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Massive skippy slaughter on defence land

By johnboy - 2 September 2013 32

The Canberra Times is getting very excited about a vast culling campaign on the Majura Training Area:

The federal government has killed nearly 14,000 kangaroos on a military firing range east of Canberra in the past four years, internal Defence Department documents reveal.

The mass cull of adult kangaroos and their joeys, detailed in documents released under freedom of information laws, has been branded a “dirty little secret” by animal rights activists.

Operating under a “licence to kill” issued by the ACT government, the Defence Department has hired shooters to destroy the animals grazing the grasslands of the Majura Training Area, in the east of the ACT.

The scale of the operation dwarfs the territory government’s controversial annual cull of eastern greys in the Canberra Nature Park around the capital, which typically kills fewer than 1500 animals each year amid a regular storm of protest, legal challenge and media coverage.

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Massive skippy slaughter on defence land
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davo101 9:15 am
02 Sep 13
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I’m not sure it can be a “dirty little secret” if it started after “a bitter legal fight with animal rights activists”.

Hopefully they combine the cull with a bit of training……na, na, na, na, nah.

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460cixy 11:16 am
02 Sep 13
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I say jolly good show but another 50,000 to 60,000 more would be better again keep up the good work

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poetix 11:54 am
02 Sep 13
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They’re releasing a film about the cull called Full Metal Pocket.

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Sandman 12:20 pm
02 Sep 13
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poetix said :

They’re releasing a film about the cull called Full Metal Pocket.

I hear Skipp Sudduth is in the running for the lead role.

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IrishPete 12:27 pm
02 Sep 13
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I guess the “dirty little secret” is a hyperbolic way of referring the fact that TAMS has had to publicly reapply for its license each year, but Defence seem to have been able to do it on the QT. (What does QT stand for?)

I hope they are at least using the Skippies as target practice. And BBQ-ing the bodies. That would be less wasteful than just paying professional shooters (isn’t that what the Army are?) and burying the bodies.

IP

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tim_c 2:30 pm
02 Sep 13
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It was on the military firing range, and they had to hire shooters to shoot the kangaroos?!

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MrBigEars 2:56 pm
02 Sep 13
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tim_c said :

It was on the military firing range, and they had to hire shooters to shoot the kangaroos?!

I don’t think sexual misconduct is going to reduce kangaroo numbers.

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Pitchka 3:13 pm
02 Sep 13
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Keep up the good work, the less roos the better.

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Roundhead89 3:58 pm
02 Sep 13
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I walked up Mt Taylor from the Chifley side over the weekend and I couldn’t believe the number of roos. I haven’t made the trek up Mt Taylor since the middle of last year, and normally it is rare to see any roos, usually a small mob of about 8 or 9 near the bottom. This time however there were over a hundred all the way up and down, and most had joeys in their pouches meaning there are many more to come. Surely we need to step up the culling program because the numbers are escalating out of control.

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IrishPete 4:07 pm
02 Sep 13
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Pitchka said :

Keep up the good work, the less roos the better.

Are there any other native animals that you think there should be less of? Or is it all animals? Humans too?

IP

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Robertson 4:34 pm
02 Sep 13
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IrishPete said :

Pitchka said :

Keep up the good work, the less roos the better.

Are there any other native animals that you think there should be less of? Or is it all animals? Humans too?

IP

He’s talking about a pest species, and he’s correct in saying their numbers need to be drastically reduced.

I took a short walk up Red Hill yesterday and there were three mobs in my path: far too many.

I also found one that appeared to have been taken down by a dog breaking its right foot (and cleaned by foxes, perhaps cats as well – I assume the wedgies had been at it as well.). It was an interesting forensic exercise for the little ones.

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cranky 4:39 pm
02 Sep 13
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Interesting slant the CT placed on the ‘ownership’ of this cull.

“The federal government has killed nearly 14,000 kangaroos on a military firing range east of Canberra in the past four years,”

So not really anything to do with the Dept of Defence?

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gazket 4:40 pm
02 Sep 13
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IrishPete said :

Pitchka said :

Keep up the good work, the less roos the better.

Are there any other native animals that you think there should be less of? Or is it all animals? Humans too?

IP

possums, there out of control .

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troll-sniffer 5:54 pm
02 Sep 13
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gazket said :

IrishPete said :

Pitchka said :

Keep up the good work, the less roos the better.

Are there any other native animals that you think there should be less of? Or is it all animals? Humans too?

IP

possums, there out of control .

spelling it’s even more out of control lol

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:38 pm
02 Sep 13
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troll-sniffer said :

gazket said :

IrishPete said :

Pitchka said :

Keep up the good work, the less roos the better.

Are there any other native animals that you think there should be less of? Or is it all animals? Humans too?

IP

possums, there out of control .

spelling it’s even more out of control lol

lol

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