There is a big question right now as to the feral animals found in Australia and whether there is a necessity for them to be eliminated or it’s just that the country is not familiar with these non-native animals that they decided without thorough consideration?
Are we going to let go of the last traces of these wild animals that could be beneficial to ecosystem? It is common in cities to conduct eradication programs such as pest control in Sydney in order to keep these wild creatures’ population under control.
These are the questions that are running around the mind of Dr. Arian Wallachwho is an ecologist and came from Israel but residing in Australia for the last decade.
Dr. Wallach is currently working at the Centre for Compassionate Conservation in the University of Technology Sydney. He said that Australia and New Zealand are two top countries in the global scale that give great focus on programs that eradicate introduced wild creatures.
She added that in other countries, conservation is not focused on the fact that an animal is native to the country or not. There are places wherein introduced animals are given higher protection like in the United States where they protect wild donkeys and horses.
When looking at the other countries’ perspective, it might be up for discussion as to how Australia is handling introduced species into their territory. It looks as if the country is quick to see the negative side of the wild animals without considering the positive side.
In a recent study where Dr. Wallach is a co-author, they researched about the introduced species which is the herbivorous megafauna. The animals are heavier than 100 kilograms and there are currently hundreds of thousands in the country. These are large animals that are considered pests like horses, camels and water buffalos thus they are controlled.
While it is the instinct of many to call pest control in Sydney, it is cautioned by experts that these pests do not carry negative effects alone but positive impact to the environment as well. Their contribution to the food chain is important just like any other wild creatures.