Which states are suing to have the Tasmanian Government scrap the ‘bull’ cull?
Posted February 09, 2019 11:13:31Tasmania is being sued by six states over a proposal to use a new “bull” cull to cull more than half of its feral cats.
Tasmanian Government chief executive Matthew Guy says the cull is necessary to reduce the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of the spread in the state.
He says the new plan will reduce the number of animals that can be killed by culling but not in the future.
The state’s first-ever cull of feral cats was due to take place in January.
Mr Guy says that was due, in part, to the need to remove more than 400 cats from the state’s forests and waterways.
“We are still working with our local partners to develop an operational plan to reduce numbers,” he said.
The first cull of the year was announced in October, but Mr Guy says it has been “challenging” to keep the program running.
“The plan was approved by the Legislative Council and the Government, but there are some challenges with the current plan and the rollout of the plan,” he says.
“So we have been working with partners to provide a plan that is achievable and that is working, but it’s not a quick fix.”
What are the Tasmanians fighting for?
Tasmans first cull is part of a wider plan to cull feral cats in Tasmania.
In November last year, the State Government proposed a cull of up to 80 per cent of feral animals by the end of the decade.
However, Tasmanian Minister for Natural Resources, Adam Bandt, has said he would consider culling more cats if the plan could be implemented.
“It’s about the future of the species, the viability of the animals and the viability in terms of the environment,” he told ABC Radio Hobart.
“If we can get that right we can save the species.”
Mr Bandt says the government will consult the public on its plan and “look to see if we need to change it”.
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