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18 March 2009 - Springborg promises to bring back animal cruelty      

Springborg promises to bring back animal cruelty

18 March 2009

Humane Society International has slammed the Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) for promising to bring back animal cruelty if elected this weekend.

A shocking new report, made public today, reveals the horrific cruelty flying-foxes suffer when shot by fruit farmers.

Yet Lawrence Springborg has promised fruit farmers that the LNP will overturn the ban on shooting flying-foxes in Queensland that was instated by the Labor Party.

The Labor Government banned the shooting of the threatened native animals last year following a finding by the Queensland Animal Welfare Committee that the practice is inhumane.

The new report details autopsy findings from 136 bodies retrieved from a typical orchard after shooting events. “Shot gun pellets pepper the animals’ bodies causing multiple fractures and haemorrhaging. A high percentage of animals are not killed instantly and are left wounded in the trees to die slow painful deaths from their injuries, infection, dehydration or predation,” said Nicola Beynon for Humane Society International.

The autopsies indicate 79% of animals would have been conscious and in pain before succumbing to their injuries at least several hours after being shot.

The majority of animals shot are reproductive females and a high percentage are lactating – their orphans die from starvation.

“It is unethical to cause so much animal cruelty when alternative methods of protecting fruit crops are available such as netting, which is also far more effective at protecting crops,” concluded Ms Beynon. 

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