Not Even... A Kurnell Of Truth - Part 1

rwsqThe Kurnell allegations have been described by many as a witch-hunt executed by the Board of WIRES to rid the volunteer organisation of a popular member, attack a branch BMC and smear as many of their associates as possible. The desire was to retain power and to seek revenge against those who had expressed criticism of the Board’s actions. Using donors' money, an investigation was conducted operating outside the WIRES Constitution and policies. Through it these critical members were targeted. This blatant abuse of power by the Board has angered members, fractured a well-loved organisation and caused mass volunteer resignations across the state.

Recap

Go to topGo straight to commentsAdd a commentThe first big change to the structure of WIRES since its inception was in 2007. By changing the constitution, a Board and a Council was created, replacing the State Management Committee (SMC). To change the Constitution a vote from 15% of the membership across 50% of the branches was required. The result of this vote has never been properly quantified. It is alleged that this requirement was not achieved and that the SMC Executive at the time fudged the numbers to bring in the new Constitution. WIRES had approximately 2150 members at the time and from this only 439 or 22% of the membership voted for the new Constitution. This was hardly a strong endorsement.

This new Constitution largely enshrined a governance system which gave the new Board discretionary and absolute power over all aspects of the organisation with the capacity to make many decisions in secret, hiding them from the larger, more representative, WIRES State Council. It also removed the restriction on the period of tenure of the Chair (the previous constitution limited this to 3 years). It ensured that members did not have the right to inspect the records of the organisation and set out a new provision for calling a special meeting - making it impossible for members to attain the numbers necessary to call one. The Council was identified in the constitution as the “guiding body” and the Board as the “governing body”.

In February 2008 the newly elected Board was made up of Stan Wood, Andrew Edwards, Merrilee Verhoeven, Margaret Clinton, Caroline Enfield, Sharon Pullman, James Watt, Rick Ulyatt, and Michael Byrne. Largely this was the same group of members who had been running WIRES since early 2000 as the then SMC. Representation on the SMC was “regional” in which 27 branches were divided into 15 regions to represent the membership. Under the new system, all but one of these newly elected Board members was from country branches. This meant that the Sydney area, with its massive population and multiple branches remained under represented. It worked for Joh!

Mr Lloyd is Fired

Chris Lloyd had been a WIRES volunteer member since 2000 and was employed by WIRES from 2003 – 2008 as the training officer and sometime acting Executive Officer. The training officer’s duties were to author a number of animal husbandry manuals, do presentations, prepare competency standards and prepare other materials - these still form the basis of WIRES' training structure and courses today. He also presented, on many occasions, the WIRES introductory training course - Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RICC). He also instructed the “Birds Beyond Basics” and the seabird courses for WIRES across NSW and in Queensland.

At the time of the new Constitution there were contentious debates brewing. The first being the WIRES Conservation Initiative proposed by Chris Lloyd and Trevor Maidment - they were both from WIRES South Branch, the latter being the WSC representative for that branch. This proposal was to develop a stand-alone WIRES entity which specifically targeted conservation initiatives as a logical off-shoot of animal rehabilitation. The proposal included land restoration for release habitat, breeding endangered species and practical activity around climate change. From the outset it was clear that the Board was opposed to this initiative for reasons that are unclear. What is clear though, from the reading of the WSC minutes from that time, is that most branches were not shown or given the time to discuss this proposal before a vote took place.

There were other significant disagreements taking place over operational decisions within the organisation, in particular, the decision to relocate the head office - another matter the Board was set against. The proposal to operate rescue vans, management accounting and WIRES involvement in the purchase of bulk food and husbandry equipment for members were also matters of contention.

