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Before Australia was settled by Europeans, Bilbies could be found in about 70% of the Australian mainland.

The female Bilby's pouch opens backwards to avoid filling with dirt while digging her burrow.

At only 14 days, the Bilby has one of the shortest gestation periods of all mammals.

Baby Bilbies are carried for the first 75 days in their mother's pouch.

The non-native foxes and feral cats prey on Bilbies and one of the causes for the Bilby decline.

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Australian Animals

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The Battery Hen Adoption Project

There's a wonderful Aussie organisation that helps people adopt production hens before they're slaughtered.

Hens are deemed unproductive between 16 and 18 months old and become pet food or compost. By law they cannot be sold for human consumption.

The Battery Hen Adoption Project in Queensland gives ex-battery chickens a second chance at life.

They look pretty awful when you first see them. However, with a little care and kindness the feathers grow back and they learn how to act like a real chicken should. And yes, they will also lay lots of eggs for your family as well.

I'm told they are very social and intelligent and make wonderful companion animals.

In England, the Battery Hen Welfare Trust has rescued and re-homed over 90,000 hens. Jamie Oliver is a patron of the Trust. I hope the Battery Hen Adoption Project in Australia becomes just as successful.

Australian Free Range Eggs Are Not So Free

While the European Union has banned barren battery cages throughout its 27 member countries beginning in 2012, Australia continues to allow the inhumane treatment.

Ah, but you say you eat "free range" eggs. You might be surprised to know that almost one third of eggs labelled "free range" are breaking the industry's own regulations according to figures published by AECL (Australian Egg Corporation Ltd.).

There are even plans in Australia to increase the density hens live in and still be called "free range" eggs. The AECL wants to go from 1,500 hens per hectare to 20,000 hens per hectare.

When does a decent profit turn into old fashioned greed?

For more information

  • Animal Welfare Labels website
    Excellent website helps reduce the confusion and guesswork when trying to read food labels. It's well worth a visit and your support.

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Australian Bilby
Takes Over for the Rabbit

It may come as a surprise to some people, but rabbits are not native to Australia. Because of the damage they do, they're unpopular here and some states even ban owning a rabbit.

For over 10 years the Foundation for a Rabbit-Free Australia has campaigned to replace the Easter Bunny with the Easter Bilby (Greater Bilby - Macrotis Lagotis). It is an important reminder to Australians of the plight of our native wildlife.

The Greater Bilby is on the endangered list living in the wild only in  the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and a small corner of south western Queensland.

We hope you'll visit the Save the Bilby Fund website and learn how you can support this endangered Australian animal.

Do your part to spread the word about this Aussie native and send our free Bilby Card.

Aussie Pet Organizations

To continue our animal theme, we'd like to share with you three interesting organizations . . .

Australian Support Dogs (ASDOG) is a registered charity that raises and trains dogs to assist people with physical disabilities.

Dogs Across Australia offers information and encourages the support of 'No Kill' Rescue Shelters across Australia and to rehome unwanted pets.

Lost Dogs Home  helps with pet adoptions and offers shelter to lost or abandoned pets. They also run the National Pet Register to help reunite lost pets with their owners.

Did you know . . .
There are an estimated 40 million kangaroos in Australia. That's more than when Australia was first settled and almost twice as many Aussies as there are in Australia today.

 

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