Proposal to dynamite rabbits out of their warrens Miles Kemp From: The Advertiser February 11, 2010 12:00AM 60 commentsIncrease Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these?FARMERS are being urged by authorities to use poison gas and even ammonium nitrate explosive to blow up rabbits, as biological controls fail. A warning issued to SA farmers by the Environment Department urges them to "overcome the rabbit's tremendous breeding potential" by traditional means such as bulldozers, poison baits, fumigation, dogs and even explosives. "Explosives are an alternative for follow up control . . . accreditation and training is mandatory," the information bulletin issued by the Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board (ALNRMB) states. CSIRO Invasive Animals chief Professor Tony Peacock said the advice reflected the fact that authorities and farmers were resorting to more unusual techniques while scientists searched for the next biological control for the pest. The bill for rabbit control now tops $200 million a year. Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar. Rabbit cullIs killing rabbits with dynamite humane? Yes No Vote now .Related CoverageTown losing fight against rabbits Daily Telegraph, 1 Oct 2009 Rabbits destroying Perth Perth Now, 14 Sep 2009 Mum pay is road to ruin Courier Mail, 8 Sep 2009 Beach bunnies dig in at Grange Adelaide Now, 2 Sep 2009 Readers' Comments: Beach bunnies dig in at Grange Adelaide Now, .End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar. He said the use of explosives to solve the rabbit problem was unusual but legally allowed if the user was licensed. Professor Peacock said blowing up rabbits in their warrens was not as inhuman as people might think and had been ranked by the CSIRO and RSPCA as one of the better ways of destroying warrens. "Calicivirus is not as effective as it was and the people that have the least problem are those who also destroyed warrens so the rabbits didn't come back," he said. ALNRMB operations manager Deb Agnew said biological controls were still active but rabbit populations were thought to be recovering. "If landholders want to retain the improved vegetation condition achieved following biological controls then they should ensure they continue to use traditional controls for warren destruction," she said. SA Rabbit Rescue spokeswoman Sally Arnold said explosives and dogs should be discouraged because of cruelty. Do them like prairie dogs here. Oh wait, idiotic firearms law. Break out the dynamite.