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Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003

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Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003

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Tabled Paper 1123

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Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2003-10-16

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Tabled by Delia Lawrie

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English

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Tabled papers

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/307061

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/346011

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Written Submissions Parks & Wildlife Commission NT Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 17 where if you did have a physical collection, you probably could keep them reasonably toad free and it might be places like Marrara Stadium where you say, do things for the footie, lets get in there and collect the cane toads and certainly I mean, it might actually act as a little bit of a magnet for cane toads if youve got a nice irrigated footie pitch you know. Mr WOOD: And lights. Dr LAWSON: Thats right. Mr BALDWIN: That is where they love it. . on my lawn every night. Madam CHAIR: They dont like astro-turf though, so Ill be fine. Mr WOOD: Lawn bowls too. Mr BALDWIN: Oh well that raises the question obviously in the whole information campaign thing, is that you wont stop people from trying to get rid of them and theres that humane aspect of how you should dispose of them. And its going to have to be, we are going to have to say something on it in terms of public relations. You dont want to encourage kids going round with golf sticks and you know, beating the hell out of them. Its not only how theyre dispatched, its what you do with them then. Madam CHAIR: I was told freeze bags. Mr BALDWIN: Thats what they promote in Queensland, in a big hurry. Dr LAWSON: Yeah well I mean, the humane treatment of feral animals I think is sometimes overlooked and it shouldnt be, after all, if you look at it plainly, its not the cane toads fault its a pest, is it? And it is actually a sentient animal, it can feel pain so I think that, I agree with you Tim, I think theres a very large responsibility on all of us to say, yes they are a pest, no we dont want them but dont be cruel to them. And certainly I think the most innocuous way to actually kill them is to use the freezer method. If you really want to be gentle, put them in the refrigerator first. Mr BALDWIN: Gets the mothers and wives really hopping, I tell you, when you suggest that youve got all these live jumping things in these plastic bags and you just throw them in your freezer they go, Oh, whaaaa! Theyll just freak out. Mr BONSON: One thing is the evidence weve got about the fox and donkey stuff and theyre talking about the fox and they use baits. Now, you know were talking about a disease, biological effect, you know has there been any development of a bait situation you know, a food product that these toads might eat? That you know they first invade into a water area, we go and drop ten baits around it and theyd come


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