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Mulligans Flat kangaroo slaughter - Australia's Shame!

ACT Parks and Conservation Service director Daniel Iglesias said these kangaroo "culls" would only occur ''every now and then'' to bring the number of kangaroos down to a sustainable level to vaccinate to control fertility.
These ecologists are playing "god" and obviously don't trust Nature, or natural evolutionary/environmental methods to stop "over abundant" native kangaroos. TAMS Parks and Conservation director Daniel Iglesias said the cull would ensure kangaroos level are kept to an appropriate level and would protect threatened ecosystems and other animals.

ACT Parks and Conservation Service director Daniel Iglesias said these kangaroo "culls" would only occur ''every now and then'' to bring the number of kangaroos down to a sustainable level to vaccinate to control fertility.

These ecologists are playing "god" and obviously don't trust Nature, or natural evolutionary/environmental principles, to limit "over abundant" native kangaroos. TAMS Parks and Conservation director Daniel Iglesias said the cull would ensure kangaroos level are kept to an "appropriate level" and would protect threatened ecosystems and other animals. It assumes that kangaroos are excluded from ecosystems!

What are "sustainable" or an "appropriate level" except for esoterical words that are flexible, covering with "greenwashing" implications? It's also a word used to justify native animal massacres. What real ecological evidence is there of numbers being not "sustainable"? None have been revealed, and with the ignorance of most of Canberra's population, they will accept the status quo, from a government-employed "expert".

An anti-fertility drug in bait form could be available in the next 10 years, but the ACT government will still use firearms to help control the abundance of eastern greys in Canberra. Research officer Claire Wimpenny said the most recent trial had shown positive indications for a successful vaccination. It's ironical that the real environmental threats don't come from wildlife, but urban expansion and human population growth.

Highly skilled marksmen?

Activists found kangaroos with bullet wounds to their bodies, contrary to government policy, which states that the animals must be shot in the head.

TAMS Parks and Conservation director Daniel Iglesias said the government employed "highly skilled" marksmen who were able to hit their targets. With carcasses quickly disposed of, and little transparency, the activists are the only source of reliable information.

However, clean head-shots would require almost Olympic standard skill as kangaroos are likely to be moving, and they have small heads.

Mr Iglesias said the RSPCA approved of using firearms to prevent the "over population" of kangaroos. It remains qualitative and subjective, and without sound ecological support or empirical evidence.

(brochure - thanks to Sylvia Raye)

Mulligans Flat- long history of cattle grazing

Mulligans Flat contains areas of native grassland which are of interest as south-east Australia has lost 99.5% of its lowland native grasslands in the last two hundred years. Native grassland areas were attractive to European farmers for grazing sheep and cattle, consequently, most of these grassland areas have been changed by grazing and pasture improvement. Mulligans Flat has retained areas dominated by both kangaroo and wallaby grass as well as open forest and woodland areas and it has few introduced grasses or weeds. The reserve was included in Canberra Nature Park in 1994.

The Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary encloses over 400 hectares of critically endangered yellow box-red gum grassy woodland. The aim of the sanctuary is to restore the woodlands to pre-European condition by removing feral animals including foxes, cats, hares and rabbits and reintroducing locally extinct species. Just how do kangaroos conflict with this aim, rounded together with "feral" animals, considering they are part of the pre-European ecology? There still hasn't been time for the ecological systems to fully restore from 200 years of destructive cattle grazing, and it's all to easy to use kangaroos as scapegoats for Nature's struggle to restore the systems to pre-European pristine levels.

Mulligan's Flat with Kangaroo group

Density estimates of 1.42 kangaroos per hectare were made in Mulligans Flat in August/September 2008. This doesn't sound like an "overpopulation"! Kangaroo numbers will naturally fluctuate according to the seasons, and this so-called, "humane", surgical removal and disposal of native kangaroos from Nature parks is based on questionable, self-serving arguments.

Our native symbols - bloodied, dead and buried

The grisly photos from a dug-up mass grave show bloodied corpses clutching hairless joeys, all victims of Canberra's barbaric bureaucratic "management" of Australia's iconic marsupials.

Comments

"There's something rotten in the state of Denmark" (Hamlet). The fish is rotting from the head down—all is not well at the top of the political hierarchy. The same could be applied to Canberra, Australia's head of political and administrative power!
The ACT government is blaming activist for breaking the fox-proof fencing protecting the endangered native species, but riflemen in quad bikes were rounding up terrified kangaroos who were running into the fences in terror. It would take Olympic standard skill to kill with head shots, as the Code of Practice demands.
The RSPCA and the "Conservation" department of ACT are guilty of this massacre of native wildlife, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, assuming them to be nothing more than vermin. They have been exposed!

Canberra has always been a bad idea. Isolating ideological politicians with access to community billlions is not a good idea.
Creating an artificial city across native kangaroo woodland is one of the madcap outcomes of the place.
The politics is rotten in Canberra at all levels of its navel gazing over-government.

The DeathCap Mushroom native to Canberra is its deserving emblem.

How hypocritical to have kangaroos on Australia's coat of arms when our nation's undeserving capital slaughters them.

How hypocritical to have a kangaroo as a the icon of Australia's tourism promotion when our government encourages their industrial slaughter for pet food.

Tigerquoll
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Snowy River Region
Victoria
Australia