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In today’s Advertiser Liberal MP for Stuart, Mr Dan van Holst Pellekaan, is calling for the introduction of a $200-a-head bounty for dingos.
The article by Mr Greg Kelton goes on to say that the State Government is unlikely to support such a move with:
Environment Department chief executive Allan Holmes saying four major studies on bounty systems in Australia had concluded they were flawed.
That’s a relief! What was lacking from this article, and possibly the broader debate over dingo population, is a humane alternative.
Until very recently, I was unaware that llama’s can be successfully used to guard livestock. They have been used across the United States and Europe, and more recently in Australia (especially in South Eastern New South Wales in the last five years). In fact, according to the 4th NSW Pest Animal Control Conference held in 2008, the use of llamas as livestock guarding animals to protect sheep from wild dog attacks (including dingos) has been successful, resulting in:
“…significant reductions in stock loss from wild dog attacks along with a marked increase in lambing rates.”(1)
Similar findings have been reported by wild dog management groups, which note a decrease in the number of wild dog attacks when llamas are used to guard sheep.(2) Finally, according to research by Iowa State University
“Guard llamas offer a viable, non-lethal alternative for reducing predation, while requiring little specialized training and care.”(3)
In light of the supporting research, we need a team of elite guarding llamas to humanely protect livestock from dingo attack, not a $200 bounty.
The Adelaide rally to ban live animal exports received an impressive turn out.
For those that couldn’t make it, you can view the speeches from Greens MP Ms Tammy Franks, Independent Senator Mr Nick Xenophon and RSPCA (SA) CEO Mr Simon Richards below. All three speakers impressed the need to keep up the pressure on your local Federal MP, but also backbenchers. Interestingly, Ms Tammy Franks explained that an old fashioned letter via snail mail has a greater effect than an email; although an email is better than nothing.
However, the war is not won. The suspension is for a maximum of 6 months. It is designed to allow the industry, Government and Indonesian abattoirs to introduce initiatives to ensure adequate animal welfare standards are met for the slaughter of Australian cattle.
Deciding to purchase a new dog or puppy is an exciting time. The joy that our four-legged friends bring into our lives and homes is unrivalled. In order to find the most suitable dogs for adoption, there are number of considerations that you need to think about before you adoptapet.