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The picture tells the story

May 3, 2014

DSCN7632The devastating effects of barbed wire on wildlife have been previously posted on this website (click HERE to view) and have recently featured on the King Parrot Creek Environment Group website. Let me state up front that I am not a farmer and have never been one. I have not experienced the vagaries of ovine or bovine mentality. Therefore, to those who run stock, the following commentary may appear naïve or biased. I do realise that to replace all the barbed wire on a property is expensive, but if you are building a new fence consider the effect that barbed wire has on the native fauna.

These photographs were taken last week. They were taken on a piece of land so rocky and so steep that only a cow or sheep with a DSCN7629hover pack could have reached it (therefore any justification for barbed wire based on stock pushing through fences is probably invalid). The bloodied tufts of feathers on the ground suggest that the ensnared Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) struggled to free itself for some time, and probably died a slow and painful death from hunger or thirst or both. No creature, whether it be a magnificent owl or a humble moth (featured previously), deserves a death like that. The picture says it all. End of commentary.

P.S. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect the views of other authors on this website (although I suspect that they do).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Terry Hubbard permalink
    May 3, 2014 12:00 pm

    Ron, You may know already that CMAs and Govt programs involving subsidised fencing forbid barbed wire and there is a gradual shift away from its use because of damage to animal skins. From experience the greatest difficulty in change lies in the increased costs to the landowner in extra post clips, insulators, the solar powered units and of course the constant requirement to see that it is working. None of these are factored into subsidised fencing. Just this week I built 100 metres of barb wire free fencing around a paddock tree – to build it to a standard which I know will not require further maintenance, 9 plain, no barbs,no electricity and which will permanently exclude sheep and cattle the cost came to $11:00 per metre plus labour and equipment. Contrast this with a standard 7 strand fence ( 5 plain 2 barb ) at about $7:00 per metre with no need for the electrical extras and it give you some idea of the problem. Terry

  2. Di Foletta permalink
    May 3, 2014 1:01 pm

    There is nothing good about barbed wire, it causes such horrific pain and death to so many animals and birds

  3. Rohan Clarke permalink
    June 21, 2015 10:11 pm

    Ron,
    Pretty confident this image shows a Barking owl (!!!) not a southern boobook. Happy to discuss ID via email.

    • ronlit permalink
      June 22, 2015 5:45 pm

      Hi Rohan,
      Happy to go with your id. An owl officianado I am not.
      R

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