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Tasmania & Maria Island will close a week from Friday so that the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service can exercise kangaroo and macropod population control measures

& # 39; We are fed up with the execution & # 39 ;: animal rights groups are angry because the island is closed to visitors while hundreds of kangaroos and wallabies are shot

  • Maria Island will make way close to the public for annual controlled slaughter of wildlife
  • Animal Liberation Tasmania said authorities should look for alternative solutions
  • Officials said clearing was necessary, and said they would get sick if they were overcrowded
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A popular tourist hotspot will close to make way for massive wildlife shots and local animal rights groups are furious.

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Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania will close for a week from Friday, allowing the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service to kill the kangaroo and macropod population. The Mercury reported.

The island's massacre operations have taken place since 1994, but the Animal Liberation Tasmania chairman, Kristy Alger, said authorities should look for alternative solutions.

Tasmania & Maria Island will close a week from Friday so that the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service can exercise kangaroo and macropod population control measures

Tasmania & Maria Island will close a week from Friday so that the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service can exercise kangaroo and macropod population control measures

& # 39; If we look at the need to clean up animals every year, why don't we look at other solutions for the longer term? & # 39; Mrs. Alger said.

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& # 39; People just go in and kill … There must be a more proactive way to tackle it. & # 39;

She also added that the animal rights group is fed up with & # 39; that implementation is the only measure used for population measures.

A spokesperson for the Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Department said that the animals were “sick and sad”. if the numbers of macropods are too high in places such as Maria Island (photo)

A spokesperson for the Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Department said that the animals were “sick and sad”. if the numbers of macropods are too high in places such as Maria Island (photo)

A spokesperson for the Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Department said that the animals were “sick and sad”. if the numbers of macropods are too high in places such as Maria Island (photo)

But a spokesperson for the Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Department said the animals were “sick and sad”. if the numbers of macropods are too high.

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& # 39; That's what we want to prevent, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; PWS has the responsibility to preserve the island's biodiversity and at the same time maintain a viable and healthy animal population and has actively managed the island's macropod species.

Island slaughter operations have taken place since 1994, but Animal Liberation Tasmania (photo) President Kristy Alger said the authorities should look for alternative solutions

Island slaughter operations have taken place since 1994, but Animal Liberation Tasmania (photo) President Kristy Alger said the authorities should look for alternative solutions

Island slaughter operations have taken place since 1994, but Animal Liberation Tasmania (photo) President Kristy Alger said the authorities should look for alternative solutions

& # 39; The decision to remove these animals is based on a scientific monitoring program with three key indicators: the condition of the pasture, the condition of the animal and fertility, the current and predicted rainfall and therefore the available food. ;

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The number of animals to be identified was not disclosed, but more than 500 macropods were targeted last year.

Maria Island will reopen to the public on July 6.

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