Victorian farmers are relieved Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has committed not to release dingoes into the wild.
The VFF was concerned the Victorian Government’s revamped Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee risked diluting any attempt to control wild dog attacks by conceding to dingo advocates.
‘‘Wild dogs are an introduced feral animal which need to be removed from the environment,’’ VFF Livestock Group president Leonard Vallance said.
‘‘If apex predators like dingoes are introduced back into the environment before we’ve successfully eliminated dogs, we risk exacerbating the problem by cross breeding; the result would be a ‘super wild dog’.’’
Mr Vallance said the announcement to not release dingoes was pleasing for livestock producers.
‘‘Pests are a huge problem for farmers and the government is showing it’s serious about taking action on this dangerous predator,’’ he said.
‘‘We are certain that under the guidance of Ron Harris (advisory committee chairman) we’ll see the right outcomes for farmers.
‘‘We look forward to working with the committee to ensure wild dogs are no longer an emotional or economic burden on the livestock sector.’’