Monday, March 20, 2006

More on the toxic toads

I talked about a recent Nature paper on the Cane toads in Australia, well some more news on them, this time from the BBC

Federal MP Dave Tollner says that the toads deserve no mercy.
"I suggested that people should hit them with golf clubs or cricket bats or, you know, lumps of wood - whatever was at hand. Other people have suggested that you should put them in a box and then gas them with the exhaust of your car. The RSPCA also suggests chemical euthanasia.
"You know, to me it seems far easier just to flog them over the head with a lump of wood," he says.

The toads are a pest species, their skin secretes a toxin, which can kill other wildlife that attempt to consume them. Since they were introduced some seventy or so years ago they ahve been spreading slowly through Australia from their point of release. Currently they are on the outskirts of Darwin.

Still golf clubs and cricket bats?


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