Animals

Gorilla murdered in Cincinnati zoo and more Zedlines

A western lowland gorilla named Harambe has been killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States following a child entering his enclosure. The situation has triggered outrage and questions about safety, with over two hundred thousand people signing a petition on change.org, calling for the parents to be held accountable and criticising the zoo for putting down the animal, whose species is endangered.

Gorilla murdered in Cincinnati zoo

A western lowland gorilla named Harambe has been killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States following a child entering his enclosure.

The situation has triggered outrage and questions about safety, with over two hundred thousand people signing a petition on change.org, calling for the parents to be held accountable and criticising the zoo for putting down the animal, whose species is endangered.

The parents have not been charged, but charges could eventually be laid by the county attorney.

Queensland Government welcomes plan to protect the Reef and more Zedlines

The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed the Federal Labor party’s announcement yesterday to invest $500 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Federal Labor’s investment would be directed by Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, Water Science Taskforce Report, the first comprehensive roadmap on how to reduce pollution in the Reef.

Prisoners release fast-tracked due to overcrowding

According to Correction Services opposition spokesman Tim Mander, Queensland prisoners are being rewarded with early release due to the Labour Government's failure to accommodate them in the state’s overcrowded prisons.

The LNP had budgeted approximately sixty-one million dollars to fund 600 beds across the state but so far only 100 have been delivered.

As a result, nine out of the eleven prisons are fast-tracking sentences to reduce the number of inmates being placed in temporary beds.

Artslink QLD announces closure and more Zedlines

Artslink Queensland, formerly the Queensland Arts Council announced last week it will close its curtains due to financial difficulties. Liquidators have blamed State and Federal government funding cuts and a large tax bill for the organisations closure. Image: Wikicommons

Artslink QLD announces closure

Artslink Queensland, formerly the Queensland Arts Council announced last week it will close its curtains due to financial difficulties.

Liquidators have blamed State and Federal government funding cuts and a large tax bill for the organisations closure.

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban and more Zedlines

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend. (Source: Wikicommons)

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban
Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend.

Ms Neville will meet with Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to discuss the State Government’s response to the violence.

Among the issues to be discussed will be the use of face masks as well as changes to police powers that prevents officers from stopping violent protests.

Turtlecare Sunshine Coast, QLD - taking care of all our turtles

May 23 is International Turtle Day. While turtles are wondrous and joyful creatures, they are also vulnerable and endangered in many places across the world. Volunteers up and down Australian coasts work to protect our turtles, each and every year, from land-based and ocean-based predators and dangers. But there are some simple things all of us can do. First of all, stop using plastic bags. Turtles accidently eat them, and I think we can all agree eating plastic bags isn’t good for anyone: animal or person.

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland, Farmers turning to welfare due to poor crop sales, Bill Cosby to stand trial for sex offense charges and more Zedlines

Age of consent laws to be changed in Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government has announced they are introducing legislation to standardise the Queensland’s age of consent.

Queensland is the only state to have different age restrictions for specific penetrative sexual acts. 

The disparity especially affects gay male teenagers who wish to access safe sexual practices and health information, as practitioners are forced to inform them of the illegality of specific acts if they are under 18.    

Is animal culling a health solution?

SARS, Hendra virus, avian influenza – these infectious diseases can be devastating. And in 70% of cases, the source of outbreaks of diseases like these is an animal. So, is culling wildlife the best way of protecting humanity from deadly viruses?
Dr Chris Degeling from the University of Sydney will be speaking at the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference tomorrow, but had time to talk with us about disease control and wildlife.

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Austria avoids far-right President and more 8am Zedlines

Austria has elected a new president, only narrowly avoiding becoming the first European Union state to vote in a far-right leader. (image source: Wikipedia)

Another 100 QLD school zone lights announced

Another 100 Queensland school zones will receive flashing school zone lights to improve safety for students travelling to and from school.

The announcement is part of a 12 million dollar commitment from the first Palaszczuk State Budget to install an extra 300 flashing signs over three years.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey says the flashing signs have been a resounding success with more than 600 installed in school zones across Queensland since 2011.

Dogs providing independence and freedom

Assistance Dogs Australia trains dogs to perform a range of tasks for people living with disabilities such as physical incapacities, autism, post-traumatic stress and dementia. Every assistance dog undergoes tailored training in order to provide people with freedom and independence, and to meet the individual needs of their new owner. It can take up to two years and costs over $30,000 to train each dog. But here's the amazing bit: assistance dogs are placed free of charge with their new owner for up to 10 years.

South African gold miners to sue mining companies and more Zedlines

A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work. (Source: Pixabay)

South African gold miners to sue mining companies
A high court judge has ruled thousands of South African gold miners and their families could pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over fatal respiratory diseases contracted at work.

The decision opens the way for the current and former miners to sue about 30 companies for damages, after suffering silicosis and tuberculosis from dangerous underground working conditions dating back decades.

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