ralph wrote: ↑Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:54 amNot introduced by Australians, but English migrants? Well other the the Aboriginal people, the rest of you are all either migrants or from migrant stock so I'm not sure I can swallow that one.gnads wrote: ↑Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:13 amThey weren't introduced by Australians Ralph ..... they were introduced by English migrants .... the only exception being Cane Toads & Indian Myna birds..... both for the same purpose & both failures.ralph wrote: ↑Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:51 am
Apart from a few 'pest species; being introduced accidently, most of them were as you say, introduced by Australians either to remind them of their old lives, or to provide sport by hunting and killing them or like the Cane Toad, to try and cure a pest that was affecting another alien plant species (sugar cane) introduced for profit. Nature is always evolving and nothing can change that, but when we try to, it often has the most dramatic and unpleasant results. Nature is also resilient, and try as we may, once we have unleashed new life, especially into a country as massive as is Australia, it is almost impossible to reverse the process.
At some point and I'm sure it will eventually happen, the long-forecast and much feared pandemic will result from a viral or bacterial mutation, and millions, possibly even billions of people will d*e as a result. An awful prospect but in the long term, nature's way of curbing a pest species that has got out of balance and out of control.
Yes Ralph the potential for a future pandemic that could cull the human population is always there.
I'm as Australian as any Aboriginal alive today.
The animals that were introduced to become feral pests .... were introduced by the first settlers & very earliest english migrants.
The use of the name "Australia" only became officially used in 1817 after first being used by Matthew Flinders in 1804.
My ancestors arrived here in 1851 from Surrey.