Katter wants a bat cull

11 Jan, 2010 12:33 PM

MEMBER for Kennedy Bob Katter has called for a cull on flying foxes in north Queensland after three men were bitten recently leaving them requiring treatment for rabies.

Flying fox numbers are large because they have access to food from fruit and vegetable crops that didn't exist prior to European settlement.

"We have blood on our hands. We created the conditions that bring flying foxes in plague proportions that allow disease to spread quickly throughout their colonies and entire crops to be destroyed," Mr Katter said.

"To put the welfare of plague numbers of flying foxes ahead of that of humans is sheer lunacy," he said. "A cull is not about eradicating a species, it's about restoring a balance, and restricting the spread of life-threatening viruses such as rabies and Hendra."

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11/01/2010 10:46:09 PM, on North Queensland Register

Bob Katter needs to learn to read some science. Flying-fox numbers have been in rapid decline for at least the last 100 years. The vast majority of Flying-foxes don't forage in orchards; they eat from the ever dwindling forests. Or isn't it science if it doesn't tell Bob what he wants to hear?
Get Real
22/01/2010 12:42:37 PM, on North Queensland Register

You are right maxine, this Bob is probably a member of Field and Game lol.
6/12/2010 9:13:27 PM, on North Queensland Register

we are living with bats at our home and it aint pretty. Bob has got a valid point.


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Pleased that common sense has prevailed. Being close to the policy makers cannot be underestimated
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JohnCarpenter, The lamb and mutton job is going okay- we must be doing some things right.
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Spot on X. Let the Chinese buy as long as we can buy freely in China