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.