Dog acts at our dog beaches need a second look
DOG beaches are a place we take our furry friends with the expectation that their presence won't annoy solely cat-people.
But we also have the expectation that the environment isn't one that would lure them into an excruciating death.
So when a Coast family lost their bull mastiff to suspected 1080 poisoning at the "dog-friendly" Teewah Beach I can see why they would not only be in mourning, but feel terribly violated.
And I can see why their experience has sparked an outcry on social media.
Adele Knight and her partner Blair Gealy took photos of where they suspect the poisoned bait was eaten, and their beloved fur-child Stella travelled no higher than the tide-mark on the beach.
Even if the bait was placed behind the dunes, I can't understand why poison would be placed so close to where children and dogs wander.
It was an obvious injustice when a dog ate methamphetamine left in the dunes at Stumers last week and, legalities aside, I don't think this is more acceptable.
A poison, designed to kill dogs, was placed on a dog beach.
The other thing that baffles me is that Ms Knight and Mr Gealy said a contractor told them he placed the bait in that position because the rotting carcases of (carnivorous) loggerhead turtles would attract the pests to the area.
Huh? The baiting aims to kill pests that prey on turtles but they're going to place poison in the very area the turtles blatantly nest in.
This strategy voids the purpose of the program, which I think needs a good reassessment.