At some time in 2007 Chris Lloyd’s very strong popularity was seen by the new Board as posing a potential threat to its power and this was the impetus for terminating his employment. Another was, with Mr Lloyd sacked, a Board member could take, and did take, Mr Lloyd's paid position with WIRES. Members were shocked and angered by the sacking. In response to this outcry Stan Wood stated the following at the May 2008 Council meeting:

“Board Statement— Stan read the following statement to the Council regarding the recent issue of the departure of Chris Lloyd as a staff member.
1.3.1 There have been concerns expressed recently by some members regarding the departure of Chris Lloyd from WIRES staff, and what effect that will have on the training direction in the future. This statement made on behalf of the Board is in response to those concerns. Although he is no longer on staff, Chris’ employment details are as with all other employees, confidential and not a subject for general discussion. In addition, part of the mutually negotiated Deed of Release includes a confidentiality clause. WIRES Board members will not breach that clause regardless of any actions by any other party. Suffice to say the decision was reached only after lengthy consideration and fully exploring every other reasonable alternative. Chris Lloyd is still a member of South Branch and will no doubt be every bit as available as he ever was to help members with queries on birds. Regarding ongoing training, the Board is determined to reinforce the original training targets.” And “Members can rest assured that all currently planned courses will go ahead whenever there are sufficient applicants to warrant the course being run.”

Practical Bird Skills Workshop – The Competition

The WIRES Advanced Birds Skill Course scheduled to run on 19 April 2008 was to be presented by Chris Lloyd (before his sacking in March 2008) along with qualified veterinarians. The course was cancelled by the Avian Standards Team without explanation and despite capacity bookings. The cancellation of this course caused some consternation amongst members involved in bird husbandry and there was a substantial debate on the urgent need for this course. The Avian Standards Team represented by Patricia Edwards - wife of the Board member who replaced Mr Lloyd and also got his salary - claimed the course would be run in the future but this did not happen.

The failure to provide the WIRES advanced avian course and most other avian courses in 2008 was perfect timing for Wiyanga - a private company employing Chris Lloyd - to develop and run the ‘Practical Bird Skills Workshop’ which became the venue for the Kurnell allegations in March 2009. WIRES was smarting mad that one of their own, now ex-employees, was assisting a private company to make money out of wildlife training - a jealously guarded cash-cow for WIRES.

There were two Practical Bird Skills Workshops run by Wiyanga. The first two-day workshop was held in February 2009 at Wirrimbirra Sanctuary at Bargo. This course had glowing reviews and discussions ensued on the WIRES internal discussion pages recommending it. Stan Wood made the following comment:

“WIRES members are free to attend whatever training they wish to enhance their skills and many supplementary wildlife training courses are available from other wildlife rehabilitation organisations as well as companies such as Wiyanga and associations such as WAIF. Attendance at any training is always beneficial to enhance skills and knowledge however WIRES does not recognise such Training as WIRES approved unless by prior agreement reached through an assessment process.”

Feather Implantation (Imping) – A Crash Course

It is the common experience of wildlife rehabilitators that some species, like the large cuckoos, are prone to damaging their flight plumage unless transported and housed correctly – a common enough mistake made by those new to wildlife rescue. This problem commonly leads to individuals of the species being euthanized or having treatment for plumage loss.

Imping is a falconry skill for repairing damaged and broken feathers which allows the bird full flight function within 24 hours of the procedure. Birds commonly imped are those with time restraints due to migration, birds that are highly stressed in captive situations - for example seabirds - and birds such as raptors that require fitness to hunt prey.

Bird feathers consist mainly of keratin and are dead structures; there are no nerves, muscles or blood vessels which lie beneath the outer surface of the exposed feather and the feathers do not have an internal system of nourishment and maintenance. It is for this reason - the lack of nerves - that many species, large cuckoos in particular, do so much damage when in poor captive housing. It also explains why birds do not feel pain when feathers are clipped or trimmed.

The flight feathers of the wing and tail are generally anchored in bone structures. The remaining part of the feather shaft forms a solid base for the implanting of an artificial feather. In order to determine whether there is sufficient remnant shaft to attach a new feather, it is necessary to measure the ‘stub’ and trim the component of the shaft. The lack of any nerves, blood supply or muscle connection means this procedure is painless to the bird and the short duration of the feather attachment procedure causes very little additional stress.

There are other methods of feather replacement. They include feather plucking; however, the removed feathers can take up to 4-8 weeks to regrow. Another is waiting for a natural moult (new feather growth) but that may require up to nine months to a year in captivity.

