City told to slaughter 300 kangaroos in grim, ‘money-saving’ plan

City told to slaughter 300 kangaroos in grim, ‘money-saving’ plan

Three hundred kangaroos will be shot to make way for a new road and sports facility in Western Australia, if a proposal is accepted. A 99-page draft environmental assessment, prepared for the City of Canning in June recommended against relocating the “land-locked” kangaroo population living at the 67-hectare site. The draft report advised finding a […]

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‘Dingoes were here first’: the landowners who say letting ‘wild dogs’ live pays dividends

‘Dingoes were here first’: the landowners who say letting ‘wild dogs’ live pays dividends

By their own admission, John Knight and Caroline Thomas are blow-ins to the cattle country in South Australia’s far north. An Adelaide cardiac surgeon and a clinical researcher respectively, they bought Evelyn Downs, a cattle station near the Painted Desert about 150km north of Coober Pedy, in 2006 and moved north a decade later. From […]

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Debate over radical plan to farm kangaroos in Australia – Should it be legalized?

Debate over radical plan to farm kangaroos in Australia – Should it be legalized?

Kangaroos would be farmed across Australia under a radical new plan advocates say would create income for landholders and better animal welfare outcomes. While many farmers shoot macropods, like kangaroos and wallabies, to make way for livestock and crops, the proposal would see pastoralists paid to retain and “manage” them. In an upcoming paper, Professor George […]

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Tasmanian devils wipe out thousands of penguins on tiny Australian island

Tasmanian devils wipe out thousands of penguins on tiny Australian island

An attempt to save the Tasmanian devil by shipping an “insurance population” to a tiny Australian island has come at a “catastrophic” cost to the birdlife there, including the complete elimination of little penguins, according to BirdLife Tasmania. Maria Island, a 116-square-kilometre island east of Tasmania, was home to 3,000 breeding pairs of little penguins […]

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