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Qld Mayor Says Bats Have "More Rights Than People"
Meanwhile apolitical storm broke out in Queensland yesterday, with Acting Premier Paul Lucas “rejecting calls for a culling of flying foxes, prompting Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale to declare bats now had more rights than people” reported The Courier-Mail. The newspaper noted: “Mayors across Queensland have called on the State Government to overturn a ban on culling bat colonies following the latest Hendra virus outbreak.” Pisasale said the native animals were “driving some communities to breaking point. The bats are more protected than people. What's happening to this country? I always thought that people come first but no, the bats come first & the people have to move out. The human race is not a protected species, but the bats are.” Charters Towers Mayor Ben Callcott said his community had been “pleading with the Government for years to let them cull or move on a massive bat colony” & emphasised: “Where's the next Hendra outbreak going to happen? There's already people in jeopardy. We could be next in line. The Government has to have the guts to change the legislation & get rid of the bloody things. There used to be dinosaurs here once. They're gone & we're still here & bats can be the same issue as far as I'm concerned.” Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent “also called on the State Government to step up & consider limiting bat colonies in horse & fruit-growing areas”.