sophisticated equipment money
could buy. Among their weapons of choice were a battery of HD cameras.
Some of those cameras were encased in fake rocks sculpted out of
high-density foam by movie-model makers with Kerner Optical (formerly
George "Star Wars" Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic Shop). These
disguised cameras were strat- egically positioned inside the killing
Also included in the formidable lineup of
high-tech gear for this covert operation were standard-size HD cameras,
$50,000 military-grade HD forward-looking infrared (FLIR) P-645 thermal
cameras (to detect anyone the whalers had on lookout); hydrophones and
HD underwater cameras (to record the dolphins' underwater throes);
unmanned gyro-stabilized helicopters; a number of "shotgun" microphones
disguised as tree branches; walkie-talkies; and a host of ancillary
The mission objective was to produce a
well-balanced, full-length documentary feature for general worldwide
release encompassing all facets of the Taiji dolphin cull and its
"We succeeded," Psihoyos said, "but we also came
back with an epic horror film resembling a Steven King novel more than
Psihoyos emphasized that the film is neither
anti-Japanese nor a "Japan-bashing" production.
In fact, the whole OPS Taiji odyssey (with backing
from Clark) began in the winter of 2006. Then, Psihoyos says, "My
assistant director, Charles Hambleton, and I had a seven-hour meeting
at the mayor's office with Taiji town officials about making a movie of
"An official, who represented Mayor Kazutaka
Sangen, said they were concerned about Westerners showing blood in the
cove — that it gave the town an evil look."
Psihoyos says he told the officials he would not
show blood in his film — if they allowed him to position two cameras at
the entrance to the cove and to interview the whalers. After mulling it
over, though, both officials and whalers cut off contact with Psihoyos
and denied him permission to film near the cove. As well, they demanded
that he should restrict footage showing blood — apparently fearful that
barbarous images may lead to their drive hunts being banned.
In this volatile atmosphere, local police warned
the whalers and their supporters off any repeat of violence or threats
of violence such as had happened before. In fact, Nigel Barker, a
former Australian resident in Taiji, says he was threatened with bodily
harm for providing The Japan Times with details of the whalers' brutal
methods. In another incident, Psihoyos said he, too, was threatened by
whalers, who said, "We will kill you."
Amazingly, though, after their talks broke down
and the OPS people were leaving their final meeting with Taiji town
officials, they were given a detailed map of Taiji, red-lining areas
where filming was restricted. This map became a precious tool for
planning the group's covert ops over the next year.
Now the gloves were off. No agreement had been
made with the officials and Psihoyos immediately planned a thorough
reconnaissance of the Taiji area. Precise vantage points were selected
to position their cameras. Several camouflaged camera blinds were set
up on the headland adjacent to the Whale Museum that overlooks the
killing cove. But their major challenge was figuring out how to insert
and extract their "rock cameras," underwater cameras, hydrophones and
hidden microphones without being detected.
Psihoyos contacted Ric O'Barry, who captured and
trained dolphins for the 1960s TV series "Flipper," asking for his help
in detailing the whalers' routine during drive hunts.
O'Barry, head of the international Save Japan
Dolphins coalition, had monitored the drives in Taiji for more than
five years, and he agreed to be the point man for OPS. O'Barry was
already hated by the whalers for his activities, including bringing the
media to Taiji to film the brutal drives. In fact, he tells how whalers
greet him with throat-cutting gestures when they see him there.
Following O'Barry's advice, the OPS group
implemented their high-risk strategy for filming the covert mission. As
the two headlands overlooking the killing cove were constantly
monitored by whalers, members faced the loss of expensive gear and
possible arrest. That was despite Japanese attorneys telling them that
the legality of blocking access to a national park was questionable.
They said, though, that police "made up their own rules" in enforcing
The OPS group was headquartered in hotel rooms in
the area, where their missions were planned and piles of pricey
equipment occupied most of the space. Two vans were rented to haul
their weighty gear to their target locations. Another small,
unobtrusive rental car driven by OPS member Joe Chisholm was used for
scouting — mostly for monitoring the Taiji harbor area to check if
drive boats were out. Chisholm also kept an eye on the roads to detect
whether police were following the group. Altogether, the incredible
challenges of making this film elevated it to a major undertaking on a
scale never before attempted.
Throughout this buildup period, drive fisheries
were being conducted during daylight. If the whalers were successful,
captured dolphins would be trapped in the holding cove sealed off with
nets. Before daybreak the next day, men in motorboats would herd the
panicked animals into the killing cove of no return.