The species at the Centre of the Kurnell allegations was a Channel-billed Cuckoo, a migratory species which arrives to breed in the Sydney area during spring. The species is a nest parasite primarily of Pied Currawongs or other corvids. The offspring are dependent on host-parents after fledging for up to four weeks and during this time frequently come into wildlife rescue systems due to collisions with windows, motor vehicles or other incidents.

The species is noted for its “conspicuous and noisy” vocalizations and is highly aggressive, often attacking the handler constantly unless restrained properly. The species does not suffer unduly from stress while being handled mainly due to its behavioural biology - a nest parasite of an unrelated species. The greater concern for these birds is humanization through association with food, and feather damage to the tail and wings.

The Day Arrives

The March 2009 workshop held at Kurnell had sixteen participants attending from a range of wildlife rehabilitation organisations. There were a number of people assisting also. The Marton Hall in Kurnell, the venue for this course, had been used by WIRES for training courses over a number of years. This venue included a dedicated and closed room for the safe keeping of live animals brought by participants so that the animals could receive routine husbandry (feeding, medication etc.). The workshop consisted of four distinct units with a combination of theory and practical skills covering feather implantation, diet and nutrition, crop needle use and basic necropsy techniques.

The first unit of the training course held on 28th March concerned feather implantation or “imping”. The feather implantation procedure used at the workshop was the same one used by many organisations, including WIRES. In this practical exercise, participants worked in pairs making up new feather implants using a variety of materials. They then practiced attaching these implants to a subject body – a dead bird. The new implant was then allowed to set and tested for strength, accuracy of placement and collateral plumage damage from adhesives.

The Channel Bill at the heart of the allegations came into care on 1 December 2008 - his name was Egor. On 14 January 2009 his carer made contact with the branch Bird Coordinator to report feather damage and ask if the broken feathers were due to diet. It was ascertained that only a few tail feathers and one primary wing feather were damaged and the member was referred for further advice to Chris Lloyd. Egor was then transferred to North Shore branch where an experienced carer took care of him until his tail feathers were imped. That happened some time after the March 2009 workshop. It did not occur at the workshop as has been alleged.

The Second Bird

A second Channel Bill was brought to the workshop that day. It was being transferred from Illawarra branch to North Shore branch. On the Saturday of the Kurnell course (28th March), as part of feather implantation training, and because this species is one of the most problematic and common for plumage damage within WIRES, this bird was shown to participants for identification as an example case. The bird’s tail feathers - every tail feather - was broken. Participants were asked by the trainer to be quiet and observe while the bird was removed from its transport housing. They were shown the broken and protruding feather ends. These were examined, trimmed and measured. This is estimated to have taken approximately 5 minutes and, once completed, the bird was returned to its housing and placed back in the separate room.

During this brief examination, the bird vocalized loudly and struggled as is common for most species of wildlife in captive management. This behaviour can be disconcerting to anyone unfamiliar with this species of bird. The procedure itself, where feathers are measured and trimmed, can also be disconcerting to the inexperienced. The bird was monitored after this examination for the remainder of the day and at no stage showed signs of stress from the examination. It was later observed eating and preening itself while in its housing.

At no stage were any new feathers implanted into the old feather shafts of this or any live bird. Feather implantation preparation (trimming and measuring) is acceptable in a training situation but implantation procedures are not suitable for demonstration due to time restrictions; the whole procedure can take hours to complete depending on how many feathers need replacing. The imped bird would then need to be transported back to an aviary – in this case a long way away - thus risking the newly implanted feathers. The procedure cannot be done twice so any risk of damaging feathers post-procedure is avoided. It is possible that the “imping” could have been done on the venue site but it could not have been done on this occasion because of the time restrictions of this course. Chris Lloyd has consistently denied that this bird was imped at the venue.

Spotted Turtle Dove Chicks

Two chicks were brought to the course and identified as Spotted Turtle Doves. This species is an exotic pigeon from Asia commonly found in urban Sydney. As an exotic species, it is an offence under a wildlife licence to rear and release them back to the wild and it is the standard practice to have them euthanized.

They were collected by a WIRES member from a member of the public who had held them since the previous day and they had not been fed for 12-24 hours. The member asked if the chicks could be identified. Both chicks were in the 30-40 gram range and would require at least four feeds daily using a crop needle and syringe technique. The chicks were fed in front of the class as a demonstration and were kept in the room reserved for animals in care.

