CQ split over council’s $10 cat scalp bounty –
‘Disgusting, cruel, about time’: readers
CLAWS are out over a divisive call to cull Central Queensland’s feral cats.
Within seconds of sharing news of the $10 price tag the Banana Shire has put on cat scalps, battlelines were drawn between the region’s cat lovers and haters.
Within 3.5 hours, more than 1000 readers have voted in The Morning Bulletin’s online poll, which asked if putting a bounty on feral cats was the “right solution”.
The majority of those who voted are in favour of the cull; 54% of the total 1081 voters as of 3.20pm yesterday.
Of those, 29% (322 people) believe the $10 bounty should be higher.
Closely behind them are the “there must be a better way” believers, making up 43% of voters (467 people).
You can still vote online, even if you are the 1% of people who didn’t care before and “don’t care now”.
The initial report outlined the council had allocated $25,000 in its Land Protection budget to cover the cost of the bounty and would continue the program until this funding was exhausted.
The decision has opened up discussion on where to draw the line, with some commentators outraged cats will pay the ultimate price for their owners’ decisions.
Lindsay Lakin said: “If people looked after their cats we wouldn't be in this position where they are pest and destroying all other wildlife it's unfair on the other wildlife they are killing every day.”
Other readers believed scalp-happy hunters won’t distinguish between the domestic and feral felines and indiscriminately kill the lot:
KIMBERLEY WHEELER: This is disgusting any jo blo will just find a cat (domestic or not) and get the money why don’t they fund desexing instead? TEAGHAN SMITH: Oh that's going to end up like every other time it's been tried across the country. People trap pet cats on their lawns, kill them for the money. Good job. Apparently nothing has been learnt from the past.
Pete Torrisi wonders though, why cap the bounty at cats?
“This is a great idea and should be rolled out all over regional Australia,” he commented.
“The bounty should be widened to foxes and cane toads.”
Those who backed the cull said it was “about time”. LACHLAN JARRETT: This is a great move taken to preserve our native wildlife. Take the bounty away and it is still a great initiative to support the culling of a feral pest. I hope other councils take this action on board. Bounty or not I’m still going to do my best to cull the numbers where I live.
But Helen Bant said there was a solution which would make the cull redundant.
“Make desexing free problem will decrease,” she said.
The bounty should be widened to foxes and cane toads.
— Pete Torrisi
UNDER ATTACK: Readers are divided on a Central Queensland council’s call to cull feral cats.