Controversy in Ushuaia over wild rabbits: an organism proposes fumigation and protectionists appeal to Justice


A scientific body dependent on the Conicet proposed a plan to eradicate the wild rabbit population in the city of Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego. The determination generated a strong controversy, and two animal protection societies resorted to the Federal Justice to stop it.

The idea of Austral Center for Scientific Research (Cadic) is to use phosphine gas to fumigate, since, according to the organism, the animals build burrows that put at risk the foundations of the institution’s building, located near the bay, in addition to generating environmental damage to the ecosystem of the area.

Given this, the Association of Lawyers and Officials for the Defense of Animals (Angry) and the Association of Friends of the Fueguino Animal Kingdom (Araf) they opposed the measure, and delivered a alternative proposal.

The societies proposed a plan for “ethical population control” of rabbits, which consists of the placement of specially designed cages, as traps, to capture them and then castrate them. Later, they would be relocated to another property, which would allow them to control the habitat in which they live.

In addition, they indicated that the eradication would threaten the “wildlife and biological diversity” of the place, given that the substance they propose to use for fumigation is “highly toxic for any living being. “

Along these lines, Afada and Araf filed an appeal for protection before the Federal Court of Ushuaia, in charge of the judge. Federico Calvete, to stop the project of the scientific entity. The magistrate decided to notify the parties to the conflict that “a conciliatory instance, in order to unite criteria regarding the conflict raised, “confirmed judicial sources.

The agency, for its part, specified that “a passive fumigation and manual extraction “, through a procedure that” will not involve a risk to the safety or health of humans or other animal species and has no impact on the environment. “