Mosman, a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales, had a problem with too many rabbits in its Curraghbeena Park, and its council had decided to kill the rabbits by putting out poisoned carrot pieces. But now they have changed their minds – at least temporarily – thanks to the intervention of a local resident who convinced her council to give a try to a less cruel solution. Simone Roberts reported the news in the Mosman Daily News. Here are some highlights:
After listening to an argument from Mosman resident Belinda Roberts, the council agreed to allow her to trap and euthanise the animals at her own cost.
Ms Roberts presented the idea to the council as an alternative to using chopped carrots covered in pindone poison.
“It’s a start,” Ms Roberts said. “I don’t want them to be put to sleep but it’s surely better than what they were going to get.”
The council’s open space and asset management team leader John Grady said the trap-and-euthanise method was not used because of a lack of time and resources.
“There are too many rabbits for it to be an effective or efficient means of control,” he said.
“But we will look at her results.”
The animal lover will be given two weeks to trap and euthanise 10 rabbits or pindone baits will be laid at the park.
The decision follows passionate debate on the Mosman Daily website.
You can read the full article online at http://mosman-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/mosman-rabbit-cull-halted-over-cruelty-fears/
Animal rights groups and individuals in New South Wales say the use of carrots laced with pindone is inhumane, but it has been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.
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