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Pictures from the killing fields

By 19 June 2010 52

dead roos

With the renewed kangaroo cull underway Greg Tarlington has sent in some pictures of the body disposal from 2008.

It seems like a collossal waste.

funeral pits

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52 Responses to Pictures from the killing fields
#1
Pandy2:50 pm, 19 Jun 10

Lovely photos!

#2
trevar3:20 pm, 19 Jun 10

It might be a bit of a waste, but when I put blood and bone on my garden I don’t like it to be as fresh as that… how do you suggest we utilise the bodies???

#3
Gerry-Built4:04 pm, 19 Jun 10

dog/cat food?

#4
Gerry-Built4:05 pm, 19 Jun 10

target practice? Oh, hang on…

#5
crappicker4:29 pm, 19 Jun 10

Whatever scientific argumentation is used to justify these cullings, I find these killings utterly disgusting. It seems to me that we will require a cull of grassland ecologists within TAMS in order to restore some kind balance in this government’s approach to management of wildlife within the ACT.

#6
ConanOfCooma5:15 pm, 19 Jun 10

I have a pal that shoots Roos for a living, they are bought by a place in Queanbeyan that processes them and exports the meat for sausages to Germany. Not sure if they do the processing in Queanbo, or if they just sell on, but it’s done thru someone there.

Price per kilo varies on the season, and demand, plus you need a licence to kill (tee hee), but surely this would be a simple way to not waste all those carcasses.

#7
54-115:29 pm, 19 Jun 10

I disagree, crappicker. There is an urgent need for not just this cull, but an ongoing program to control numbers.

The only issue, in my view, is what JB says above – what an awful waste of a useful resource.

#8
hax6:05 pm, 19 Jun 10

Lucky for nature humans are here to maintain a natural balance – obviously the world would be a sick sad place without our interference.

It just doesn’t seem right.

#9
Dougal6:34 pm, 19 Jun 10

As the kangaroos were killed with a lethal injection, it wasn’t possible for the meat to be used as pet or human food.

#10
grunge_hippy8:59 pm, 19 Jun 10

plenty more where they came from….

#11
54-119:19 pm, 19 Jun 10

Weren’t they shot, Dougal? If so, there were plenty of options. I wonder what the skins alone would be worth?

#12
harley9:42 pm, 19 Jun 10

hax said :

Lucky for nature humans are here to maintain a natural balance – obviously the world would be a sick sad place without our interference.

It just doesn’t seem right.

I get the sarcasm, and agree with the sentiment.

But that said, I think the argument goes that humans have screwed the surrounding ecology to such a point that the roo numbers are above nature’s norms for that little bit of dirt, resulting in starvation.

#13
che10:38 pm, 19 Jun 10

The shooters are supposed to be starting up on Mount Painter in Cook tonight from 6 PM. A front end loader was seen digging large pit over the southern side of Mount Painter the other day, which will probably be for the disposal of the bodies.

#14
vg10:52 pm, 19 Jun 10

What do people expect, a hearse and a procession out to Mitchell for each dead animal?

Welcome to reality

#15
Dougal12:38 am, 20 Jun 10

54-11 said :

Weren’t they shot, Dougal? If so, there were plenty of options. I wonder what the skins alone would be worth?

No, they were not shot. The AFP did not allow it.

Euthanasia
Lethal injection by dart
Shooting has not been approved by AFP
???? High powered rifles unacceptable in built up area
???? Shotguns or low powered rifles not permitted under code of practice
???? Explosive projectiles a possibility

http://www.defence.gov.au/publications/kangaroo_assessment.pdf

#16
Ceej19732:53 am, 20 Jun 10

There is always going to be arguements over the issue of culling wildlife. Those bleeding heart city dwellers, and those who live off the land and/or, with/beside nature. From the culls that I have seen in outback QLD, the cull numbers are proportionate to those I have seen in one night, and that occur every night in QLD. Something that is seen as acceptable there, is used for the same reasons as here, as is the culling of feral horses, cats and pigs. As an end note, I am willing to place bets on the numbers of kangaroos killed by vehicles in the ACT and surrounds, being higher than that of an annual cull, yet I hear no protests over road kills!

#17
Greg Tarlinton7:44 am, 20 Jun 10

grunge_hippy said :

plenty more where they came from….

That’s what people used to say about koalas, Tasmanian devils, earless dragons, grey nurse sharks, thylacines or any other species that is now threatened or extinct..

#18
fgzk10:30 am, 20 Jun 10

Ceej1973 Good work on your categorising the over emotional city dwellers and the realistic country people. Nicely polarised. Good luck applying it to the Canberra community.

