Aussies Bicker Over How to Murder Toads

State would prefer folks bludgeon, not suffocate invasive species
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Aussies Bicker Over How to Murder Toads
A cane toad roundup.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Residents of Western Australia, Oz’s largest state, are incensed by a government mandate that might seem odd to those in, say, Kansas: When engaged in the mass killing of cane toads, use the cricket bat instead of the bag of carbon dioxide. Aussies have long made a sport of cane toad genocide—the amphibian is a voracious and toxic invasive species—and CO2 has emerged as the humane alternative to bludgeoning. Not so, say authorities.

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The state thinks the toads suffer during suffocation by CO2, and would prefer the “traditional” methods of freezing or whacking pending further tests. “It's quick, it's effective,” a spokeswoman tells the AP. “That's going right back to giving people a golf stick and telling them to go forth and conquer!” a veteran toad fighter complains. Another has more practical concerns. “If you hammer a toad, you've got to be very clever and very quick to be able to kill it instantly.” (Read more cane toad stories.)

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