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Australia culls 400 kangaroos

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posted on May, 19 2008 @ 10:59 PM
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Australia culls 400 kangaroos


www.iht.com

An Australian animal rights group endorsed a continuing cull of 400 kangaroos on the outskirts of the country's capital, saying Tuesday that it was a humane way of dealing with overpopulation.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on May, 19 2008 @ 10:59 PM
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Now before people start getting upset, you will note that animal rights groups have already endorsed this procedure.

A controlled cull is absolutely necessary not only in Canberra but across the country. If you have lived on or visited a farm or know a farmer you will agree.

It is not as though they are in any way endangered

The government estimated there are between 15 to 50 million kangaroos across the country depending on seasonal conditions.

and as the article states, the meat can be used for human consumption

The four most abundant species of kangaroo can be harvested under a government license, and the meat is exported around the world.
so it is not a total waste.


www.iht.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on May, 19 2008 @ 11:19 PM
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European settlement created these large numbers of kangaroos in the first place because we cleared the land and created ideal grassland conditions for the roo's.



posted on May, 19 2008 @ 11:26 PM
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When i worked on a aboriginal community Kangaroo was all the people would eat and it cost them nothing but a packet of amo each month

Roo tail stew is very nice and the meat is a bit rich the first few times you have it But it's just meat

Just like some one killing a cow or sheep no big deal



posted on May, 19 2008 @ 11:33 PM
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So if this culling is an acceptable and "humane way of dealing with overpopulation," then why do people get in such a big stink when it is the human race people speak of culling...? (Albeit usually not so 'humanely') And who determined there is an overpopulation... and who is the "overpopulation" affecting most to warrant this? And who is the cause of the overpopulation?

Maybe we should just have an 'open season' on humans to 'humanely' alleviate our own overpopulation... right?

(Just playing devils' advocate tonight... just in one of those moods
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posted on May, 20 2008 @ 07:40 AM
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I can agree with this, I used to live in a small town in Colorado and we had a huge problem with Elk much the same way. The Elk would come into town and cause a lot of problems.

Successful hunting and systematic and carefully regulated population control does a lot of good for a species.

For one if a species gets too overpopulated disease starts spreading about the herd. For another the land cannot support such a large population and thus some of the animals will starve. Without natural predators. (something I suspect was done once that Australia was colonised) the population of herbivores gets out of hand.

This adversely effects farmers and also causes dangers in urban areas where the animals will start to go into. Traffic accidents and other problems.

If you keep the population of kangaroos in check, the herd will thrive, and you will have a sustainable resource of food that will do the economy a bit of good.



posted on May, 20 2008 @ 08:41 AM
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hmm yes it sucks.

Even worse when they cull the Kolalas on Kangaroo Island... terrible.

oh and then the Govt decide to cull the Galah's... fargon bastages...

I so hate culling... when should the humans be culled?

terrible..



posted on May, 20 2008 @ 10:38 AM
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Not sure why this would be seen as breaking news, Roo's are culled every day. The pelts and meat are used and generate employment, the Roo's have more territory and food per animal to survive with lower numbers and there is less infringement from them on agriculture and farming.

As for the Koala's on Kangaroo Island being culled, that is far more humane than watching them starve to death when they have depleted their natural food source, the Eucalypt, it is a closed enviroment for them.

The culling of Galahs is also acceptable when they reach plague proportions in certain area's.
There numbers have also risen dramatically due to European settlement and the abundance of grains and crops.



posted on May, 20 2008 @ 05:34 PM
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Not sure why you would think its terrible.... there are sooo many kangaroos in this country its not funny. They are pretty tasty actualy lol.



posted on May, 20 2008 @ 05:34 PM
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Originally posted by sinema
As for the Koala's on Kangaroo Island being culled, that is far more humane than watching them starve to death when they have depleted their natural food source, the Eucalypt, it is a closed enviroment for them.

The culling of Galahs is also acceptable when they reach plague proportions in certain area's.
There numbers have also risen dramatically due to European settlement and the abundance of grains and crops.


???? They don't cull for those reasons. They don't cull because it is in the best interest of the animal species, they cull because the animal species is/ or has been problematic to mankind.

KI has an abundance of Eucalypt. That isn't the reason.



posted on May, 20 2008 @ 07:13 PM
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Originally posted by Thurisaz

???? They don't cull for those reasons. They don't cull because it is in the best interest of the animal species, they cull because the animal species is/ or has been problematic to mankind.

KI has an abundance of Eucalypt. That isn't the reason.



Rubbish.
Oohh i can use bold letters too.


The koala's are defoliating large area's of the Island and their natural food source.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_Island


The introduced Koalas have flourished on the island, to the degree that their preferred food source, the Manna Gum, is currently at risk of extinction. Koalas have recently been forced to turn to other, less palatable, species. Management methods used include surgical sterilisation and transfer to suitable empty mainland sites. This does not appear to be keeping up with the breeding rate, though, so the only practical solution may be culling. The government is opposed to this though, fearing an economic backlash through tourism boycotts.



news.nationalgeographic.com


Koalas, declared an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service two years ago, are anything but threatened on the 737-square-mile island where they strip the manna gum eucalyptus trees they favor, eventually killing the trees. The government has sterilized about 3,400 adult koalas since 1997 and shipped out over 1,000.
"When we remove the koalas, the trees recovered. It is a clear indication that the koalas are the problem," says Keith Twyford, Kangaroo Island regional manager for National Parks and Wildlife South Australia.
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www.abc.net.au/nature


Overbrowsing by abundant koalas has defoliated large areas of riverine habitat on the island. A Task Force recommended a culling program to remove 2500 koalas from the island. This was rejected by the government as a threat to the tourist trade and instead a program was initiated to to catch, sterilise and translocate animals. This program was suspended in 2000 when it became clear that the numbers on the island were too large for such a costly program.

No solution has yet been found.




The sterilization program is thought to be flawed as well because of the inbreeding of the koala's on the Island, sterilization might kill off the naturally fittest and leave a weakened breeding colony.
I guess if you'd rather watch animals slowly starve to death then you would be against a restricted culling program.

I hope 3 sources are enough. Would you also like me to quote reliable sources regarding the kangaroo and Galah culls?


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