The SA Opposition is backing the calls of farmers and local sporting shooter groups to support a national cull of feral animals to minimise the spread of foot and mouth disease.
With about 1 million feral deer, more than 2m feral goats and 24m feral pigs in Australia, concerns have been raised that a FMD outbreak in these feral populations would make it almost impossible to contain the virus.
Opposition spokesperson for Primary Industries Nicola Centofanti said hunting and sporting shooter groups could be utilised nationally in control efforts.
"Feral animals don't stop at borders - so it is really important that we act with other states and the federal government," she said.
"There's a real sense at the moment of the community wanting to get behind our livestock producers and do what is necessary to minimise the risk of a foot and mouth outbreak occurring.
"I think we need a national, coordinated approach where all stakeholders come to the table and we look at culling feral animals like pigs, goats and deer."
Dr Centofanti was calling on the federal government to put additional funds into eradication programs.
"The planning process needs to happen now," she said.
"Unfortunately, we have so far seen no sense of urgency when it comes to preventing this potential catastrophe arriving on our doorstep.
"Foot and mouth disease will spread rapidly if an outbreak were to occur in the feral animal population.
"It is a huge threat to South Australia's economy, jobs and the cost of living so we must all fight this together".
A widespread FMD outbreak in Australia has been estimated as having potential $80 billion hit to the economy, crippling livestock industry and causing irreversible mental anguish to tens of thousands of farmers, their families and regional communities.
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