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Hargreaves debates boffins on roo contraception

By johnboy 24 August 2006 12

The occasional RiotACT correspondent and local government Minister, John Hargreaves, has astounded the Assembly with his intellect over the years.

In today’s Canberra Times he is debating the University of NSW geneticist Professor Des Cooper, over the efficacy of oral contraceptives being administered to female kangaoos in an effort to deal with the large populations trapped in urban nature reserves.

While the Minister and Professor may argue at their leisure over which form of contraception is most effective I’d like to note that contraception might reduce kangaroo numbers in years to come, but does absolutely nothing in the here and now.

We can only hope the next person to die in a collision with a kangaroo doesn’t hit a contracepted one which could have been culled.

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ant 8:36 pm 24 Aug 06

They could make these contraceptives available to landholders around the ACT, hit the roos on a wider scale. I’ve got heaps on my place, and that stuff about them not breeding in droughts is crap. I’ve noticed the big male ones really suffering, some very boney old bags of skin around. But every small roo seems to have a joey almost as big as her.

barking toad 4:39 pm 24 Aug 06

AD reminds me of a story someone told me once upon a time :

“How do you stop a girl from eating flesh?”

“Marry her!”


RandomGit 3:54 pm 24 Aug 06



Absent Diane 12:22 pm 24 Aug 06

yeah thumper I tend to agree with hate of seeing any animals killed… a few years ago they were culling something 20,000 in the vic – which upset me…
but I am also one of these pussies who gets disturbed by eating meat … I do it because it can taste alright and there are benefits…but the feeling of chewing flesh irks me a lot.

Thumper 12:08 pm 24 Aug 06

I have an ethical dilemma with this.

I don’t want roos killed, in fact I don’t like seeing any animal killed (Except for feral pigs, cats, foxes and wild dogs).

However, there does appear to be a need for culling.

And yes, they taste just sooooooo good so why the hell are we not farming them?

Mr Evil 11:30 am 24 Aug 06

AD, couldn’t agree more. Less land degradation through farming roos too I’d imagine.

Absent Diane 11:24 am 24 Aug 06

as said on an earlier post roo meat tastes bloody awesome….so why don’t we just farm the illiterate bastards… get everyone off the bovine meat..

Mr Evil 11:20 am 24 Aug 06

Yes, but how many of those were fatal?

johnboy 11:15 am 24 Aug 06

Last time I saw stats on it roos were responsible for 1/3 of motor accidents.

Mr Evil 11:15 am 24 Aug 06

Only certain female human beings though, especially the kind who call their offspring Tyson or Britney.

terubo 11:09 am 24 Aug 06

Sounds like an argument for forcibly administering oral contraceptives to female human beings, Evil…

Mr Evil 10:44 am 24 Aug 06


Q1. How many people in the ACT die from Kangaroo related motor vehicle accidents each year?

Q2. How many people in the ACT die in alcohol or reckless driving related motor vehicle accidents each year?

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