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Kangaroos ‘not a native pest’

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I read an article about a kangaroo ‘cull’ conducted by Parks Victoria in which 16 kangaroos were shot and left to rot in the park.

Apparently a Parks Victoria spokesperson said culling kangaroos and leaving them to rot in a Malley national park is ‘an acceptable method of disposing of native pests’.

First of all I would like to dispel the notion of ‘native pests’ in their own habitat, especially in a national park where they are supposed to be protected.

In what way are they ‘pests’? They are not a threat to farmers. They are nowhere near busy roads and are not a threat to drivers.

They certainly are not a threat to other native species with whom they have lived in harmony for the last 16 million years.

They are definitely not a threat to any humans because humans do not even live there.

In fact they are not even ‘pests’. Clearly this is a pathetic excuse for a shooting spree by employees of Parks Victoria.

Secondly, leaving animals to rot in the field is a health hazard for all the species living there, not to mention the unaesthetic and sickening stench.

Clearly employees of Parks Victoria are too lazy to dig a pit and bury these unfortunate innocent creatures who were doing nothing wrong, just trying to graze in peace with their family.

You have to wonder what kind of ‘park management plan’ this is and who thought this up.

It’s truly time organisations like Parks Victoria were exposed for the gun-toting, disrespectful cowboys they really are and replaced with an ecologically friendly organisation instead.

Menkit Prince, Uki


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