An animal rights organisation has been blasted for demanding farmers not kill the mice plaguing their properties in regional Australia.
Millions of rodents have been running rampant by way of massive elements of inland NSW and southern Queensland since final yr, destroying crops and saved hay and grain.
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A spokesperson for Individuals for the Moral Remedy of Animals (PETA) this week pleaded with farmers to not kill the pests, arguing that exterminating them promoted the “harmful notion of human supremacy”.
“These shiny, curious animals are simply searching for meals to outlive,” PETA Media Officer Aleesha Naxakis instructed NCA NewsWire.
“They shouldn’t be robbed of that proper due to the damaging notion of human supremacy.”
Naxakis mentioned as an alternative of utilizing “merciless killing strategies” that “topics harmless mice to unbearably painful deaths,” farmers ought to put money into humane strategies of controlling the outbreak.
“We urge farmers and residents to keep away from poisoning these animals,” she mentioned.
“As a substitute, humane traps enable small animals to be caught gently and launched unhurt.”
Naxakis’ feedback have sparked an offended backlash from farmers and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who lashed PETA as “idiots who’ve by no means been outdoors town”.
“The actual rats on this entire plague are the individuals who come out with bloody silly concepts like this,” he mentioned, in response to news.com.au.
“Their considering round that is reprehensible, when you’ve got farmers struggling.
“You’ve these individuals who have by no means left town and wouldn’t know if their bottom was on hearth, then abruptly they’re telling farmers what to do?
“The one good mouse is a useless mouse.”
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has additionally slammed the PETA spokeswoman’s feedback as “ridiculous” and an “insult” to farmers doing it powerful.
“I’d snort if this wasn’t so severe,” he mentioned.