The horror of the dolphins' final moments there
were recorded not only by the "rock cameras" above the waterline, but
also from below by using underwater microphones and an underwater
"blood-cam" HD camera devised by OPS high-tech guru Simon Hutchins,
which yielded graphic footage of the sea slowly turning red as the
To make this possible, OPS called on Mandy-Rae
Cruickshank, a seven-time world free-diving champion, and her famed
coach and husband, Kirk Krack, to plant the devices. (Cruikshank
recently broke her own world record by free-diving down to 88 meters
and back in 2 min. 48 sec.) Both eagerly accepted the risky challenge.
"Good to go Mandy," crackled through the two-way.
It was 3 a.m. The OPS support group on land had just completed a
thermal-imaging sweep of the capture and killing coves. No security was
detected. As the OPS van dropped the two off above the holding cove's
small beach, and sped away, the free-diving pair, clad in wet suits,
entered the water. The moon was full, helping them to see obstacles.
"Tensions were high . . . we had to get around a
barbed-wire fence and hike down over some boulders to get into the
water," Mandy said. "Then we swam around to the killing cove. It was
about 40 feet (12 meters) deep. We had an underwater camera and
hydrophone, and we used a flashlight to get a reference point so we
knew where to retrieve them from after we made a reconnaissance, but we
had to turn it on and off quickly to escape detection. Then Kirk and I
put down the devices fairly easily."
On their return to the beach in the holding cove,
Cruickshank said, "We saw a car going into the parking lot, so we hid
in bushes until they left and then we waited for the van to pick us up."
Before that mission and again afterward, she said,
"We were constantly monitored by police."
A few days later, Cruikshank said that from that
same beach in the capture cove they saw a pod of 40 herded round to the
killing cove, where the slaughter began. "They had separated the
babies, some only as big as my arm, and then the emerald water in front
of us began to turn red and you could hear the dolphins screaming. One
stabbed dolphin tried to escape, and it made it over two nets from the
killing cove and was heading toward the beach in the capture cove with
blood streaming from it. We saw the last two breaths it took — it was
impossible not to cry.
"The babies were led out to sea and were either
killed or set free to die of starvation," she said.
Meanwhile, Psihoyos' team was embedded in their
camera blinds on overlooking hillsides, sometimes for as long as 17
hours a day. Dressed in full camouflage gear and wearing face paint,
they looked like military sniper teams. Black masking tape covered
reflective surfaces on their cameras to avoid detection. For over 3 1/2
weeks, the OPS team survived on a daily ration of 3 hours' sleep. When
filming from the camera blinds, they subsisted on energy bars and
water. Whaler security men, always wary of outsiders monitoring their
hunts, constantly scanned the high terrain, the bushes and undergrowth
surrounding the two coves, their flashlights searching for intruders.
Psihoyos recounted his attempt in setting up the
initial camera blind in a spot overlooking the killing cove.
"It was a moonless night and I had a full-size def
(HD) camera in tow with a large tripod. I scaled a cliff and descended
on a rope and perched on a shelf as big as an average office desk — but
at a slope of about 30 degrees.
"I braced my feet against a small tree and didn't
move them for the next 15 1/2 hours," he said, adding, "the lagoon was
filled with pilot whales — they made a protective circle around their
young. I shot frantic clips from my unstable perch as I saw whales
killed and dragged away."
Reacting to these brutal scenes, Psihoyos recalled
thinking, "If there's a god, don't let their lives be wasted in vain."
Originally, OPS's hidden rock cameras focused on
the killing cove from surrounding headlands could only film for three
hours, but a high-tech piece of kit they acquired "turbocharged" the
batteries to allow them to film for 11 hours continuously, ensuring
they would capture all facets of the cull.
The hidden microphones revealed startling comments
from whalers in the killing cove, including one during the cleanup
after a killing session, when a dead calf was on the beach in the
killing cove. Countering the whalers' contention they never harmed a
mother or its calf, one was heard saying: "Hey, that guy over there saw
the dead calf, didn't he? Is it a problem?" His friend responded, "He
came from the [whalers'] union — it's not a problem."
Indeed, contrary to their statements, the Taiji
whalers seem unconcerned about killing female dolphins and their calves
— as is graphically depicted in one of the film's sequences.
However, along with the film's horrific images,
Psihoyos also interviews on camera Japanese scientists and others
involved in the mercury health issues surrounding dolphin meat.
Dr. Shigeo Ekino, a prominent researcher from
Kumamoto University's Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Kyushu,
compared the high mercury levels found in contaminated fish in
Minamata, Japan, in the 1950s during the world's worst
mercury-pollution disaster, to levels of mercury currently found in
Ekino, who was filmed holding a tested sample of
Taiji dolphin meat, said: "This dolphin meat is 98.9 ppm (parts per
million of total mercury) — which is higher than the level (of the fish
and shellfish) in Minamata Bay. It's a clear danger!"
His sample was 247.25 times the Japanese health
ministry's advisory level of 0.4 ppm for total mercury.
