PETA blasted over mouse plague comments

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Animal rights group PETA has been slammed by the Deputy PM for demanding farmers don't kill the mice.

Michael McCormack, called PETA idiots "who have never been outside the city”.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) spokesperson Aleesha Naxakis told NCA NewsWire "“these bright, curious animals are just looking for food to survive”.

“They shouldn’t be robbed of that right because of the dangerous notion of human supremacy”, she said.

Mouse plague making its way to Sydney

The remarks from the animal-rights activist has sparked outrage from farmers across NSW, Queensland and northern Victoria decimated by the mouse plague. 

Meanwhile NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro criticised Naxakis' comments as “ridiculous” and an “insult” to farmers doing it tough.

A $50 million rescue package, with free poison for farmers and mice bait rebates of $1000 for small businesses and $500 for households was announced last week by the NSW government.

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20 May 2021

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