l the evidence to the contrary.
Members of the Forum were of the view that the farmers were indeed suffering stock losses from predators and that something needed to be done, but that the proposed lethal onslaught would only serve to damage biodiversity and would not solve the farmers’ problem. After all, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and again, and expecting a different result.
It is my personal opinion that the sale, use and possession of all gin traps, and the use of poison, should be banned outright. This would then compel (law-abiding) farmers to look at different forms of predator management. Poison and gin traps are so indiscriminate, so environmentally ruinous, that I am still confused as to why so many farmers adamantly insist upon going down a road that is 350 years old and has proved to be ineffective.
Unless the farmers become more open to change, negative perceptions against the industry will spread, and farmers – along with our wildlife heritage – will be the losers.
Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan
Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Sec 21 NGO
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