Tetsuya Endo, a professor at Hokkaido's Health
Science University, also conducted mercury tests on dolphin meat, and
his results were published in 2005. In a filmed OPS interview, he said:
"I found 100 ppm of total mercury in . . . bottlenose dolphin and 2,000
ppm of total mercury in the liver of an unknown (dolphin) species. All
of it was toxic." In fact, the higher figure was 5,000 times the health
ministry's advisory level for mercury.
In another OPS interview, Psihoyos asked Hideki
Moronuki, deputy director of the Far Seas Fisheries Division of the
central government's Fisheries Agency, "How are the dolphins killed
now? . . . and are the dolphins being dragged around by their tails
during the selection process for captive specimens?"
Moronuki is filmed replying, "Fishermen are using
specifically made knife (sic), and put it through the spine . . . most
of the animals are killed instantly." As for allegations of them being
dragged by their tails, he says, "That's not happening anymore."
When Psihoyos showed Moronuki a film clip of the
inhumane, random spearing of dolphins while others were dragged by
their tails — all filmed recently — he froze and told Psihoyos: "I have
to instruct them again. They are using inappropriate method to treat
At Psihoyos' request, Moronuki gave him a hair
sample to be tested for mercury. The result: a readout of 5.874 ppm of
total mercury, which is 14.68 times the health ministry's advisory
Moronuki's response was peculiar: "I was very
happier to know that I have eaten so much fish which make me much
healthier than meat-eating peoples."
Another dramatic highlight of the footage shows a
surfer invasion in Taiji last October led by legendary Australian pro
surfer Dave Rastovich, along with a few TV celebrities and some surfer
buddies. They paddled into the cove where dolphins were being
slaughtered and formed a prayer circle. Shocked by the atrocity, they
finally retreated when whalers in skiffs came and prodded them with
poles and sharp-hooked gaffs.
Producers of the OPS documentary are aiming for a
worldwide release in June, including a special Japanese version
creatively marketed and circulated to ensure maximum viewing even if
major distributors turn it down. The film's narrator will be an actor
selected from Hollywood's "A list," they said.
Referring to his hopes the film will benefit the
dolphins, Psihoyos said: "Dolphins are the only wild animals known to
rescue humans. With this film, we'd like to come to their rescue and,
in the process, save ourselves."
Pointedly, just months before the surfers went
into the killing cove at Taiji, their leader Dave Rastovich had
survived a shark attack in Australia when a dolphin swam between him
and the shark and allowed him to escape.
SOURCE - The Japan
whalers out of Aussie waters
Tuesday Jan 15
The Federal Court has ordered a Japanese whaling company
to stop killing whales in Australian Antarctic waters.
The Humane Society International (HSI) launched legal
action against whaler Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd in 2004, seeking a
Federal Court injunction against harvesting in the Australian Whale
Sanctuary in Antarctic waters.
HSI claims the company has slaughtered 1,253 minke
whales and nine fin whales since the sanctuary was declared in 2000, in
breach of Australian domestic law protecting the animals.
Justice Jim Allsop on Tuesday said unless restrained,
the Japanese company would continue to "kill, injure, take and
interfere with" Antarctic minke whales and fin whales.
He also said the company had targeted humpback whales in
the Australian whale sanctuary in contravention of the Environment
Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
"The respondent has, on the evidence, no presence or
assets within the jurisdiction," Justice Allsop said.
"Unless the respondent's vessels enter Australia, thus
exposing themselves to possible arrest or seizure, the applicant
acknowledges that there is no practical mechanism by which orders of
this court can be enforced."
The hearing was derailed in 2005, after then federal
attorney-general Philip Ruddock intervened on the grounds it could
spark a diplomatic row with Japan.
But the full bench of the Federal Court ordered the
proceedings resume in 2006.
The Howard government wrote to HSI last October
reiterating its opposition to the injunction, saying it went against
long-standing international practice under the Antarctic Treaty system.
"Taking such action can reasonably be expected to prompt
significant adverse reaction from other Antarctic Treaty parties,
including Japan," the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) wrote.
Labor voiced support for the HSI action ahead of the
election, with Environment Minister Peter Garrett promising to enforce
a ban on whale slaughter in the sanctuary.
The Humane Society International has called on the Rudd
government to live up to its pre-election promises on whaling and
intercept Japanese ships in Australian waters.
HSI spokeswoman Nicola Beynon welcomed the decision as
long overdue, and urged immediate action from the new federal Labor
government, which campaigned strongly against whaling ahead of the last
Ms Beynon said the Rudd government's response to the
ruling would be a litmus test for their commitment to the issue.
"The Japanese government doesn't recognise Australia's
claim to those waters, however, as far as the Australian government is
concerned, Australian law says it's an offence to kill whales in those
waters and the court has confirmed that," Ms Beynon told reporters.
