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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.
The government estimated there are between 15 to 50 million kangaroos across the country depending on seasonal conditions.
so it is not a total waste.
The four most abundant species of kangaroo can be harvested under a government license, and the meat is exported around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
edit to fix code.
[edit on 20-5-2008 by sinema]
[edit on 20-5-2008 by sinema]