RSPCA warns Big Pineapple bosses: Zoo and events don't mix
THE RSPCA has called on the Big Pineapple owners to decide whether they want a zoo or an event venue.
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said plans to host what is said to be the Sunshine Coast's biggest fireworks display at a monster truck extravaganza on May 31 could lead to the deaths of both native and exotic animals at Queensland Zoo.
Nearly 10,000 revellers attended the second Big Pineapple Music Festival on Saturday.
Mr Beatty said there were "very real and serious concerns about the music festival on the weekend".
Now it would be "followed by an event that is even more dangerous".
"We have enough problems with domestic animals that panic and stress with fireworks, let alone native and exotic animals,'' Mr Beatty said.
"The owners need to make their minds up whether they want a zoo or an event venue. The two simply don't mix.
"At the very least we're calling on the organisers to remove the firework component. We're certain people will understand once they realise the potential danger to the animals."
Big Pineapple general manager Brendan Weatherill said the RSPCA was trying to make something out of nothing.
"To my knowledge Queensland Zoo did everything to Biosecurity standards,'' he said of the music festival.
"The RSPCA has no jurisdiction."
Mr Weatherill said the monster truck extravaganza would be on the other side of the highway, more than a kilometre away from the zoo.
"If they want to go shut down fireworks, why don't they shut down New Year's fireworks?" he said
"We are taking every single precaution we possibly can."
He said the Queensland Zoo had spent a lot of money on sound proofing and the kangaroos appeared to enjoy the music festival.
"They looked like they were dancing," he said.
"The koalas also looked great with their fluffy leopard earmuffs.
"The RSPCA needs to sometimes pull its head in when it's trying to stop things happening on the Coast.
"Events create the economy, the economy keeps people alive."
Queensland Zoo and Biosecurity Queensland did not respond to the Daily's questions by deadline.