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A 16-strong team is preparing to shoot dead 3,000 reindeer in a mass slaughter on a small Antarctic island.
A tiny herd of reindeer was introduced to the British territory of South Georgia for food by Norwegian whale hunters a century ago.
Since then the numbers on the island have exploded and the animals are causing significant damage to the environment and threatening the native king penguins.
The team of mainly Sami reindeer herders is now preparing for the cull and has set up fences and a corral for the reindeer.
Most of the animals will be slaughtered with a bolt gunshot to the head. However, those in remote areas, or those near penguins where stampeding reindeer could trample birds, will be shot by rifles.
Ten reindeer were originally brought to the island in 1911.
Originally posted by PhysicsAdept
Well at least it is a shot to the head instead of a shot to each leg or something horrible.
Originally posted by fnpmitchreturns
Reindeer meat is delicious... That was the only meat we ate while in Norway on a NATO float..... Too bad they don't have PETA drug and move the deer........ PETA could do it at their cost and save the state money ....
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Youd think they could raise a significant amount of money for preservation with modestly priced guided hunts to the area.
Sort of how rich people spend tens of thousands of dollars to hunt elephants on preserves that are no longer able to reproduce. All that money goes back into the preserve.
Nah, just let government agents slaughter them en masse. That's better.
Mr Andersen said the reindeer meat would be transported to the Falkland Islands. The hope is it will be sold to locals and to visiting cruise ships.