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.