Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Booral Street No Place for Shooters

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Booral Street No Place for Shooters

Article excerpt

THERE is no doubt our country has a love-hate relationship with the kangaroo.

The humble mammal appears on our coat of arms, we use it as a marketing tool, and yet everyone in regional Australia knows we don't blink when we see one dead on the side of the road.

Ask any tourist or city dweller how they feel about kangaroos and cameras will appear.

Ask a farmer in the outback how they feel about the so-called cute and cuddly creatures and a gun will appear just as quickly.

In the past there have been periods where it was absolutely necessary for a mass culling of kangaroos to take place in the interest of our struggling farmers.

Even now there are many parts of the country where numbers need to be kept down on a regular basis.

Few would argue this is not necessary.

One has to ask, however, what could possibly be gained from slaughtering the creatures just for the sake of it.

The residents of Wheeley St in Booral were yesterday asking this exact question after they were forced to witness a mass killing of kangaroos and livestock in their backyards. …

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