Rabbits an Innocent Animals a Headache for Australia
Rabbits are generally thought of as innocent, cute, and harmless animals, but they have become a headache for Australia. According to the French news agency AFP, the millions of rabbits found in Australia are damaging the ecosystem and all efforts to stop them have failed.
The story begins in 1859 when an Australian citizen, Thomas Austin, brought only 24 rabbits from England, but now their number is around 30 million. These rabbits spoil the crops and plants and eat the crops and plants causing a lot of loss to the local farmers. These are destroying the native plant species, the native plants causing the degradation of the natural environment, and threatening the survival of many native species.
Rabbits Grow Very Fast
Compared to other animals, the number of rabbits grows very fast and if you take one pair of rabbits in a year, then after a year their number increases to about fifty. There was no threat to their survival in Australia, so in the last 70 years, they have occupied 70% of the country’s territory.
Food and Agriculture
If we talk about the damage cause to agriculture. Due to this animal, according to the Australian Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The country loses about 130 million US dollars every year. For more than a century. Australia has try everything possible to reduce the loss. Including trapping, hunting, habitat destruction, poisoning. And even using explosives, but There has no reduction in their numbers.
This seemingly innocent-looking aquatic creature. Has actually become a headache for Australia. And they will go to any lengths to get rid of it. Currently, there are 30 million rabbits in Australia.
Cancer in Rabbits
In the 1950s, science was called upon to develop a virus. That causes cancer in this innocent animal. There was success in the beginning. And their numbers went from 60 crores to 10 crores. But they soon got use to it and the numbers start growing again. Another virus was use but it also start to harm other organisms and this project also fail. A fever virus was then use which spread to New Zealand through mosquitoes. There are currently 300 million this innocent animal in Australia. And the Australian government says it is trying to eradicate them completely.