"The court has ordered that the hunt be stopped.
"I think it's the Australian government's responsibility
to uphold the law and to uphold the Federal Court's injunction."
Ms Beynon called for officials on board the Ocean
Viking, currently tracking whaling ships in Antarctic waters, to
immediately act on the court's orders.
"The Australian government is very well placed to
enforce the injunction, they have a ship on the way to the hunting
grounds," she said.
Immediate action on Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha's permit from
the Japanese government to kill 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales this
year could save hundreds of animals, Ms Beynon said.
"Under Australian law the government can intercept the
ship and stop this hunt," she said.
"Yes it would be controversial with the Japanese
government but hey, they're the ones who are being extremely
provocative in killing whales in Australia's territorial waters and we
think it's time that this whole matter is brought to a head."
Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says he'll be
studying closely the Federal Court decision.
Mr Garrett declined to comment further immediately after
learning of the judgment in favour of Humane Society International.
"I don't propose to further comment on it until I've
actually had a chance to see the details of the judge's decision," he
told reporters in Canberra.
"I think it's appropriate for private organisations and
individuals to take up where they can through the legal system those
issues of concern to them.
"The commonwealth wasn't a party to this case but our
intention to continue to have an overall, holistic and fair-dinkum
approach to opposing Japanese so-called scientific whaling is
US offers Alaskan oil, gas exploration rights
The United States Government says it will
offer exploration rights for oil and gas in a north-western region of
Alaska, prompting protests by environmental groups.
The Federal Minerals Management Service says the
concessions cover about 120,000 square kilometres of the Chukchi Sea,
which separates north-western Alaska from north-eastern Siberia.
The service says exploration will not be allowed to take
place any closer than 80 kilometres from the shoreline, therefore
striking a balance between development and protection of coastal
But ecologists say any further exploration could have a
major impact on marine life, with polar bears one of the hardest hit
Country star back at home
October 23, 2007 12:00am
THEY made beautiful music together - and a daughter -
now the ex-wife of the late John Denver has returned to live in Sydney
and follow her own country singing dreams.
Cassandra Delaney Denver, who remained friendly with her former husband
until his death in a plane crash a decade ago, has relocated from her
long-time residence in Malibu to start a new life in Woolloomooloo.
The attractive actor and performer slipped home two months ago for the
happy occasion of her brother Matt and his bride, Kate Simpkin's
Despite the breakdown of her relationship with the acclaimed singer
songwriter, Denver's sister-in-law told Confidential "Cassie still had
a beautiful friendship with (John). He still came over every week to
The pair fell in love in Sydney, after being introduced at the old
Sebel Town House by showbiz king, Kevin Jacobsen.
The Rocky Mountain High man made Delaney his back-up singer so they
tour the world and be together.
When their marriage foundered, Denver described the split "as the most
painful experience of my life.''
His tragic and unexpected death, when his home-made plane ditched off
the coast of California in October 1997, devastated her.
Shunning media attention, she quietly released her own CD, Give It Up
To Love, four years ago, inspired by the relationship.
Denver's daughter is understood to have inherited her parents' creative
genes, enrolling in a Sydney arts college, majoring in drawing.
Delaney Denver is said to be keen to perform at this year's Tamworth
Country Music Festival and actively looking for work.
TO REPLACE STEVE IRWIN MEMORIAL PLAQUE
THE Boonah Shire Council has offered to replace a Steve
Irwin Memorial Plaque which was stolen from a local park.
The plaque was erected in the Boonah Bicentennial Park
in October last year by a group of John Denver enthusiasts who visit
the Shire each year to plant trees and pay tribute to the late American
singer and conservationist.
Group co-ordinator Helen Demnar says each year the Higher
Ground Australia Friends of John Denver group reflects on other
significant events and last year chose to remember the life and work of
another passionate conservationist, Steve Irwin by dedicating a plaque.
The Council became aware on Wednesday that the plaque
has gone missing and Mayor John Brent says the Council quickly decided
to pay for a replacement.
“While this is not essentially a Council matter, the
Council has offered to replace the plaque and ensure that it is
securely fastened,” says Cr Brent.
“This is the sort of quick response that local
government can provide to their local community and we are happy to
help a group which visits the Shire annually and makes a positive
contribution to our community through regular tree plantings.
“The natural environment is a major asset of the Boonah
Shire, which is home to a multitude of National Parks, some of which
are World Heritage listed.
“These parks attract many visitors and new residents to
the area. Both John Denver and Steve Irwin were passionate about the
environment and conservation, as are we.”
Mrs Demnar, who lives locally, says the group welcomed
the Council’s offer of a replacement plaque as they could not have
afforded to replace it otherwise.
