TOAD KILL

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Carenda Jenkin

Dal­rym­ple MP Shane Knuth wants the North’s an­nual Toad Day Out to go statewide

CANE toads are Queens­land’s pub­lic en­emy No. 1.

And there’s no doubt Dal­rym­ple MP Shane Knuth hates their warty lit­tle guts.

The Charter s Tow­ers­based LNP politi­cian has re­newed calls for a statewide cull of the pests in a bid to drum up more sup­port f or t his week­end’s Toad Day Out.

Mr Knuth said Townsville, Char­ters Tow­ers and Ca i r n s h a d h o s t e d t h e Clean-Up Aus­tralia Daystyle cane toad col­lec­tion event for the past cou­ple of years.

More than 1500 peo­ple took part in Townsville last year with more than a tonne o f t o a d s c o l l e c t e d , t h e crit­ters hu­manely euthanised and taken to JCU and a taxi­der­mist for dis­posal.

‘‘ We want to get to the point where we want ev­ery­one in Queens­land do­ing this,’’ Mr Knuth said.

‘‘ We have the po­ten­tial to wipe out six mil­lion cane toads in one day. When you look at it, one fe­male toad pro­duces 20,000 eggs.’’

Mr Knuth sowed the seeds of the Toad Day Out about five years ago.

‘ There was an ac­knowl­edge­ment that if we were wait­ing for science to solve the prob­lem, we’d be wait­ing 50 years,’’ he said.

‘‘ They are the most hated and dis­gust­ing crea­ture. No­body was tak­ing the ini­tia­tive in do­ing some­thing about it. They are killing our na­tive wildlife.

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