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Roos to be shot

Thumper 4 March 2008 23

In a move that will surely have the greenies wringing their hands and knotting their knickers, the ACT Government has blocked plans by the Department of Defence to relocate mobs of eastern grey kangaroos from its former naval transmission station site in Belconnen.

Put simply this means the roos, and there are plenty of them, will be shot.

The president of the Queensland-based Wildlife Protection Association, Pat O’Brien, said the Rudd Government and ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope would face “significant national protest action” over the impending kangaroo cull.

The previous relocation plan was strongly opposed by ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and a number of scientists employed by the ACT Government as environmental consultants. In a ddition, a spokeswoman for the Chief Minister said the ACT Government had a long-standing policy of not supporting translocation of kangaroos.

“Defence is aware of the ACT Government’s policy and we continue to work together to find a solution to the overpopulation of kangaroos on the site,” she said.

And that solution seems all along to have been to shoot them, which suggests that not much work was actually put in to find a solution.

Personally I would rather that they weren’t shot and that they could be moved elsewhere as there is no doubt that the roos are now endangering other creatures that inhabit these areas. However, it appears that this is not going to happen.

The Canberra Times has the full story here.

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23 Responses to Roos to be shot
Ari Ari 2:20 pm 14 Mar 08

How about getting rich Americans to pay to come over here and shoot them?

Win/win all ’round.

Deb Deb 1:18 pm 14 Mar 08

There’s a great opportunity here for an ecotourism business with this captive population of kangaroos. Where is the Canberra tourism operator with his minibus, cluey enough to drive paying tourists around there with their cameras?

Why would you round up and shoot this potential business operation? Just stupid.

Thumper Thumper 4:15 pm 05 Mar 08

You could also use claymores, but it leaves a mess…

p1 p1 3:45 pm 05 Mar 08

Why did the passersby have an axe handle with them?

They could shoot them with explosive rounds from the cannon on the tigers the army has. Shoot straight down eliminated the chances of a stray round yes?

Loose Brown Loose Brown 1:28 pm 05 Mar 08

Has anyone read the CT today? What about the fellow who was out walking his dogs in a nature reserve when they set upon an eastern grey. He jumped in when it started fighting back, some passers-by jumped in and ‘whamo’ smashed it with an axe handle. The kangaroo had to be put down. We should just let this guy and his dogs loose out at Belco.

Mælinar Mælinar 11:49 am 05 Mar 08

@Captain Kirk – last time I checked the ADF price was $0.21 for 5.56mm ball and $0.25 for 5.56mm blank.

Naturally, they’ll probably be better served getting a sniper to shoot down the local gunstore and picking up a .22 and enough ammo (less chance of a ballistics accident – and not using weaponry that is solely designed for war)

Chances of them doing this successfully ?

I’ll give them a solid 10%, unless too many local colonels get involved, every one of them in the command chain from decision to bullet will reduce my statistic by 1%.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 11:35 am 05 Mar 08

Airburst White Phos and BBQ them onsite…

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 11:18 am 05 Mar 08

Oh – If the police object, keep in mind that this is Defence – They tend to have the ability to constitutionally ignore local rules….

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 11:15 am 05 Mar 08

At $0.15 per roo, the high speed lead injection to the side of the head is a much cheaper solution.

Can you tell that I support just shooting them….

Or is that harsh.

How do they feel?

Will they go to Roo heaven? or have they been naughty roos.

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 10:00 am 05 Mar 08

I totally agree; I had a whale jump out in front of me on the drive home yesterday. They’re a bloody menace! Plague proportions even!

Oh wait…

hairy nosed wombat hairy nosed wombat 5:19 pm 04 Mar 08

Oh yes, and if the police object to firearms being used in a built up area, let me go in with my archery set.

If I miss, an arrow will travel less distance than a bullet.

hairy nosed wombat hairy nosed wombat 5:18 pm 04 Mar 08

Let me see if I am reading this thread right,

People are objecting to the fact, that someone from overseas, is objecting to what we shoot at. And on top of this, the meat is going to be wasted, so we want the chance to eat it too.

Here is a chance for the Japanese embassy to send troops to where these culls are going to be held, and help the greenies protect these poor animals that are being killed in the name of science fun.

mattyf mattyf 5:09 pm 04 Mar 08

This is a free-range roo farm *asset*. Nobody should be talking about this being a problem or a cost.

It just goes to show how disconnected the eco-mob are from reality when an opportunity to sustainably manage a meat source is treated as some form of genocide.

And how come the spokes-person for the eco crowd always seems to have a pommie accent?

Crikey Crikey 4:39 pm 04 Mar 08

They were never a really good footie team anyway.

p1 p1 4:17 pm 04 Mar 08

I thought that the police were against Defence culling them on account of the use of firearms in a block of land surrounded by suburbs?

I’ll take a couple of those roo’s (via the marinating facility). Infact, I am surprised that defence don’t just use them to firstly train recruits in target practice, then to feed them….

dalryk dalryk 2:38 pm 04 Mar 08

I’m all for preventing unnecessary animal cruelty, but the eco-nazis are really being ridiculous on this one.

I agree with Aurelius – it’s high time we as a community were able to reap a more efficient harvest from the abundant protein sources wandering around our front yards. If intensive animal farming contributes as much to the greenhouse effect as Norweigan whalers would have us believe – surely free-range roo is part of the answer!

NathanaelB NathanaelB 1:37 pm 04 Mar 08

I thought they had already all been shot – I haven’t seen a roo on Majura Road for ages! Alive or squished

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 1:32 pm 04 Mar 08

via a marinating facility first

Aurelius Aurelius 1:27 pm 04 Mar 08

I support translocation. From wherever they are overpopulated to my BBQ!

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 1:16 pm 04 Mar 08

If they intended to relocate them from Defence/Commonwealth land to other commonwealth owned land they could tell Chairman Stanhope to get well and truly knotted.

Mr Waffle, they had a plan to minimise the adverse affects of moving the macropods. From memory it included sedatives, airconditioned trucks, vets on hand, back rubs and champagne on arrival.

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