“That is fantastic, I hadn’t even thought to approach
the Council so it’s just wonderful to have the offer the group will be
over the moon,” says Mrs Demnar.
“We are a group of about 60 members but we exist only on
donations so we probably wouldn’t have replaced the plaque, it would
have cost quite a bit as it was stainless steel and had a sandstone
The plaque said: ‘This tree was planted by Higher Ground
Australia - Friends of John Denver in memory of Steve Irwin Wildlife
Mrs Demnar says the group, with the help of Council,
will ensure the new plaque is more secure.
Research reveals grim outlook for koalas
Tuesday May 1
Koalas are likely to be extinct in urban areas within 20
years, and humans are largely to blame, a koala researcher has warned.
The marsupials are being killed off by cars, dogs and a
dwindling habitat, Gail Gipp, wildlife hospital manager at Steve
Irwin's Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, said on Tuesday.
Ms Gipp said the brigalow belt forests of inland and
eastern Queensland were disappearing at an alarming rate with up to 21
football fields a day cleared for farming until broad scale clearing of
vegetation was phased out in the state the end of last year.
About 19,000 koalas died each year in the brigalow belt,
"If we don't wake up to ourselves and local councils
don't wake up to themselves and we stop looking at the almighty dollar
and look at the animals around us, we are going to lose our animal
icons in 20 years," Ms Gipp said from Blackbutt in south-east
"There's no ifs, or buts, but when."
Researchers from the wildlife hospital and Wildlife
Warriors - founded by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who died last year
- are tracking 12 male koalas, fitted with radio collars in the area.
Ms Gipp said the koalas would be traced in the first
phase of the project over the coming weeks, with field work continuing
until at least the start of September.
"We are actually releasing some hand-raised animals and
also some animals that have come in some time ago due to some large
scale injury or illness," she said.
"There have been studies done in urban areas before on
the success of hand-raising koalas and we are doing this study in a
"So we are hoping to see there is definitely a reason
for releasing koalas back into rural areas, rather than releasing them
into urban areas where their lifespan might not be as long."
Ms Gipp said male koalas had it particularly tough,
leaving their mothers at an early age and having to compete with other
males for territory and females.
"They come to grief a lot more often because they have
to travel much further afield than what they would normally have to
do," she said.
filled with burning bright lights will be a thing of the past if
Sunrise and the Australian Conservation Foundation have their way. The
Lights Off Australia campaign was launched today on Sunrise, urging
Australians to turn off lights they don’t need.
The first Wednesday of each
month has been designated Lights Off Australia night, when residents
switch off lights and businesses turn off lights that aren’t required
The national initiative is
part of Cool The Globe and kicks off on Wednesday 7 March 2007.
"We're being realistic. We're
not asking people to go without lights when they need them. All we’re
saying is if you’re not using a light then turn it off,” said Sunrise
Executive Producer Adam Boland.
“This whole campaign is about
cutting down energy wastage. While we’re starting with just one day per
month, we genuinely hope this event starts to change people’s habits
and it becomes part of everyday life."
ACF’s Don Henry says
commercial buildings use around a third of all electricity in cities,
contributing to Australia’s rising greenhouse emissions.
“Businesses can stop wasting
energy and help tackle climate change by making sure the lights go off
every night when the cleaners leave, by upgrading their lighting
control systems and by asking their energy retailer to switch them over
Australians are also being
urged to turn off appliances left on standby – leaving mobile phone
chargers, TVs and microwaves on standby accounts for up to 10% of the
average household’s electricity use.
Residents and businesses that
participate in Lights Off Australia will be acknowledged on Sunrise.
This came a few days ago
and I am sending this through before the newsletter is released as I
believe that there are very few seats available for this luncheon and
For bookings for people
please contact Suzanne SROSE@PA.NET
as a credit card payment will be accepted.
PINE CREEK COOKHOUSE PRESENTS
with the Vision”
SPECIAL LUNCHEON AND MUSICAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE DVD RELEASE OF JOHN
OCTOBER 11, 2007, 11 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
THE PINE CREEK COOKHOUSE,
CO (APPROX. 13 MILES FROM ASPEN)
AN OPEN CASH BAR, BUFFET LUNCH, AND
FOR A FREE AMERICAN CHILD DVD!
CHECK OR MONEY ORDER BY SEPT. 20, 2007
CARD PAYMENTS BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT ONLY.)
COOKHOUSE OWNER AND EMMY AWARD-WINNING AMERICAN CHILD DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
INCLUDE CHRIS COLLINS, MARK CORMICAN, KEVIN DELMOLINO, PAUL SWANTON,
MAYBE SOME OTHER SURPRISE GUESTS!
WILL ALSO HAVE A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
TO VIEW AND
THE “AMERICAN CHILD” DVD
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REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION, OR TO INQUIRE
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the cookhouse website at www.pinecreekcookhouse.com
TO THIS EVENT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
PARKING SPACE IS LIMITED.
