Ban Noisy Festival That is Killing Koalas

Animals

Target: Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia

Goal: Ban or move loud festival that causes koalas to leave their homes and die.

Scientists believe koalas are dying off in massive numbers because music from a local festival is causing them a great amount of stress. We need to try and ensure this festival is moved or banned in order to save as many koalas as possible.

Twenty koalas died not long after a study was conducted to try and determine how the noise affected them. Another published study revealed koalas living in the area left while the festival was taking place, most likely to find a quieter place to live.

While moving may be a viable solution for many animals, doing so is a dangerous plight for the koala. They risk being attacked by wild dogs, or even by other koalas. In addition, they easily become sick and are more susceptible to catching diseases because the eucalyptus leaves they consume on a daily basis do not provide them with a lot of energy.

Although the people who hold the Byron Bay Bluesfest deny noise from the festival is hurting koalas, they do admit that many of the animals have died as a result of either becoming diseased or because they were attacked by wild dogs, helping to prove the point that koalas encounter several problems and oftentimes die when they move to other locations.

Demand this festival be moved or banned in order to spare the lives of other koalas. If we don’t do something now, they may soon all be extinct.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Hunt,

Scientists believe koalas are dying because noise from the Byron Bay Bluesfest is stressing them out. This festival needs to be moved to a more appropriate location or banned in order to ensure that koalas can continue to thrive.

One study showed that almost all of the koalas that lived near the festival grounds died shortly after it was held. Another study showed that all of the koalas living in a particular area left to find new homes while the festival was taking place.

Unlike many other animals, koalas are not nomadic. Therefore, moving to a new location causes them a great amount of stress. Not only is there a chance that they will be attacked by dogs while trying to relocate, but they may also have adverse encounters with other koalas. Just as bad, their low energy levels as a result of eating eucalyptus leaves makes it so they are much more vulnerable to becoming sick and getting serious diseases whenever those energy levels are rapidly expended. In relation, people who hold the festival purport several koalas have died from wild dog attacks and as a result of being plagued by various diseases, making it highly probable that noise pollution from the festival was the cause of many of the animals’ deaths.

I therefore urge you to support moving or banning this festival in an effort to try and spare other koalas from the same horrible fate. If we do nothing, these beautiful animals will likely continue to quickly die off.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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21 Comments

  1. Heather Brophy says:

    Greg, ARE YOU THAT GREEDY,CRUEL AND IGNORANT? I GUESS SO!

  2. Your festival is far less important than the lives of the Koalas and other sylvan animals who get frightened not only by the music but fireworks as well.

  3. GREG HUNT, Minister for the Environment, AUSTRALIA
    Greg.Hunt.MP@environment.gov.au

    Although you guys are aware that the people who hold the Byron Bay Bluesfest deny noise from the festival is hurting koalas, they do admit that many of the ANIMALS HAVE DIED as a result of either becoming diseased or because they were attacked by wild dogs.

    IT IS HIGH TIME DO SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT THIS – MOVE OR BAN THIS NOISY FESTIVAL IN AN EFFORT TO SPARE OTHER KOALAS FROM THIS TERRIBLE FATE – IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT PEOPLE. YOU ARE KNOWINLY KILLING KOALAS. SHAME ON YOU ALL WITH YOUR LOUD MUSIC.

  4. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals.” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection of man from the cruelty of man.” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  5. It’s a no-brainer really as humans can easily relocate to another more suitable site whereas the koalas cannot, so please move the festival so as to avoid unnecessary stress and deaths to the koalas. We should treasure our native animals, not cause them harm.

  6. Selfish, selfish humans, again! It’s the same as with increasing number of, and larger-every-year, fireworks displays. When do humans EVER use some forethought, or even hindsight, if it ‘infringes’ upon THEIR frivolous wishes, AS IF they’ll die without such stupid events?!! Nope…better that some OTHER type of creature suffers, and to hell with them or what that may do to any ecological balance. Humans are dumb and insensitive as posts.

  7. Kathryn Lezenby says:

    The festival can move, the koalas can’t. Where the festival is held is a life or death matter for the koalas, not for the people running or attending the festival.

  8. Noise affects us all! Why would you ever want to deliberately hurt harmless, defenseless animals??? The solution is so simple: MOVE THE FESTIVAL!

  9. I do not understand how people can enjoy, let alone watch any living thing being tortured, terrified or being mistreated in any way. Please lets put an end to the pigs on ice.

  10. Humans are constantly finding ways to destroy mother nature and tranquility. Stop being so selfish and start respecting all forms of life that exist on this planet. It doesn’t hurt to be kind and considerate! All life is sacred and important. Move or ban festivals that cause harm to animals!

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