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Roo cull nears target despite protests

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Canberra kangaroo cull

RAW VIDEO: Footage of the 2013 Canberra kangaroo cull, provided by the ACT Government.

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This winter’s ACT kangaroo cull will get close to its revised quota, with figures set to be revealed after the final night’s shooting on Wednesday.

The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal approved on July 10 the culling of 1244 kangaroos across seven sites after a legal challenge from animal activists, 211 less than originally approved by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna.

A Territory and Municipal Services spokesman said a small protester presence during the three-week cull had not caused a great disruption.

“The government expects to get relatively close to the cull quota, however the original eight-week period was cut – and we’ve also focused on safety and undertaking it humanely rather than rushing through the quota,” he said.

“It has proceeded largely without incident – while there has been a small protester presence ... there hasn’t been any significant disruptions.”

The spokesman said time had also been lost because of rain on the July 20-21 weekend.

He said the government had historically not put out a running tally on achieved killings.

ACT Parks and Conservation Service director Daniel Iglesias told ABC Radio on Wednesday the professional shooters were getting between 60 and 80 kangaroos a night.

6 comments so far

  • Certainly begs the question if close to 1200 Kangaroos can be shot in 3 weeks, why TAMS require 8 weeks to start with. ACT Government you are a joke, your spokespeople need to stop this hogwash about the kill being humanely conducted when todays other Canberra Times report refers to "a professional shooter's .223 calibre bullet from 60 metres away removed most of the head of the eastern grey." Real humane that is.

    Date and time
    July 31, 2013, 2:06PM
    • The animal was killed instantly, that is a humane death. The hundreds lying beside ACT roads should be so lucky.

      Date and time
      July 31, 2013, 2:22PM
    • The roo would not of even known its head was missing nor heard the bang! Pretty stress free if you ask me. Or would it be better for the roo to be shot by a tranquiliser dart and chased around until it cant run any further and then be given a lethal injection? Would that be more humane/less stressful for the roo?

      Date and time
      July 31, 2013, 2:32PM
    • That's an instant kill and very humane. Much quicker and more humane than the previous culling method, which was sedating them with a dart gun then kill them with a lethal injection.

      Date and time
      July 31, 2013, 3:02PM
  • Despite all the bragging of Iglesias, persistent, and dare I say some very gutsy, protestors have had a real slowdown effect on the killings.

    Callum Brae had a revised cull target of 80, or perhaps 94, who knows.

    Shooting there has been going on for at least five nights, slowed down, interrupted and halted by protestors.

    That certainly does not stack up to a cull rate of 60 to 100 a night.

    Date and time
    July 31, 2013, 4:19PM
    • The cull has nothing to do with TAMS/ Parks and Cons preserving habitat in the reserves. If it were, why have they let Pattersons Curse and now St Johns Wort become completely out of control in these same areas. It had nothing to do with overgrazing, more to do with lessening the amount of complaints by very noisy drivers of vehicles..

      Tricky One
      Date and time
      August 01, 2013, 8:43AM

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