Useful And Fantastic: Doing Something To Stop Roadkill
Val Yule is concerned about the slaughter of animals by speeding vehicles.
Roadkill is driving some species towards extinction all over the world. There are too many cars and trucks on many more roads than before that go through their habitats.
Tunnels and overheads to enable animals to safely cross roads are used in some places. This can help a little at locations where many animals get run over, but does not solve the problem.
At present some people may try to save the wounded and the infant animals whose mothers are squashed, but that is kindness too late.
A British man eats road-kill as his way of preventing waste, and there are American recipe books which feature roadkill.
But we could do something to prevent roadkill instead of taking it as a fact of life/death. A speed-limit of forty miles per hour at night and dusk in wild-life country would help. Slower driving through bushland could prevent many deaths.
A campaign could make people feel shameful for boasting about how many creatures they had killed during a single trip.
People could put ribbons and flowers at places where animals have been killed.
"Of Tasmanian roadkill, 70 per cent are hit in roadkill blackspots, which only exist on small sections of the road," said scientist Alistair Hobday.
We could ask for inventions. For example, a form of warning for animals that a car or truck is coming.
Ten minutes on Google can find you a whole lot of sensitive and insensitive things done and thought about roadkill.
Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People Newspaper, estimated that the following animals are being killed annually by motor vehicles in the United States:
41 million squirrels
26 million cats
22 million rats
19 million opossums
15 million raccoons
6 million dogs
An average of one wild creature is killed on Tasmania's roads every two minutes. claims claims scientist Dr Alistair Hobday.
"Pretty much everything that lives in Tasmania, we've seen dead on the road.''
"Nearly 300,000 animals are killed on Tasmanian roads every year. Among them, 4000 Tasmanian devils - about 5 per cent of a population already being dying from an infectious cancer," claimed Michelle Paine back in November, 2008.