The problem of abandoned roosters in Launceston isn’t going to fix itself.
The RSPCA has suggested an amnesty as a possible solution to the increasing problem of abandoned roosters in Launceston.
With the number of abandoned birds on the rise, the organisation says it’s time for a community approach.
RSPCA Tasmania president Jan Davis says it would be best to tackle the problem now, before the issue gets “completely out of hand”.
“Unfortunately, there is no one single government body or organisation that has total responsibility for this problem,” she said.
“Local councils can help track down owners and perhaps get those birds returned to them, but that’s not really practical.
“Environmental agencies like the Department of Natural Resources and Environment can step in if the birds represent a pest.
“The RSPCA can get involved if it’s a cruelty issue, but there’s the problem. With no clear legislation on this specific issue it’s very difficult to manage.”
Ms Davis said the solution is a two-step process: “round them up, and then figure out what to do with them,” she said.
She said it might be necessary to consider a rooster or hen amnesty.
“Unwanted birds could be taken to local poultry groups who would look after them or see that they find suitable homes, rather than just dumping them by the roadside,” she said.
“That would be an effective solution, and it has worked elsewhere.”