SUGAR GLIDER PLAN A DISGUSTING SOLUTION
AN article in the Sunday Tasmanian tells of the State Government funding a plan to the amount of $150,000 to trap and euthanase the beautiful sugar glider because they say they are causing decreasing numbers of the swift parrot (“Parrot mission targets gliders”, Sunday Tasmanian, September 30).
It is said they raid the swift parrots’ nests, eat the eggs and kill the babies and/or kill the adult birds.
Apparently this has not actually been witnessed, just that they have been seen entering and leaving the nests.
Wildlife experts are calling for sugar gliders to be stripped of their protected status due to the fact they are not native to Tasmania, having been introduced here during the 1800s. The sugar gliders will be trapped and euthanased.
Why do we allow these mistakes against nature to happen due to short-sightedness by government departments and lack of compassion towards creatures?
We don’t have the right to continue to slaughter (and that’s exactly what it is) when someone decides that some creature may be causing a problem.
Why do these little creatures have to be euthanased? Why can’t they be either relocated to other areas in Tasmania, or to their natural habitats in Victoria? Or would that require too much effort on the part of the relevant departments?
If the swift parrot numbers are threatened, it has more to do with the Government allowing so much deforestation, destroying their habitats.
This is a disgusting solution by the Government, but then what could we expect when they allow the use of the horrifyingly cruel poison 1080? Elaine Goodyer Bridgewater