TO BENEFIT THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (ANWR)
December 2006 Irwin's
to air in January
Sunday, January 21, The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet will
simultaneously air "The Steve Irwin Tribute," as well as his last TV
project "Ocean's Deadliest."
"Ocean's Deadliest," Irwin is joined by oceanographer and adventurer
Philippe Cousteau (grandson of the famous oceanographer Jacques
Cousteau) as they explore the waters between Australia's Gold Coast and
the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout this expedition, Philippe and Steve
come face to face with venomous fish, huge great white sharks and
amazing saltwater crocodiles as they search for the region's most
who was aboard Croc One with Irwin during the expedition when he was
struck and killed by a stingray, narrates the 90-minute documentary.
Steve Irwin Tribute" is an intimate look at the life of the Crocodile
Hunter as a father, friend, icon and conservationist through the eyes
of those who knew him best.
along with family and friends will share personal stories about the
beloved Crocodile Hunter.
Steve Irwin Tribute" and "Ocean's Deadliest" will air Sunday, January
21, 2007 beginning at 8 p.m.
Wolf Blass Eagle
This is the Eagle we are sponsoring.
Stuart Macgill & Soren
Wolf Blass Launch
Stuart MacGill proved that
he can put a spin on more than just a cricket ball today when he
delivered his own spin on Australian wine at the SCG, launching Wolf
Blass’ Summer of Cricket.
Wolf Blass, the Official
Wine Sponsor of the Australian Cricket team, has enlisted the services
of MacGill to encourage people to consider enjoying a glass of wine
while watching the wickets fall this summer.
While MacGill’s big
turning leg break and record of 198 test wickets are well documented,
less well known is his passion for wine and the impressive stats of his
wine collection. Housed in his own underground cellar, Stuart’s wine
collection boasts more than 1,500 red and white wines from regions all
MacGill guided his three
team mates, Brad Haddin, Stuart Clark and Phil Jaques, through a wine
tasting, showcasing a variety of Wolf Blass wines, including the 2003
Platinum Label, recently voted World’s Best Shiraz for 2006. He also
welcomed an avian friend, the Wolf Blass Eagle, to the SCG.
Stuart MacGill said he was
excited to be involved with the cricket program for Wolf Blass because
it combined two of his great passions: cricket and wine.
“Wolf Blass is an
international award winner that like the Australian Cricket team seeks
success on the global stage.
In many ways, Wolf Blass
is the cricketing equivalent of an all rounder, whether it is a casual
barbecue with mates or a special night out with your partner, there’s a
Wolf Blass wine that you know will punch above its weight in value and
quality,” said MacGill.
The details of the three
Twilight games of Cricket that Wolf Blass will be staging in
partnership with Triple M were also announced.
Games will take place in
Brisbane (November 20), Sydney (November 28) and Melbourne (December
7). Wine tasting will be offered at the match and spectators will have
the opportunity to see MacGill, Triple M Cage members and celebrities
play in a relaxed game of cricket.
Wolf Blass is also
providing an opportunity for Aussies to get one up on the Poms this
summer with a virtual cheer squad allowing fans to create their own
chant and send it on to friends. The Brits can do the same, and a
scoreboard will keep a tally of which team has the strongest online
cheer squad. People can join the action at www.chantforyourarmy.com
There are also three major
prizes of a first class trip to the Caribbean to be given away through
an on pack promotion across the Wolf Blass Eaglehawk, Red and Yellow
Label ranges. The prize will also include dinner with three members of
the Australian Cricket Team.
Wolf Blass has been the
Wine Sponsor of the Australian Cricket team since 2001.
<> IT'S enough to
make you think
twice about the safest place to store your eggs on the way home from
the supermarket. A creative bird has chosen
a spot under the bonnet of a Land Rover to build a nest for her four
eggs rather than in the more traditional tree branch.
The 4WD's owner, Alan Cole,
of Garfield in Melbourne's outer southeast, found the nest, believed to
be that of a blackbird, on Friday after attempting to give Hillview
Aged Care home's bus a jump start.
Mr Cole, the secretary of the
home's board, said he was surprised to find the nest of twigs, straw
and feathers in between his car's window washer container and air
He said he wouldn't
drive the 4WD again until the eggs had hatched. "It looks like I'm
going to have a hire car for a couple of weeks," he said.
Wright path to peace Cheryl Critchley 10 June 2006
AT just 20, Tim Wright's social
justice resume is bursting at the seams.
Mr Wright's activism started
at Bellarine Secondary College, where as school captain he started a
He sponsored a child from Gambia, after trips to Asia
and Russia opened his eyes to international problems.