At the end of the training on Saturday 28th March, the birds were inspected and one was found to be dead at approximately 5.00pm. It is likely that a 2-3 day old nestling which had gone without food or thermal support for twenty four hours would die from a range of natural causes. Without a necropsy, it is impossible to say what caused the death of this bird but it did not occur in front of participants or during any crop feeding procedure - the bird was found dead at least one hour after it had been last fed.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Training

The use of live wild animals in training courses is allowed under the Wildlife Rehabilitation Policy of the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water (DECC - now Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)). The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, under clause 19 “Licence to Rehabilitate and Release Sick, Injured and Orphaned Native Fauna” states:

19. The licensee shall not permit any public viewing (including the carrying or feeding of animals in public places), display or exhibition for promotional or any other purpose, of any live native animal that is held under this license and is being hand-raised or is undergoing rehabilitation for release. This condition shall not apply to:
- the use of such animals (except for unfurred mammals, that should never be used) for the essential demonstration of husbandry techniques at a licensee-sanctioned rescuer or foster-carer training course...

Wild animals are brought to training courses for a range of reasons including: the animal is rescued by an authorised person during the course and requires temporary housing; it requires feeding or medication during the time the authorised person is training; it is being transferred between authorised persons from different branches or the authorised person requires advice on the animal or assistance with a procedure from another authorised member attending or running the course.

The Witness - Harried Into Confession

There was only one witness to make a complaint of cruelty against Mr Lloyd. At the time she completed the Practical Bird Skills Workshop she had been a WIRES member for 6 months. Her initial training in September 2008 was supervised by Chris Lloyd. She was a member of the WIRES Inner West branch.

This witness had, prior to making her formal complaint against Mr Lloyd, made allegations that Board member Andrew Edwards and his wife Patricia Edwards were trying to coerce her into making a detrimental statement against Chris Lloyd. They wanted her to falsely allege that he had wrongly performed a feather imping procedure at the course. This member also made complaints that she was receiving harassing phone calls and was intimidated by Patricia Edwards at a bird course. During these harassing events she was warned that she would not be able to attend WIRES raptor training until she wrote a false complaint against Chris Lloyd. This witness did ultimately attend the raptor course; as did Stan Wood, to ensure that no "harassment" occurred.

The witness later made another complaint of harassment. In it, Board member Rick Ulyatt allegedly contacted her stating he was the Board’s grievance officer, although no one was aware of this at the time and there is no record of him having been elected to such a role. Mr Ulyatt urged her to lodge a complaint of cruelty against Chris Lloyd also.

Over the year following the course, enticements were made by the Board to this witness. The witness and her partner were allowed to attend WIRES training courses regardless of whether they had the prerequisite backround or whether, as a member of a Sydney branch, the training was appropriate. Sometime after the Kurnell workshop, two formal complaints were lodged against this witness in relation to the welfare of animals in her care. It has been said by a friend of hers that she “felt cornered by these allegations and like any animal came out fighting”. Now in trouble herself, the Board had leverage with this person. She made the allegations the Board wanted from her to avoid any consequences arising from her own animal welfare issues and to punish her branch for its involvement in the complaints against her.

It was after her branch 2010 AGM, when she lost the vote for Branch Chair and WSC representative that, out of revenge and retaliation, she decided on 23 July 2010 to write the complaint against Mr Lloyd. The Board cut a deal with her: In return for her false complaint against Mr Lloyd they would support her in an harassment counter-claim against her branch, ignore the allegations against her, and assist in her ambitions. And that is exactly what it did. After she made the complaint, the Board transferred her to a neighbouring branch and took over "responsibility" for the animal welfare/care complaints against her.

This is the reason the Private investigator was told that the member’s accusations of bullying and harassment by her branch were to be added to the investigation, which also added to the costs. The branch in question was never given access to the allegations against its members so that it could responded to them. The WIRES State Council was not made aware of this aspect of the investigation.

The Board’s witness was Sharlene Lane formerly from WIRES Inner West branch and now in WIRES East Branch. And she is currently the Chair and WSC Representative for East branch.

