5 May, 2010

    ‘Today is the beginning of a new era of consultation between the original guardians of our land and government and institutional decision makers.  The formation of AAFNAS will provide us with the opportunity to influence future policy for Australia’s unique flora and fauna.’

    The concept of AAFNAS was born in Canberra on 10th November 2008 in response to the continuing massacres of landlocked kangaroos in the ACT without consultation with the Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples and local communities, and the arrest and prosecution of six Aboriginal people who were performing a smoking and healing ceremony.  Since European arrival in 1788 far too many species of mammals, birds and plants have become extinct.  This destruction of animals and land continues at a relentless speed.

     The aims of AAFNAS are:

    ·   To educate the Australian and international communities about our unique native flora and fauna.  This includes the Aboriginal concepts of caring for country, natural resources and all life past, present and future.

    ·    To link Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and international supporters to work together to help native species and their carers both locally and nationally.

    ·   To tap into the ancient and intimate knowledge held by the Aboriginal people and build a grass roots national organisation.

    ·    To re-establish land rights and allocate the resources necessary to establish carers’ centres/safe tracts of land for native species along the dreaming tracks.

    Eric Craigie concluded by inviting other Indigenous groups to join with AAFNAS and become a unified voice for our land and our future.

The Australian Alliance For Native Animal Survival Committee

    Glenda Wenck (Secretary), Ray Ferguson (Vice President) Eric Craigie (President) George Dingo (Treasurer)

    For media enquiries phone Eric Craigie on 0402 709 913

Aboriginal Kangaroo Legends and Attitudes

Many are the legends connected with the kangaroo. When it arrived in Australia with its companions on the canoe of the Whale its legs were uniform in length. It walked on all four legs, as a dingo walks. One generation was succeeded by another, and still the Kangaroo browsed on the plains, using his legs in the normal manner.

Then came Man the hunter, eager for meat, with threatening spear-thrower and spear that could travel faster than any four-legged animal.

Kangaroo was resting in the shade of a tree when his sensitive ears picked up the sound of something approaching stealthily. He bounded to his feet and saw it was a Man--and that Man had a weapon against which he was defenceless. The only thing to do was to take refuge in flight. Kangaroo had seen that the strange creature threatening him with a throwing implement had only two legs. He felt confident that his four legs would carry him out of danger without difficulty.

He had underestimated his enemy. Man proved swift and strong. His two legs were longer than Kangaroo's four legs, and more strongly muscled. They carried Man tirelessly for hour after hour. No matter how he extended himself, Kangaroo was unable to increase his lead. He was saved only by the setting sun and the darkness that fell on the earth.

Exhausted by his exertions, Kangaroo fell wearily to the ground. Presently he lifted his head. A bright light had appeared in the darkness. Man had kindled a fire to warm himself in the cold night air. Cautiously Kangaroo edged back, rose to his feet, and tiptoed away from the revealing light of the camp fire. In order to make no sound, he rose on his hind legs and in this manner managed to escape.

Presently he realised that he was using only two legs instead of four, just as Man had done during the long pursuit. It was an unusual sensation. He experimented further, and found he could cover the ground more quickly by hopping instead of walking or running. Using his tail to balance himself, he was able to leap further, much further than a Man could stride. It was such an exhilarating experience that he has kept on doing it ever since.

His forelegs and paws were of little use. They grew smaller, while his hind legs grew longer and stronger, and they have remained like that to this very day.

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Aboriginal Tent Embassy Outraged with Kangaroo Massacre

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy demands for an immediate stop to the massacre of aboriginal animals at Googong Dam in the A.C.T. Environment ACT described the shooting of 800-1000 eastern grey kangaroos at Googong Dam as ‘operation success’. The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is vocalizing the uproar from the Aboriginal community, which has been traumatized by the recent massacre of the kangaroos. "They same way they killed our old people, dig a big hole and put all their bodies in it, we still feel their spirits. Its too," said Lorna Laurie, resident of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

"This massacre is a desecration of Aboriginal law and spirituality, to kill so many creatures, for no good reason, and just dump their poor carcasses in the ground is an abomination of these ancient laws" declared another embassy resident Arinya Freeman. "Even though the government is saying they have completed the cull we can’t be sure they are not planning to massacre more kangaroos - we want it all to end".

"We can’t see the reason for why this would need to happen. The reason being given is that there is not enough food or water for the kangaroos, but we know it’s for the expansion of development, farming and industry to perpetuate this economic system. Indigenous people from all over the world are facing genocide from this same system," stated Gungalidda elder Aunty Wadjurlabinna.

"The government do not care about the land or water, if they did care about the land and water then they wouldn’t be selling it all off to foreign corporation for mining, or cotton irrigation, they would close down the wood chip mills. They need to understand that the kangaroos have been living in this country long before they came so they have more rights to use the water then anyone" said enraged embassy resident Terra Freire.

Under section 116 of the Constitution, the Commonwealth cannot use its powers to prohibit freedom of religion. "This land has its own law, this other law is foreign it belongs to a foreign system, not our system, people had better come to learn, respect and understand our system, the kinship system. We are sovereign people of this land and our law is sovereign in this land. To continue to violate these ancient laws of Aboriginal culture, to disregard Aboriginal natural and spiritual law, while contradicting the constitution, is further perpetuating genocide against indigenous people" continued Aunty Wadjurlabinna.

"Under natural and spiritual law through the kinship system, the kangaroo is my mother and uncles. These disconnected people are killing my mother and uncles. They are part of the system like us, related to us the same as people, we are all equal under the rule of natural law, that binds us through our language, this is the Aboriginal way," stated Gungalidda elder Aunty Wadjurlabinna. "Genocide has taken many forms, this is another example of the genocide against our people and our lands and everything that makes our continent. The animals are part of us. The kangaroos and other indigenous animals are related to us through a unique and powerful system known as the kinship system. They are family. This system is made up of the rule of natural law and spirituality that has been in place since the dreamtime, the beginning of time. No one has the god given right to destroy these sacred animals."


Last month, an alliance of Aboriginal elders announced their intention to bring a constitutional law challenge against Australia’s kangaroo industry. The announcement follows efforts by the Federal Government to export kangaroo meat to China and Russia.