P.S. Against Me!, I wish you could have just quit while you were ahead.
I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations in succeeding Kevin Rudd to become the first female Prime Minister of Australia. What a historic day for women and what an historic day for this country. I’m thrilled by my anticipation of the positive change you will affect in the governance of this nation in the coming weeks and months ahead.
As part of your arduous journey to be the first female leader of this country, I know that you have experienced your fair share of discrimination and marginalisation. It is for this reason that I write to you in the hopes that you may be able to intervene in a terrible act of discrimination and violence that is happening right now, mere minutes away from capital hill. I refer to the cull of 2000 kangaroos being performed by the ACT government at the moment, which will unequivocally cause and the slow and painful death of an equivalent number of at foot Joeys. Still dependant on their mothers for survival, it is inevitable that these vulnerable animals will flee in terror when they are shot, to die either by starvation, dehydration or predation.
Julia, like racism, sexism, heterosexism, albeism and other forms of discrimination, speciesism is a form of violence. We would never allow such an intolerably cruel death to be delivered to other human beings or even to other species of non-human animals that we feel more empathy for, such as cats and dogs. Problems of overpopulation are a direct result of the city of Canberra’s rapid expansion over the previous years, restricting nature corridors and artificially captivating these animals, which have lived in harmony with the Australian landscape for thousands of years. It is our fault that their populations have reached unsustainable levels, and we owe them a better solution than culling them and leaving their babies to starve.
I have not cared to address the ACT Chief Minister with these concerns, as John Stanhope has made his position clear in previous years. Culling is the most convenient and cheapest policy available, and he is determined to continue following it. Julia, a large group of compassionate citizens within Canberra are being ignored and marginalised just as surely as its wildlife is. Please speak out against this injustice as one of your first actions as the new Prime Minister, and congratulations once again.