The Decision

The Board was under pressure at this time from members voicing concerns. Members had many concerns, including: the Board’s biassed participation and influence in the Brushtail possum fruit debate; its, some thought dubious, claim of high salt content in dog kibble rendering this food stuff unavailable for husbandry; the discrepancies in council minutes; the commercial advantages enjoyed by a Board member; a vote of no confidence by a councillor; welfare concerns for raptors under WIRES care; and, the lack of training courses for birds and possums. Some of these issues have been dealt with previously by rw.

In October 2009, 7 months after the alleged cruelty took place, according to the WSC minutes of that meeting:

“Recently a complaint was made to both a member of the Avian Standards Team and also to the BMC of one of the WIRES branches, in regards to an event which occurred at a recent non-WIRES training day earlier this year. The allegations made were of a sufficient serious nature to warrant the Board of WIRES investigating these matters further and, if necessary, taking steps to prevent such events occurring in the future. These events involve: Possible breaches of WIRES license conditions. Possible breaches of WIRES policy. Possible animal cruelty issues. No other information will be forthcoming at this stage”

It is surprising that this was brought up in a Council meeting given that the member concerned was not first notified of the complaint under the relevant provisions of the constitution. It is later claimed by the Board that the RSPCA had been consulted but they advised it required a written complaint in order to act - this is incorrect and misleading. The RSPCA will act on any complaint of cruelty, even if it is given anonymously. The Board certainly knew of the allegations since about July 2009, possibly earlier, which was only 4 months after the alleged incident took place and well within the POCTA time restriction of 12 months. The real reason the RSPCA declined to investigate was that it had become aware that the allegations were politically motivated - the Board wanted Chris Lloyd out of WIRES because he was seen as being behind a reform campaign and was a popular member – this complaint using RSPCA was their chance to neutralise him.

The WSC met in August 2010, 18 months after the alleged cruelty took place. This meeting was significant for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the Chair and paid CEO, Stan Wood, resigned from both positions and, secondly, it considered a document from a group named “WAG - WIRES Action Group”. This document had been sent out to WIRES members by an unknown person or group. The WAG levelled allegations of corruption against current Board members and urged members to stand for positions on the WSC. Three Board members ultimately lost their seats: They were Merrilee Verhoeven, Caroline Enfield and Jim Watt. The Board reacted with outrage and its view, as documented in the minutes, was that this “toxic sludge is defamatory and slanderous” and “could destroy the organisation”.

It was no surprise to members that Chris Lloyd was being blamed by the Board for the WAG document. It was clear that there was a connection between the Board’s anger about the WAG and what followed at the WSC meeting when Stan Wood, then Chair, asked the Council for permission to further investigate an allegation of animal cruelty. August 2010 WSC Ratified meeting minutes:

“POCTA matter – Stan said the Board have taken account of some recent comments by councillors wanting more information about what is happening generally at Board level. There is a difficult matter that appears to constitute a breach of the legislation referred to as POCTA – that is, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Stan read out a prepared statement on behalf of the Board regarding an alleged matter of animal cruelty involving WIRES members. The Board recommends that the matter be fully and independently investigated. Lyn Fowler said she is pretty certain she knows who and what this is about and said the Board should not investigate this matter, Stan stressed to all present that the Board is seeking Council endorsement to pursue this matter independent of the Board and Council. Stan stressed the need to avoid speculation about those who are alleged to be involved."

No details were given to Council on what the allegations were, the animal/s involved, or person/s involved. Missing completely was any disclosure to the Council that this allegation was already over 18 months old, had already been mentioned in a previous WSC meeting (August 2009), that the Board had already investigated it in 2009 by contacting the RSPCA who had declined to investigate. The Council was not told there was any intention to contract a private investigator or that it would be costing WIRES large sums of money to conduct the investigation. The WSC representatives voted in favour of this despite having no facts whatsoever, making them all accomplices to the injustice that followed, and ultimaletly culpable.

