Last week I wrote to the Prime Minister suggesting a cane toad cull with the help of the public.
There are over 200 million of these vermin cane toads across the country.
Since their misguided introduction to deal with cane beetle in the North Queensland town of Gordonvale in 1935, cane toad numbers have exploded beyond the borders of Queensland and are having an enormous effect on native Australian species.
Unlike native frogs that lay between 1,000 and 2,000 eggs during their breeding cycle, toads will lay between 8,000 and 35,000.
Their poisonous toxin is deadly to many native species including lizards, quolls, dingoes and crocodiles. Adult cane toads will eat almost anything it can fit in its mouth, including dead animals and pet food scraps. Their appetite knows no boundaries.
While I recognise the federal governments $2 million dollar research into cane toads in 2008, it is clear to most Australians, no solution was found to eradicate their existence.
When rabbits plagued our nation, a sizeable reward was posted for the biological control of the species. Other invasive species such as European carp have been eradicated from waterways using biological measures and I believe it is time our Federal Parliament takes a swift, bipartisan approach into the eradication of this pest species.
I have encouraged the Prime Minister to introduce a 3 month bounty over the Summer months to help reduce the breeding numbers throughout Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
A 10 cent reward for the collection of each cane toad, I believe would encourage most Australians living with the pest to take an active role in reducing their numbers until a biological measure is developed.
Here’s my letter to the Prime Minister: