News

Bat lovers show anger over issuing of shooting permits

CRUEL PRACTICE: Sylvia Hood is against culling animals like Ginny, a 24-day-old grey headed flying fox.
CRUEL PRACTICE: Sylvia Hood is against culling animals like Ginny, a 24-day-old grey headed flying fox. Cade Mooney

LOOKING at the furry face of a 24-day-old grey-headed flying fox, it's hard to believe people are legally allowed to shoot them.

But that is the reality now the Queensland Government has begun to re-issue shooting permits for the misunderstood animals ... and people like Sylvia Hood are disgusted.

And that disgust was on public display yesterday when members of Bat Rescue Inc joined the Grey Cross Movement by hanging inverted crosses in trees outside Mudjimba Community Hall.

The crosses symbolised the plight of thousands of flying foxes which will be shot - a move which horrifies members of an organisation dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and relocating the animals.

"Shooting doesn't actually stop bats, they're just reducing the population but they will never eliminate them all," Mrs Hood, the group's president said.

"It's a waste of time and a really cruel practice.

"Our main aim is to help orphaned flying foxes and micro bats.

"We are trying to change the public's perception towards bats, which has been quite negative."

While flying foxes have been blamed for spreading the deadly hendra virus, she said only a very small percentage were actually carriers.

"Very few people have died from the hendra virus and the Lyssavirus.

"We've been handling flying foxes and bats for decades and no one has contracted a disease."

And there were other non-lethal ways for farmers to get rid of bats.

"A very small percent of farmers are affected by bats," she said.

"Most farmers have exclusion netting which is the only real protection from all animals as it's not just bats but possums and birds as well."

Ms Hood and other volunteers at Bat Rescue Inc believed that these permits won't work because people won't stick to their quotas.

>> IF YOU FIND A BAT

  • Don't touch it - Bat Rescue Inc insists that no one touches a bat, whether wearing protection or not.
  • Call either the Wilvo Hotline on 07 5441 6200 or the RSPCA hotline on 1300 264 625.

  •  

Topics:  animal, bats, culling, environment, nature, permits


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Dad defends letting five year old do burnout

Five-year-old Riley Dobson has become a viral sensation after his dad Alex filmed him doing a burnout on their Thagoona property.

The single dad says he built the car with his son

Brisbane, Gold Coast airports hit by Border Force strikes

Extensive rolling stoppages to start today

More than 9000 Queensland kids in foster care

The Department of Communities and Child Safety suspended or cancelled the permits of 30 carers last year while it substantiated 144 cases of harm to children.

30 foster carers banned as 144 cases of harm to children revealed.

Local Partners

UPDATE: Woman remains in critical condition after crash

VIDEO: A woman is fighting for her life after an accident this morning

Dad defends letting five year old do burnout

Five-year-old Riley Dobson has become a viral sensation after his dad Alex filmed him doing a burnout on their Thagoona property.

The single dad says he built the car with his son

Hospital emergency: Thousands clog ED with minor issues

EMERGENCY CALL: Ipswich Hospital's emergency department has been swamped in the past 12 months by people presenting with very minor issues.

Residents need to stop presenting with only minor treatment issues

Police appeal for witnesses to fatal motorcycle crash

Scene of a fatality where male motorcycle rider lost his life on Augusta Parkway at Brookwater.Photo: Contributed

Police have ruled out a white ute from their investigations.

PHOTOS: Marty's graveyard shift in memory of daughters, wife

RESTING PLACE: Martin Kelly at the grave site of two of his daughters, Gayle and Lynne, and his wife Elva.

90-year-old keeping up family's legacy but needs help

Welfare group protests against circus at Redbank

The Lennon Brothers Circus has erected their tents at Redbank.

Lennon Bros use of lions has group riled up

Cyndi Palmer's tribute to murdered daughter

Cyndi Palmer addresses the media.

Mum of murdered schoolgirl calls for public not to speculate on case

MPs say meatworks bosses should take pay cut

JBS Meatworks and abattoir at Dinmore. Beef cattle processing and kill floor.

Workers are taking a 25% pay cut each time shift is cut at the plant

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state