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Newman puts flying fox cull back in farmers' hands

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:10 pm
by edfrank
Newman puts flying fox cull back in farmers' hands
The World Today
By Caitlyn Gribbin
Posted Wed Apr 4, 2012 6:06pm AEST ... ds/3932598
Environmental groups are up in arms after Queensland's new LNP Government announced it will once again allow farmers to shoot flying foxes.

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That practise was banned four years ago, but Campbell Newman's recently-installed Government says it will legalise shooting if non-lethal methods of controlling the bats fail.

Gayndah, west of Maryborough, prides itself on its thriving citrus industry but has also recently become renowned for something else: the flying foxes that have made the area in and around the town their home.
Petitioning Queensland Premier
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Campbell Newman and the LNP QLD Queensland Premier
Flying foxes under threat in QLD ... eat-in-qld

We all love our apples and oranges, but Campbell's re-instatement of an ineffective and inhumane method of bat culling means our sweet treats now come at a much higher price; the price of animal cruelty.

'Bat shooting is inhumane and ineffective.'

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This is the conclusive outcome of independent studies into shooting bats to protect crops. Yet Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has re-introduced the practice only moments after winning the last State election.

As a small business owner struggling to survive, I understand the importance of keeping our local economies strong and giving as much support as we can to Queensland businesses. But we must ask, at what cost? After doing some research I discovered that these animals are shot with shotguns, and only 5% die instantly. The rest are left to die slow and painful deaths.

Bat shooting DOES NOT deter other bats from attacking crops. Is the LNP’s plan to wipe out the species altogether? The only effective solution is crop netting. If the LNP can’t manage to support fruit growers by increasing subsidies for netting costs, at the very least they must cease the supply of permits to shoot bats. It does not work. Animal cruelty is not the solution.

Please sign this petition and let Campbell Newman know that you do not support this blatant act of animal cruelty. Our politicians work for US, not the other way around.

Use your voice, and save a life.