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TBA Calls for "Cull Of Fruit Bat Colonies"

Friday, 8th July 2011

In an immediate & dramatic reaction to the developments at Macksville, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia chief executive Peter McGauran this morning called for a cull of flying foxes down Australia’s east coast. He told ABC Radio that governments now need to “come together to tackle the problem” & implement “a concerted & co-ordinated response” to the threat of Hendra virus spreading via fruit bat colonies. McGauran said it was time for governments to organise a major cull of bat colonies right along the east coast, noting there are “massive colonies in Sydney” including in the city parklands immediately adjacent to Randwick Racecourse. McGauran warned the Hendra threat is no longer confined to Australia’s northern tropics & the bats could potentially carry the disease across significant areas of southern Australia, declaring “it’s only a matter of time”.

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