#19
Thoroughly Smashed10:36 am, 20 Jun 10

crappicker said :

Whatever scientific argumentation is used to justify these cullings, I find these killings utterly disgusting. It seems to me that we will require a cull of grassland ecologists within TAMS in order to restore some kind balance in this government’s approach to management of wildlife within the ACT.

Haha, “There may be research supporting it but waaaaaaaah.”

Greg Tarlinton said :

grunge_hippy said :

plenty more where they came from….

That’s what people used to say about koalas, Tasmanian devils, earless dragons, grey nurse sharks, thylacines or any other species that is now threatened or extinct..

They did?

#20
Spideydog11:31 am, 20 Jun 10

Greg Tarlinton said :

grunge_hippy said :

plenty more where they came from….

That’s what people used to say about koalas, Tasmanian devils, earless dragons, grey nurse sharks, thylacines or any other species that is now threatened or extinct..

I am pretty sure none of those were in plague numbers like roos are ….. None of those were having major effects on the surrounding flora and fauna either.

#21
Tooks1:00 pm, 20 Jun 10

Greg Tarlinton said :

grunge_hippy said :

plenty more where they came from….

That’s what people used to say about koalas, Tasmanian devils, earless dragons, grey nurse sharks, thylacines or any other species that is now threatened or extinct..

Yes, but I don’t think any of those animals were ever in plague proportions.

#22
One4:50 pm, 20 Jun 10

I would of thought they could of skinned the roos, and at least attempted to get something back.

Goes to show what a rip this is when the Governments policy is for shooters to throw the entire animal away after killing it.

#23
One4:56 pm, 20 Jun 10

PS: the photos show how usless the ‘plan’ was in action. Have to wonder how many times they moved them around…

#24
fgzk7:47 am, 21 Jun 10

Tooks…How do you know they are in plague proportions.

During the Googong cull we where told the same thing only to find out that they where not in plague proportions. At the time the Government new this but just kept repeating the lie.

I think you all just assume that they are in plague proportions because that’s a political perspective. Opposing the bleeding hearts greenies with the salt of the earth country people. What a load of crap. You are being lied too again but its just those horrid pests of Roos so who cares.

#25
georgesgenitals9:38 am, 21 Jun 10

People don’t seriously think Eastern Grey kangaroos are threatened or endangered do they?

#26
s-s-a9:46 am, 21 Jun 10

Has anyone taken them to task against the principles so lovingly espoused by NoWaste?

http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0020/53372/NOWaste_Logo.gif

“Our government… turning waste into… waste” ???

#27
yellowsnow10:40 am, 21 Jun 10

This is a slippery slope, people! In ten years’ time our beneveolent dictator Stanhope will be proposing a cull of derros and bogans in the overpopulated ghettoes of gungahlin, outer tuggers and elsewhere, to prevent them from killing themselves as well as to free the streets from the relentless gridlock. Hey, it’d be cheaper than building more roads, light rail, or funding a logical and well run bus system!

If more people knew what was going on – and saw images like the one above – there’s no way culls like this would take place. There would be a huge public outcry. Maybe it’s time to fund an advertising campaign that counters canberra tourism campaigns … I can see it now … ‘Come to Canberra in winter … you might not be able to take a walk in a nature reserve, but hey, there’s nothing as invigorating as the smell of a fresh roo cull in the morning!’. Cue pictures of a balloon ride over kangaroo killing fields, with a backdrop of duelling banjoes music, followed by footage of rabid looking politicians, made up to look like they’re straight out of Deliverance, taking pot shots at kangaroos and anything else that moves (including tourists and animal liberation activists).

It would put all those mining industry ads to shame!!

#28
54-1111:09 am, 21 Jun 10

gg, some poeple seem to. Just need to look around and see that ain’t so. In places, they seem to be lining up to jump in front of cars & trucks (and the odd motorbike, unfortunately).

“Go on Skip, your turn”.

“No no, Joey, you were first, away you go”.

” I’m hanging back because this one’s a Volvo. How would that look – bowled by a bloody Volvo”.

“Oh OK. Oh, here comes Mully – that’s got to be worth a few virgin roos in paradise…”

Bang.

#29
Marvin_7811:31 am, 21 Jun 10

Mmmmm… Roo tail soup.

#30
Dougal11:37 am, 21 Jun 10

yellowsnow said :

If more people knew what was going on – and saw images like the one above – there’s no way culls like this would take place. There would be a huge public outcry. Maybe it’s time to fund an advertising campaign that counters canberra tourism campaigns … I can see it now … ‘Come to Canberra in winter … you might not be able to take a walk in a nature reserve, but hey, there’s nothing as invigorating as the smell of a fresh roo cull in the morning!’.

I find it interesting that there seems to be an outcry because this is occuring in the Nation’s Capital. Are you at all interested in the 3,000,000 other kangaroos that are culled in Australia each year?

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