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Skippy slaughter to turn-off tourists?

By johnboy 3 July 2009 126

The Canberra Times brings word of plans by the National Kangaroo Protection Coalition to organise a boycott of tourism to Canberra in response to recent ‘roo culls.

    “We’ve been talking about it the last couple of days and we think it’s one of the options we’ve got and probably the strongest option we’ve got to get the ACT Government to stop killing these kangaroos,” Mr O’Brien said.

    He said he believed the Canberra culls were based on unproven science and were motivated by an ACT Government ”hatred with kangaroos”.

It seems unlikely to us here in the bunker that endemic kangaroo hatred is driving policy.

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farnarkler 6:06 pm 08 Jul 09

or Backgammon or even snakes and ladders.

Pandy 5:35 pm 08 Jul 09

The Bush Capital moniker is crap. Especailly with draughts

Spideydog 5:35 pm 08 Jul 09

Ozhair said :

Wonderful how their care factor reduced in proportion to the collapse of their “facts”

Stole the words from my mouth.

Downunder 5:28 pm 08 Jul 09

I used to be a Canberra local. I’m now in rural Victoria. Why is that important to you?

No-one’s talking about eradicating them completely, just trimming the numbers back to manageable. If cars, shooter, bushfires and barbed wire fences really killed as many as you say, we wouldn’t need to take this step now would we…?

Downunder – are you a Canberra local, or from further afield?

Downunder 4:15 pm 08 Jul 09

Or busy perhaps? I’ve just driven 200k to look for a roo crippled by a driver and left to die. Time I could have spent looking after my 12 orphaned EG joeys. I am told that ACT shelters are forbidden to raise them – all orphaned babies must be put down. I don’t think your assessment of a reducing carefactor is appropriate – we do this sort of stuff because we do care. And we pay for it all too.
I believe that Majura took out 6000, Belconnen 400 and the present cull at Callum Brae and other Nature Reserves is expected to about 550. This of course is why the ACT Govt is accused of taking the easy option of slaughter. The writer at: blames the Earless Dragon for being a convenient excuse and casts doubts on the statistics used to justify these ‘culls’. It is worth reading and you can vent your rage there too!
Doesn’t anyone here see the irony and hypocrisy that the one city that was deliberately planned to be a showpiece, the epitome of excellence, a paradigm of perfection, the true Bush Capital, Australian Federation on show etc etc is now so well known for these regular slaughters? Would it be terribly un-Austraian if the ACT Govt tried to live with their wildlife instead?

I’ll now go back to the brick-wall-head-bashing for some light relief.


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