When grazier Angus Emmott posted a photo lately of 5 dead wild dogs hanging in a tree near Winton in western Queensland, an age-feeble debate was sparked again.
- Photos of 5 dead dogs strung up in a tree went viral on social media
- Some graziers think the tradition is outdated, but others say it serves a purpose
- The local council eliminated the dogs from the tree
Why finish wild dogs obtain strung up, and who’s putting them there?
Mr Emmott, from Noonbah Station, believed it was an outdated practice that ought to dart the way of stringing eagles, which is rarely done anymore.
“I correct feel that hanging dingoes in trees, on public roads, particularly after we’re trying to promote our region’s tourism … makes us seek fancy a bunch of savages,” he said.
“Hanging them up on a public road is correct no longer acceptable.
“Once you happen to dart back a very fast period of time we old to finish this with eagles as properly and socially, we have passed from doing it with eagles.”
Mr Emmott said only a “small subset” of graziers and folks that are living on the land hung wild dogs in trees.
Mr Emmott’s social media put up went viral among Winton residents.
The town’s mayor Gavin Baskett said the council supported the eradication of wild dogs, adding that they had been often hung to make folks aware of the situation.
“There are a couple of totally different reasons why this happens and council definitely would no longer condone the hanging of wild canine carcasses in trees,” Cr Baskett said.
“Dogs ought to be killed humanely and disposed of in a totally different way.”
The dogs have been eliminated from the tree.
Dogs culled to offer protection to livestock
But no longer everyone agrees, and Ilfracombe grazier Engage Pearce said when travelling in the outback, context was vital ahead of judgement was passed.
He said stringing up dead dogs began as a way for trappers and doggers to indicate their work in state to be paid.
“The trapper may indicate they’d actually got rid of that many.”
He said it was a way of communicating to neighbouring landholders that there had been dogs in the area and that graziers had been taking it seriously.
“It’s a way to let your neighbours know that you are no longer sitting back and doing nothing about the situation,” he said.
For Mr Pearce, it is vital that folks know graziers finish no longer cull wild pests to be cruel, but as part of management and a way to offer protection to their cattle.
“There is a purpose for it,” he said.
“I do know it’s hard to understand why we finish these things at time … it’s a measure we take to dwell on out right here in this country,