- Thursday, 08 May 2014 13:57
After months of submissions and tireless work by the Alphadog AnimalArmy team, the ACT TAMS Minister recently informed us and the wider community that the ACT government now wishes to pursue fertility control as a preferred method of non-lethal management for Eastern Grey Kangaroo populations. Non-lethal solutions are the future of wildlife management, and we applaud the government for taking this step.
Off-the-shelf fertility drugs are available and proven both ethical and effective in their application to free-roaming kangaroos. The Minister requested that Alphadog AnimalArmy Inc. provide him with a specialist project plan, which we subsequently delivered and presented to him on Tuesday evening this week. The plan offers the government an immediately implementable fertility control program that will be delivered at one fifth of the cost of its current killing program and, if properly implemented, will be successful in eliminating culling altogether.
While the Alphadog AnimalArmy team has again presented the Minister with strong evidence to demonstrate the government must undertake independent assessment of ACT kangaroo density models, and analysis of current population figures prior to continuing with further culling or implementing a fertility control program.
Fertility control programs allow for a range of measurable monitoring outcomes through use of microchips (less cumbersome than ear tags or collars). Data can be collected and analysed to enable accurate population counts through remote monitoring and e-gate technology. The data can also be used for the planning and implementation of effective and well-placed wildlife corridors.
ACT government documents show that fertility control has been available and proven effective on Eastern Grey Kangaroos for over 10 years. The drugs used are shown not to impact on kangaroo behaviour, social dynamics or interactions. An adult female kangaroo who has an in-pouch or at-foot joey can be administered fertility control with no impact on lactation or ability to care for and rear her young. Fertility control is effective for 3 or more years and is NOT sterilisation. During times of hardship, kangaroos need not be re-administered with fertility control drugs, allowing their populations to remain stable.
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