"When I was 16 I lived in Russia for six months on an
exchange," he said.
"I think that's probably given me a broader perspective
Now a Melbourne University law student, Mr Wright set up
his own peace lobby group in 2004 at just 19.
The Peace Organisation of Australia (www.poa.org.au)
promotes peace through education rather than direct action.
This month it will present its first Australian Peace
Prize to anti-nuclear expert Dr Helen Caldicott.
Mr Wright, who is nominated for a Pride of Australia
peace medal, has also worked with the United Nations Youth Association
and edited a social justice book.
Proceeds of Time for Change, a series of essays by
prominent Australians, will go to Oxfam Australia.
With two other students, Mr Wright is now setting up the
Australian Journal of Peace Studies, an electronic journal. Next year
this dedicated activist plans to travel to the US with human rights
"What I'm hoping to do . . . is to work on death row
cases in probably Texas," he said.
Last year's projects included what is billed as the
world's largest peace flag. The rainbow coloured flag is 120m long and
Mr Wright hopes to bring it out each year to promote the
International Day of Peace, which is on September 21.
"We had a trivia night that I organised and that raised
most of the money that we needed," he says.
"It was all sewn in my bedroom."
IF you know an unsung community hero in the areas of
bravery, courage, young Aussie, community spirit, role model, mateship,
environment, fair go, peace or true blue lifetime, nominate them for a
Pride of Australia Medal at www.heraldsun.com.au or
www.news.com.au/prideofaustralia. Unsuccessful 2005 candidates can be
Illawarra Folk Club News The local Country music
Association have a
John Denver Show on
Saturaday June 17th
at Daptos Citizens Bowling Club.
It starts at 7pm and admission is free.
If any one goes along please send us a review.
Higher Ground Australia strongly supports
the below, not with funds but with the common goal of keeping items out
of land fill. We know John would have supported this as well.
*WHAT IS FREECYCLE(TM) ABOUT?
First, what Freecycle is NOT about.
Freecycle is NOT about giving only to the poor. It is NOT about getting as much free stuff as we can. It is NOT about getting things to earn money on the side. It is NOT about getting rid of junk that would be better off in the landfill. It is NOT about posting a "wish list" for expensive items and expecting a fairy godmother to fulfill it for us. It is NOT a community bulletin board for finding rentals, dentists, mechanics, or advertising our businesses and services or special events.
What Freecycle IS about
Freecycle IS about keeping things out of the landfill. It IS about giving away something that has no use in our life anymore to someone who could extend its usefulness a little longer. It IS about giving gifts to people while clearing out our own clutter. It IS about creating, building, and sustaining an environmentally aware community.
Offering Items We No Longer Need to Those Who Need Them
When we post an OFFER, we are offering to give someone a gift. It is up to us to give this gift to whoever we feel would be the best recipient. We are not obligated to give our gift to someone who is rich, poor, single, married, has no kids, has 1 kid, has 15 kids, has a car, doesn't have a car, or has a purple octopus named George living in their backyard. We can choose the most polite, the rudest, the funniest, or the shortest response to receive our gift. We can put their names in a hat and do a draw, or we can wave our magic fingers over our screens and pick one that way. We can choose the first, 3rd, or 53rd respondent. We can wait 24 hours and then decide. It is up to us.
Letting Other People Know What We Need
When we post a WANTED message, or respond to an offer, we are requesting a gift. The odds are that no one on this list will be able to give us what we are asking for. But sometimes somebody will see a WANTED for a bowling ball and go "AHA! I have one in my closet!" But, you know what? Just because we are rich, poor, single, married, have no kids, have 1 kid, have 15 kids, have a car, don't have a car, or have a purple octopus named George living in our backyard, does not mean we are more worthy of receiving a gift from a fellow Freecycle member than the average person living down the street.
Sending emails that don't say "please" or "thank you" are a way to not receive an item. Sending emails with nasty comments in them are one way to find ourselves in a bit of trouble.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN FREECYCLE
When you want to find a new home for something -- whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door -- you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of your Freecycle group.
Or, maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member's offer, and you just might get it. After that, it's up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure. You can even post a Wanted message to the group because somebody might have just the exact thing you really need stored away in a closet.
One main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.
YOU ARE BUILDING A COMMUNITY BY PARTICIPATING
We are part of a community. In every community, there are people who don't get along. And in most communities, when two people don't get along, they just avoid each other. To do that on Freecycle, all you have to do is set up a filter to send any email from someone you don't want to hear from straight into your trash bin. If you need help with that, let the moderators know and they can help you.
So, just remember: If you're offering a gift, it's up to you to decide who gets it.
And if you're requesting a gift...well, be patient. Your turn will come eventually, but if you're not careful your name could end up on a 'will not give to' list. You may want to try making an OFFER to the list, just to see how the process works. Look in your closet or in that box you haven't unpacked since you moved in two years ago. Prime stuff for Freecycle!
