Australia: The contradiction between logging national park trees and killing feral cats

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Murray Valley National Park

It has been well documented that the authorities across the Australian continent are desperate to keep down the population size of feral cats and indeed to eradicate them if at all possible because they see them as destroying their native species. There are countless articles on the Internet about the Australian’s attempts to slaughter feral cats as quickly as possible and in as large a number as possible. The latest method is to poison them by chucking frozen sausages out of a helicopter laced with a nasty poison which I believe paralyse them.

Murray Valley National Park

Murray Valley National Park. Photo: Ross McDonnell.

Today, on The Guardian website there is a headline which states, NSW deputy premier vows to open up Murray Valley national park to logging.

In other words the authorities governing New South Wales in Australia want to chop down trees in a protected national park by introducing new legislation. That will be a threat at the very least to wildlife in the park. No doubt it will cause the destruction of a percentage of the population of certain wild species which depend on their forest habitat.

The reason why they want to chop these trees down is because they want to restart the river red gum industry which was wiped out by the stroke of a pen (in creating the park) they say. They won the industry to return by carving out a part of the national park. I don’t know what that industry is but this is about jobs, employment and businesses set against the natural world and this forest which gets in the way.

The point that I’m making in a roundabout way is that the Australian government and state governments are in conflict. One the one hand the federal government wants to eliminate feral cats to save wildlife and on the other hand state government is destroying wildlife by supporting business. It’s incoherent and in any case it is impossible to mass slaughter all the feral cats on the Australian continent.