NSW mice plague: Aussie farmer burns rodents in TikTok video

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06/06/2021 03:10

Australian farmer Andrew has gone to extreme lengths to get rid of the mouse plague that is devastating crops. Photo / TikTok, @ andyj3825

An Australian farmer captured the moment when he got rid of the hundreds of mice that ravaged his property – but not all were impressed with his idea.

The farmer, known only as Andrew, uploaded a video to the TikTok social media platform of hundreds of rodents dropping hundreds of rodents from his grain conveyor into a burning 44-gallon drum.

He said the mice attacked his snail, a corkscrew-like farming machine, by climbing inside to nest and presumably eating leftover grain after it was used to pump the grain into a silo.

Andrew’s method of getting rid of the pesky rodents received a lot of support on TikTok, but a lot of people lined up to criticize the embattled farmer in the comment section.

Australian farmer Andrew has mastered both praise and criticism for his extreme efforts to get rid of the mouse plague.  Photo / TikTok, @ andyj3825Australian farmer Andrew has mastered both praise and criticism for his extreme efforts to get rid of the mouse plague. Photo / TikTok, @ andyj3825

One person commented on the video and said they didn’t like mice, “but that’s messed up,” to which Andrew replied, “You [sic] confused”.

A bystander said “This is wrong” but Andrew hit back again and said “Your” [sic] not correct”.

Another person said he could definitely have killed the mice “a little more humanely”.

“So is it human to bait them?” Andreas answered.

“They slowly die over time. To drown them is human. Give me a humane way to kill them and I’ll do it. “

Andrew said the video had already been removed from the platform but he appealed and they put it back on.

Another viewer said it was a brutal way to kill her, but he was on the farmer’s side.

Australian farmer Andrew drops mice into a burning 44-gallon drum.  Photo / TikTok, @ andyj3825Australian farmer Andrew drops mice into a burning 44-gallon drum. Photo / TikTok, @ andyj3825

“I think there are several methods of removal. This is evidence of cruelty to animals,” said one person.

“You have no idea what it is like, brother, I hope they infest you there [sic] Houses, “Andrew said to another commentator.

Andrew posted another video a day later showing the mice falling off the grain elevator again, but this time a 44-gallon drum didn’t burn underneath.

The ongoing rodent infestation in Eastern Australia has caused an estimated $ 100 million in damage and exacerbated a mental crisis in the regions.

Some farmers have lost up to $ 300,000 to ruined crops as the mice chew through whatever they can get their teeth on.

Australian farmer Andrew films mice falling off his grain conveyor belt the next day.  Photo / TikTok, @ andyj3825Australian farmer Andrew films mice falling off his grain conveyor belt the next day. Photo / TikTok, @ andyj3825