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Monday, April 24, 2006

Farming the Native Wildlife of Australia

Farming Native Wildlife - Poll at envirotalk:

Should we be farming/harvesting Australia's native wildlife?????

I have looked into emu farming on my own property. It is NOT going to be

For starters, very high (and expensive) fences have to be installed.
You cannot start with a couple of pairs, you have to start with 50 (off
memory). Those 50 have to be purchased from an established (licensed via Dp
nat resources and environment) emu farmer and there are none of whom that i
found are willing to sell that many … at this stage. The animals need to be killed on site and an "environmentally friendly" waste site has to be established to do the
killing and the processing of the waste. The finer details are available via

I have not yet looked into farming roos, wallaby's, possums or goannas or
any other native species.

As far as I know there is no license to undertake such activities.

As a former chairperson of WIRES South in Sydney, and as a hands on wildlife
carer for a few years, i have had some real experience with wildlife from
jelly bean to release and productive life.

I do know that goannas contain many tape worms in their stomachs, i have
seen them with my own eyes as i pulled a chicken out of one's throat,
regurgitating its stomach.

Not a pretty sight.

moving right along...

I would like to set up a small diverse meat farm utilising all of the above
animals. My property could easily support at least 50 native animals in my
opinion, I cannot imaging how many goannas! I certainly have enough to live
off sustainably on my property. They compete with me (very successfully) for
my chickens and their eggs!

From my enquiries to date, my dreams of farming native animals for their
meat is going to be very hard to get through to reality due to this type of
industry simply not existing anywhere yet in Australia. If it hasn't yet
been done, then there is no permit, therefore, i can’t purchase one to start
it! So i am not allowed to... simple. ????

I'm not talking about a cruel monoculture type system where animals are
housed in un-natural pens and overcrowded, or left in baron hot fields all
day, lucky to find the shade of one half dead tree, but a natural bushland
setting with ONE fence, surrounding them all, where the well fed happy
animals over-breed naturally in their natural environment (with the addition
of my house) and their offspring are taken for others to eat to maintain a
constant balance (as in perm culture).

Moving on to Cattle...

I can pick up a sick newborn for free locally. I can raise it myself or put
it onto a cow that is feeding another or is being used as a milker. I can
crowd it in with others and treat them all terribly, sckitching dogs onto them
and not worming them. Then i can have them butchered for a handy profit. Or
i can take them to market myself or sell them off at a Sale.. where they
will experience being overcrowded in trucks, surrounded by fellow stranger
terrified and prodded animals, then locked into tiny filty hot pens while
being hit with electric shocks before they have to go through it all over again once sold,
before they are being slaughtered (hopefully humanely), though I have never been
to a slaughter house, so I couldn’t say. Anyhow, this treatment of animals is
“normal” so it is all ok! Hrm….

I know all the stages above are true, i have watched them (first hand) in
various States around the east coast of Aus. My neighbours did it all the
time and made small fortunes from these animals misfortune, fear and misery.

On top of the above with cattle, their hard hooves degrade our land in the wet season
and the holes they make allow weeds to become very firmly established.

Continuing along this track simply does not make sense!

This issue is important for the sake of our natural environment.

Our natives are here for our natives, we should be farming our natives...
with a little help from some introduced friends which are also sustainable.



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