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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Die toads! Bad Toads!

Australia Lawmaker Urges Killing Toads
A government lawmaker advised people in northern Australia to bludgeon to death a species of toxic toad imported from Central America more than seven decades ago.

Cane toads, which release noxious secretions when threatened, were imported to the northeastern state of Queensland in 1935 to control beetles on sugar cane plantations. They have since hopped all the way to Australia's northeastern coast and south into parts of the state of New South Wales, killing much of the native wildlife that eat them — particularly the endangered marsupials called quolls.

Liberal Party lawmaker David Tollner said Monday the best way to stop the spread of the animals is to hit them on the head, as he did when he was a child.

"We hit them with cricket bats and golf clubs and the like back then," he told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio...
Finally, an undertandable use for a cricket bat.

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