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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 02:39
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Rescued dogs shot over COVID fears, to prevent their handlers travelling to another area.

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/au...ictions-report
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 03:07
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Life is tough in the outback.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 05:53
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They got it wrong again, it was the volunteers who were shot, the dogs are just fine.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 06:29
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Disgusting, primitive response by Bourke Shire officials.
No excuse for it.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 07:35
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I lived in Bourke. The Aboriginal population there is potentially in dire straights if COVID gets a hold there (there have already been 7 infections picked up in the last few days after being able to be COVID free up until now). Vaccination rates are very low in the town (mostly because there was no vaccine), the aboriginal community mostly lives in very closed conditions and they have a much lower standard of health than the average in Australia. It is an isolated part of the world (at least compared to what people in the UK and US think of as isolated). The nearest major hospital is nearly 400km away.

If it takes off I fear the results will be dire for the aboriginal community there.

I am not saying there could have been a better way of dealing with this but knowing how news often gets a wrong take on the actual state of affairs and doesn't know the full story, I would not be surprised if this decision may have been seen by those who made the call as the lesser of two evils.

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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 07:51
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I was initially quite surprised as to why this would even be on the Fox news radar. After all how many rescue dogs get put down every day in Australia because they can't be found homes? So when I scrolled down the comments it became obvious. This is but one example and indicative of the Fox news demographic:

It's hard to get real foreign news in America, but Australians have been confined to their homes by the police and military, are being detained in prison camps for protesting mandates and the citizens are on the verge of open rebellion. The GOP Congress in 2022 should ship arms to Australian freedom fighters.
and this:

they cant. they foolishly surrendered their guns in the 90's after one mass shooting....they are now essentially an enslaved people.
Clearly Bourke and Cobar are to be the centre for the Make Australia Great Again movement.

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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 08:46
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If there's a choice between people and pets then the decision should be clear.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 08:58
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The whole point is it is not a either/or situation. There are so many options for a safe transfer of the dogs to the rescue organisation that do not involve physical contact with the local community.
All it needs is some will to achieve it, rather than a knee jerk reaction from council staff.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 09:52
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Originally Posted by rjtjrt View Post
There are so many options for a safe transfer of the dogs to the rescue organisation that do not involve physical contact with the local community.
Is that a solution? Is the rescue organisation resourced for a sudden intake of all these dogs? If you support this would you finance them or is it someone else's problem?
Or will the dogs eventually have to be destroyed anyway?
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 10:00
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Having spent a bit of time working in and around Bourke, I have to agree with Jonkster. The problems there are far greater than a few unfortunate dogs, and the danger of transmission to the local community from a well-meaning but infected dog-rescuer would be too great to run the risk. The conditions there are quite different to those enjoyed by us in the cities.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 10:22
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I have family in Aus. What has happened to that wonderful country.
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Originally Posted by Sallyann1234 View Post
Is that a solution? Is the rescue organisation resourced for a sudden intake of all these dogs? If you support this would you finance them or is it someone else's problem?
Or will the dogs eventually have to be destroyed anyway?
The article referenced also pointed to a Syd Morning Herald article
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/...x=1629603022-1
The rescue organisation in Cobar were organised to take them. They are a no kill rescue group.
https://www.nynganobserver.com.au/st...estern-region/
Yes I am willing to finance them in concert with others. So, no it is not other people’s problem.
And no, future dogs will not have to be destroyed anyway.

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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 10:54
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If they can really deal with the dogs without risking the spread of covid, then good luck to them. I'm sure they will find your contribution invaluable.
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 11:08
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Thanks for your support. However, you seem to have missed the thrust of the issue - the dogs have already been killed.
No point in continuing this between us any longer. I must not feed the troll!
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Originally Posted by Sallyann1234 View Post
If there's a choice between people and pets then the decision should be clear.
Absolutely, starting with the people who make these sort of decisions! 😒
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 11:47
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While over in the Northern Territory, camp dogs are regularly culled in an attempt to improve the health of the locals.

Hint: Camp dogs are not as cute, cuddly and well cared for as the dogs pictured in the article. Although there are schemes to rehome some, they only get the tip of the iceberg.
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Couldn't the Brits send over the Extinction Rebellion people to help them out?
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Old 23rd Aug 2021, 13:57
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Originally Posted by rjtjrt View Post
Thanks for your support. However, you seem to have missed the thrust of the issue - the dogs have already been killed.
No point in continuing this between us any longer. I must not feed the troll!
According to your link in nynganobserver,
the rescue organisation is still taking in dogs and is actually expanding its operation.

Presumably they are the people you offered to help, and I trust they will be observing all necessary covid precautions.

No need for you to feed trolls, you can help to feed the dogs.
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Old 24th Aug 2021, 00:31
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rescue dogs
Or "rescued" dogs.
Big difference
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Old 24th Aug 2021, 06:46
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I have family in Aus. What has happened to that wonderful country
It still is a wonderful country and I'm hard pressed to think of anywhere else I'd rather live, all things considered. Have our problems as all do of course.
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