Tuesday, April 12, 2005


BBC News is reporting that a member of Australian Parliament, David Tollner, has caused quite an uproar by claiming that Australia would have more luck combatting the invasive cane toad (Bufo marinus) if people clubbed them to death with the nearest blunt object. Animal rights groups are not happy, and claim that it is more humane to kill the toads by freezing them. Bludgeoning to death something as big as my head sounds like the makings of a disgusting mess to me. Then again, putting one of those things in my freezer for three days doesn't sound so great either. Maybe Australia needs to set up cane toad redemption centers, giant freezers where you drop off your cane toad and get a dollar. Read more about this "media fiasco" via The Australian and ABC News Australia.

Tip of the virtual hat to R. Stevenson for suggesting this post.

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