At the same time as the WSC gave approval for the Board to commence this costly witch hunt, it was approving cuts to stem the drain on savings. At this same WSC meeting, the Treasurer... “Margaret Clinton stated that current total available balance from WIRES accounts as at 30 July was $648,021.00, with total combined Branch funds at $642,143.00". This was a substantial decline in funds at the time and, "given fixed overheads, particularly wages and contractors, it left the organisation exposed if the income continued to decline.” The Board proposed a range of measures to cut costs “a singe and tip-prune” but it explicitly excluded reductions in staff and contractors. Reductions proposed included: advocacy, lyssavirus vaccine subsidies, RICC manual subsidies to branches, and reductions in some Council and Board expenses. There was no proposal to limit spending on private investigators.

The most extraordinary aspect of the Kurnell allegations was the Board's claims that the alleged incidents were so serious they warranted a private investigation, yet simultaneously insufficiently serious to require referral to the relevant authority, the RSPCA. The reason for this is that the RSPCA would likely have found no basis for the allegations, and that was not the desired outcome.

It is equally worrying that the members concerned were never notified of details of the complaint made by the Board against them or made aware of the relevant provisions of the WIRES constitution and policies which the Board claimed they had breached. Also, the Board has never disclosed what specifically was done at the course that it claims to be cruel. The WSC's gutless and clueless complicity is at the very least "concerning". The only conclusion that can be drawn from all this is that there were in fact no breaches of any WIRES policies or the constitution and all this wasted time, money and quality volunteers was a costly political exercise designed by the board to retain power.

To be continued…

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Henri
# Con Spy RingHenri 2013-06-23 09:54
It is a FACT that a potential donor was rung by a WIRES fund raiser. While speaking it was suggested by the donors spokes person that there was somebody else on the line. It was denied by the caller eventually at the risk of the donor hanging up it was revealed the Wires manager was on a party line. The WIRES manager by Coincidence! When there was a nice ripe juicy plum to be plucked. Both were told in a gentleman like manner to never contact him again. The phone went silent. Some of the donation went to fund Reformwires. The incidence was noted contemporaneously and the caller has since died leaving nothing to Wires. Well done WIRES management. No wonder the membership is drying up. 3 Chairmen later and the same troubled manager. Animal care is worse than it ever was prior Membership declining Credibility declining Integrity in question and branches fading away. Lack of transparency and Governance. Reluctance to produce financial data. Discrimination and censoring manipulation of facts and contrived allegations. WHAT ABOUT THE WILDLIFE? The genuine carers Join and leave. Who wants’ to sponsor themselves to be threatened abused sworn at reprimanded ostracised ignored investigated slandered and burned out.
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Hey Spartacus
# RE: Not Even... A Kurnell Of Truth - Part 1Hey Spartacus 2013-04-14 08:21
Thank you spartacus for your time and perseverence to reform our organisation. Hope you stay around to tell the rest of the truth about Kurnell as it gets worse. The way the Board used Peter McMillan to bully members to make statments and then secretly acted as judge and jury away from the members and WSC also needs to be exposed.
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Its time
# kurnellIts time 2013-04-13 20:41
Seems that there is no opportunity for a gov't agency to investigate WIRES. Seems the only avenue is to put this information to the public domain with the hope that the community will see that WIRES has an agenda that is not in the best interest of native animals.
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Revolt now
# RE: kurnellRevolt now 2013-04-17 03:05
This is all very disgusting but what can you expect from this pretty corrupt and piss weak organisation. If you are reading this and thinking of joining WIRES don't. join your local Nazi party branch there more friendly and less ruthless and probably kinder to animals too
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percy
# RE: kurnellpercy 2013-07-15 22:48
The truth would be good. What a convoluted story.2 live birds were used in the training. The branch chair of new member were advised of concerns.the response was not to talk to course trainer. It was hoped it would not happen again. Friendship and stories has blurred the facts.
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White Ant
# RE: Not Even... A Kurnell Of Truth - Part 1White Ant 2013-04-13 18:27
Cruelty to animals is defined basically as neglect or failure to provide food, water or medical attention, or to cause pain and suffering. So where was the cruelty?

A trainer was trying to teach wildife rehabilitators a skill to treat an animal so it could be released sooner rather than later.
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The Beak
# Keystone of managementThe Beak 2013-06-25 14:39
NB.WIres Management and Executive.

