Now, cane toads are quite a nuisance, apparently, to the farmers and inhabitants of northern Queensland, being poisonous, chomping on all other wildlife, spreading salmonella, and being generally annoying, but gathering hundreds of people, children as well, together for a mass hunting of toads as entertainment is just plain weird.
Today's article quotes a city councilman as saying, "To see the look on the faces of the kids as we were handling and weighing the toads and then euthanizing them was just..." As he breathes a sigh of contentment.
The neighbors in five communities got together with picnic lunches for the event, called Toad Day Out, and in the dead of night, collected the toads, "which the rules stated must be captured alive and unharmed -- [and ] were brought to collection points and examined... The creatures were then killed, either by freezing or by being placed in plastic bags filled with carbon dioxide."
I understand that toads can be annoying, but here's the worst part: "The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has applauded the effort."
Could this be any more ridiculous? This is a fifth of a country, nay, a CONTINENT, waging war on... not terrorists, (no Al-Qaeda in Australia), not banks or investment firms (apparently their economy is fine), not even drug lords (no borders to smuggle heroin across)... No, Australia is at war with TOADS.
And its not the army waging this war, oh no. It's the kids! Yes, lets get all the children together and teach them a hands-on lesson about life and death. They shall hunt the toads together and then watch us kill them and then celebrate by getting drunk. Yay! Fun!