Bob Katter accuses Terri Irwin of undertaking an ’emotional publicity trip’ over her opposition to crocodile egg harvesting
- Bob Katter made bizarre comparison as egg harvesting law comes under fire
- The Queensland MP compared crocodile eggs to women’s reproductive system
- ‘Imagine if every woman in Townsville had 50 or 60 babies a year?’ he said
- Environmentalists have recently slammed the QLD law as endangering species
Bob Katter has hit back at Terri Irwin after she criticised Queensland’s crocodile egg harvesting law, accusing her of engaging in a ‘publicity trip’.
Ms Irwin, the widow of beloved ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve, is strongly opposed to the move to allow harvesting of wild crocodile eggs for luxury goods including handbags, shoes and meat.
‘This lady has no difficulty in telling us what we should and shouldn’t do in North Queensland when she lives 2,000km away,’ Mr Katter said.
‘I hesitate to make a statement where this lady, without the hard intellectual rigour that should be applied to these issues, is just flying in and going on an emotional publicity trip,’ Mr Katter said.
Bob Katter (pictured) has compared crocodile eggs to women’s reproductive system as Queensland’s new harvesting law comes under fire
Ms Irwin (pictured), the widow of beloved ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve, is strongly opposed to the move to allow harvesting of wild crocodile eggs for luxury goods
The Federal Government introduced new harvesting laws to the state’s conservation laws just before Christmas.
Under the change, crocodile hunters can apply for a licence to harvest eggs from wild nests and sell them to private farms.
The new law has come under fire from environmentalists including Ms Irwin.
She said it will be ‘catastrophic’ for the species and would have a detrimental impact on the ecosystem in Queensland.
‘The Queensland State Government is destroying the future generations of an apex predator by allowing the removal of eggs from nests in our most pristine, wild environments,’ Ms Irwin said in a statement.
‘This flies in the face of the most comprehensive research conducted on crocodiles. Compromising an apex predator initiates a trophic cascade effect, which will reduce the abundance of other animals in the ecosystem.’
Under the change, crocodile hunters can apply for a licence to harvest eggs from wild nests and sell them to private farms. Pictured: Bob Katter
Mr Katter dismissed Ms Irwin’s comments, and confirmed his support for egg harvesting.
‘I have to remind everybody a crocodile has 50 or 60 eggs a year. Could you imagine if every woman in Townsville had 50 or 60 babies a year?’ he said.
‘There’d be a bloody lot of kids in this town.’
Goods made from crocodiles have proved to be a lucrative industry in Australia.
The Northern Territory relaxed the harvesting laws since the 1980s and a state government report indicates more than $54 million was brought into the NT economy in 2014-15.