The English language is a wonderful thing. It can be used to convey highly specific instructions to teach brain surgeons or to assemble a nuclear reactor. It can be used to create art or express love. And it can be used to explain how the beer for a bag of toads program works:
Latest estimates are that there are between 100 and 200 million cane toads in Australia, which means at the standard Queensland "pot" glass size of 285mls, it would take 57 million litres of free beer to wipe out pest - at two toads a bag. But Mr Hedley thinks it will be money well spent.Apparently this bounty program already exists in the Northern Territory. There is the website for the government's program and here are the runners up and the winner in the cane toad trap competition. Oddly, two entrants were judged poorer than one that received this comment: "The trap proved ineffective in that a lot of animals entered the trap, but all escaped."
"As far as I am concerned they're pests and a nuisance to society," said Mr Hedley. "If offering a beer for a bag of toads is one way to wipe them out once and for all then I am all for it," he said.
Anyway, perhaps now beer can save the day.