Above all - keep on keeping "stuff" out of the landfill! If you have any comments or questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks So Much! Lynn Owner/Mod Werribee Freecycle
Cast from left to right:
Terry Burrell, Jennifer Allan, Valisia Lekae Little, Jim Newman,
Nicholas Rodriguez, Lee Morgan
Please click on the cast picture to see more pictures.
Gentle Voice From Aspen This song is
Sung by Steven Wiseman
Written by Bill Neal as a tribute to John Denver All I can say it is a beautiful song ,
have your tissues ready a whole box full!!
Thank you to Linda for making us aware of the website.
Click here to hear Steven sing Gentle
Voice From Aspen
and Jennifer got married on September 25th 2004
left, Gary Penington, Charles Johnston, Linda Johnston, Jim Turner and
Jim and Connie Rockelmann enjoy dinner at the home of Annie Denver in
Aspen on Sept. 24. The Johnston’s daughter Jenny married Denver’s son,
Zachary Deutschendorf, on Sept. 25.
It's not often that
Durangoans get to attend a glamourous wedding in Aspen. But when Charles
and LindaJohnston's daughter Jennifer
married Annie and the late John Denver's son, Zachary
Deutschendorf, several locals
made the trip.
The couple met while studying
at Fort Lewis College.
And while there was a hint of
show biz, it was mostly
the same as any wedding - personal, loving vows between a young couple
beginning their lives together.
Locals who made the trip
and Cheryl Smallsreed, Mick and Bridget
Stowers, Amanda and Kendrick
Williamson, Jim Turner, Gary
Penington, and Don Degani. Degani is one of
the bride's mother's oldest friends.
Jim and Connie
also made the trip. Their daughter Sarah was one of
The night before the wedding,
Annie Denver had a
Mexican-themed party at her home, and the actual nuptials took place on
Saturday at the Elk Mountain Lodge, a spectacular setting in an already
Linda Johnston's favorite
moment came when the groom
started down the aisle to his father's "Sunshine on My Shoulder," and
the sun came out. As soon as the song finished, it went back behind the
At the same time the
Deutschendorf's were celebrating
their union, Kevin Costner was marrying Christine Baumgartner in the
Talk about a "Rocky
Mountain High." Source:http://www.durangoherald.com/
Far-Out John Denvers "Definitive All-Time
Greatest Hits" Has blitzed the charts This is what Jochen has
found out Yes, they made it!! John
Denver's "Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits" cracked the Billboard Top
200 Album charts, and he entered at No. 52 today! If my memory does not
fail me, this is the highest chart position since "The Best of John
Denver Live" peaked at No. 52 a few weeks after his accident. And it
is, I believe, the highest chart position since "Seasons of the Heart"
reached No. 39 or so in 1982. Anybody who is undecided yet: You will
buy this album anyway, because the sound quality is unmatched. The
original recordings (and some that are actually different, listen to
"Rocky Mountain High") sound much better than on any CD with RCA
material that you may already have. So, buy it now, move John a little
bit higher on the album charts. This may be the only way to encourage
BMG/RCA to put even more pressure on their campaign to release further
John Denver CDs and DVDs with rare or reworked material in the next
USA # 52 Top 200 Albums ,
# 9 Country Albums UK # 21 (last week # 23,
the week before # 19) The Netherlands # 19 Ireland # 45 Australia # 37 Album
Charts and # 2 Country Albums Canada # 82 Thanks Jochen
It just makes sense - John Denver and kids!
Description: John Denver’s poignant lyrics of the birth of a
dolphin are both a lullaby and a paean to "dolphin kind," as adapted in
this gorgeous picture book. Denver embraces the unique, almost mystical
quality of a baby dolphin as "giving hope to life as all we must."
Hardback edition includes the musical score and a CD of John Denver
singing this beautiful song.
John Denver's love for dolphins, which he expressed in his hauntingly
beautiful lullaby Ancient Rhymes has taken on new life in the form of a
lavishly illustrated picture book that will be a lovely dream maker for
children and adults alike. The book is the second in the John Denver's
And Kids Book Series, following the highly successful Sunshine On My
Shoulders. The series is intended to bring Denver's heartfelt
environment themes to children. Both books are illustrated by award
winning artist Chistopher Canyon.
CD RELEASE: A Song's Best Friend:
The Very Best of JOHN DENVER
Thirty years ago John Denver
wrote what is arguably one of the most requested love songs ever,
'Annie's Song', for his then-wife Annie Denver after the near break up
of their marriage. It sold more than a million copies hitting the
number one spot simultaneously in the U.S and the U.K. This September,
it is exactly 30 years since Annie's Song topped the charts.