As usual, like every other area of the anti-hunting lobby, those protesting have little idea of what they on about.
I wonder if Mrs Feral (the name is very appropriate....an unwanted non-native and destructive animal
) likes to benefit from other animal products like beef, lamb, etc. or simpler non-killing stuff like wool?
If so I wonder if she knows how much feed her "poor wittle kangawoos" remove from live stock?
Friends have a 200 acre property where they raise potty calves(under 12 months
) for sale.
They have between 100 and 200 roos on their property constantly.....drought or plenty.
And when it rains and the grass grows there is a population explosion.
A female roo of any kind can have 3 joeys(babies
) going at any one time; one out of the pouch but still suckling, one tiny jelly bean sized baby in the pouch and a fertilised embryo in the womb.
Further, they can freeze the development of the 2 smaller ones if conditions are bad and then start it up when there is decent food.
So even when welcome rain brings new grass there are more roos to take the extra feed.
My friend applied for tags to cull and stated 120 roos on their property, which was a conservative average.
Usually they get about 20% of the stated number, which is bad enough in itself.
This time they got 5!
It is ridiculous.
And to add insult to injury a neighbour who used to live in city and only has 30 acres of barren land next door has complained about guns so much my friend chose not to use the tags as she says he is a good neighbour otherwise.
She actually apologised to me because she was sorry that I couldn't shoot on their land.
I personally would've told him get a grip and look around him.
Guns are part of life on the land and that he'd be warned when I was shooting and should wear earplugs or go away for a couple of days!
Another friend actually fenced off a huge section of his land in perpetuity so the grass could grow back without the cattle over grazing it.
And what happened?
The local roo population came out of the neighbouring National Park and stripped it bare instead!
People need to get their facts straight.
I have no particular joy in shooting roos; it isn't exactly sport.
But at least I have the satisfaction of knowing when I do it that it will help my friends from going under.