One would expect that any police officer worth his salt would know this. Apparently our Chair persons are unaware.


ref. Workcover Bullying.
Workplace bullying is best dealt with by taking steps to prevent it before it becomes a risk to health and safety.
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spot on
# RE: Keystone of managementspot on 2013-06-28 15:04
Hi The Beak you know the chair is taking these steps by getting rid of any member who isnt one of his yes men saying he is preventing risk. The risk he sees is that these members want to bring in change and that is very risky to his position of absolute power.
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double standards
# RE: Not Even... A Kurnell Of Truth - Part 1double standards 2013-04-13 17:53
So in WIRES it is Ok to kill eastern grey joeys if you are in central west branch and wombat joeys by cutting off their heads, but not ok for an experienced member to use a live bird to show a small group of carers how to measure feathers for imping. And it is ok to advertise for donors to give their money to help the members caring for animals but them use the money donated to persecute those members with a private investigator?
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Onlooker
# RE: Not Even... A Kurnell Of Truth - Part 1Onlooker 2013-04-18 21:38
The thought of cutting heads off anything makes me feel sick too but I believe it is accepted as a humane form of euthanasia PROVIDED there is stunning before the decapitation. In other words, hitting on the head with the back of the axe then cutting the head off. It sounds and is barbaric and I couldn't do it, but if you are a long way from a vet, don't own a gun and have a suffering animal I can understand it. Inflicting death is never pretty after all. I've held animals for vets where the green dream didn't work immediately and that is pretty horrible too.
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Code Of Practice
# RE: Not Even... A Kurnell Of Truth - Part 1Code Of Practice 2013-04-18 21:49
The OEH Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Protected Fauna says on page 9:

7.2. How to euthanase

Objective
To induce death with minimal pain and distress to fauna.

7.2.1. Standards

7.2.1. A euthanasia method must be used which produces a rapid loss of
consciousness immediately followed by death...

7.2.2. Guidelines

7.2.2.1. Fauna rehabilitators should arrange for a veterinarian to perform
euthanasia. Intravenous barbiturate overdose should be used.

7.2.2.2. When a non-veterinarian is required to perform euthanasia, a method
appropriate for the species and circumstances should be employed to
ensure minimal pain and suffering.
This may include the following methods:
- shooting with a rifle for large animals
- STUNNING FOLLOWED BY cervical dislocation for small birds and mammals
(less than 0.5 kg)

FIRST OPTION: You should take them to a vet if one is available, only then should you do it yourself and the animal has to be small and made QUICKLY UNCONSCIOUS before you cut its head off. According to these stories that is not happening.
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Maude
# Code of practiceMaude 2013-04-18 22:24
Who needs Euthinasia
I'm in a branch where the bird co-ordinators unemployed brother forgets to feed certain species of birds, he told me at a Christmas party he enjoys feeding dead birds to their aviary. Well that's not going to be diseased birds now is it....
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Broken Arrow
# RE: Not Even... A Kurnell Of Truth - Part 1Broken Arrow 2013-04-13 16:06
Well I knew the truth would come out someday. This whole saga is a blantant bullying and abuse of power by the WIRES Board. It appears that this is the culture within WIRES management and all associated with it should be stood down immediately.
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DISGUSTED
# RE: Not Even... A Kurnell Of Truth - Part 1DISGUSTED 2013-04-13 11:55
All those members on the board involved in this disgusting abuse of power who are still there must immediately resign. Those left on the Baord and the General Manager should have the guts to require an enquiry like CSRIO has agreed to into the bullying of members and abuse of power by those reponsible during the last 7 years. WIRES must be cleaned up for the sake of the wildlife and the welfare of its members.
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Gutless
# RE: Not Even... A Kurnell Of Truth - Part 1Gutless 2013-04-13 19:41
Yes I agree that an independant investigation into the WIRES Board in regards to bullying, intimidation to members and the use of public monies.

It is no wonder that an anonymous website like this was started to name and shame these people without retaliation to members.

Maybe Workcover would be able to do this. Mr Lloyd would also be able to take them to Fair work Australia, there would be time limits though.
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