Criticism won’t stop bat permits
THE State Government will issue kill permits to farmers to shoot flying foxes that are causing damage to fruit or vegetables.
Despite criticism from animal welfare advocates, local farmers that are suffering crop losses because of bats can apply for the permits as part of an overhaul of the damage mitigation permit system.
Member for Cook David Kempton said the State Government “will act responsibly to remove bats where they are having economic impact or endangering the health of people or livestock”.
“We’re not necessarily going to take a Bob Katter approach of shooting all the bats, we will use whatever reasonable means necessary to remove them from fruit crop regions and also conduct research into the bigger picture of why bats are relocating in such large numbers in urban areas,” he said.
Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue member Annie Schoenberger said it was not just bats destroying crops.
“There are also birds involved with this,” she said.
“The plan to issue these licences to shoot bats is an inhumane way for farmers to try and rid themselves of this issue.
“Shooting them is just taking us back into the dark ages. There are other ways to deal with bats, like safe netting.
“We think the Government should take a look at the reasons why bats are coming to these areas.
“So much of their natural habitat is being destroyed that they are forced to seek food elsewhere.”
Hanging around: Fruit bats