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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Committee calls for national pest initiative.

Committee calls for national pest initiative. 28/11/2005. ABC News Online

A federal parliamentary committee considering the cost of pest animals in Australia has recommended the creation of a national pest and weeds committee to control invasions of feral animals, such as pigs, cane toads and camels.

The House of Representatives Agriculture Committee has found pest animals cost the economy more than $700 million a year.

It says the 23 million feral pigs roaming the country that could cause devastation if foot-and-mouth disease broke out in Australia are an example of the problem.

The committee has called for a national approach, recommending for all governments to substantially increase funding for pest eradication.

Other recommendations include the employment of animal controllers, the Federal Government encouraging states and territories to ensure 1080 poison remains available and encouraging commercial uses for pest animals


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