'Friends, Aussies, Country Folk - Lend me an ear!'
My letter is urgent; my message is clear,
I speak of the ferals that shouldn't be here.
While the lambs and the poultry are dying in pain
Wildlife extinctions are occurring in vain.
Haven't you heard there's a plague on the run?
Please pick up a pen or pick up a gun!
Tell people of influence: write to people in power,
We did little yesterday, It has to be now.
Every state must pay a bounty on the feral cat or fox
Before any more species are hunted and lost.
If rabies should reach us it will be more than a shame
With ferals on the landscape, impossible to contain.
Do your bit for our emblems; show that you care,
It's not hard to fathom, we cant afford to dwell,
Don't wait 'til our fauna has all gone to ….. you know here.
© Mary McGregor-Craigie
Written for Conservation Week, WA - October 9th 2012