Footage of the steps taken by Australian farmers in culling the rabbit population.
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Menace of the rabbit. Australia.
CU A rabbit. LS Ravaged land, trees with stripped barks etc. Rabbits running about in background. LS Rabbits running about ravaged land. LS A rabbit running into its burrow. LS Rabbits running about ravaged land. LS and GV Expanse of land laid waste by rabbits. LS (2) Soil being whirled away in dusty clouds from waste land. CU Entrance to rabbit burrow. SCU Entrance to another burrow. MS Pan shot of indentations in earth caused by collapsing rabbit burrows. LS Pan from ravaged land to other side of wire fence. which prevents rabbits from passing, showing grass flourishing where rabbits cannot reach it. MS Stick raking over withered carcasses of rabbit that died of starvation because the wire netting kept them from grass. CU Fingers pointing out a hole in wire fence where rabbits have got through.
MS Well marked rabbit trails leading from hole in fence. CU Man looking at bottom of tree trunk which has been stripped on bark by rabbits. LS Interior. Factory where machines are producing wire netting. MS Man operating machine. CU Wire being twisted on machine. CU Rolls of wire netting. CU Hand scraping away soil. CU Man setting trap. CU Farmer setting trap, and covering it over with earth. MS Man preparing to put poison into rabbit burrow. CU Poison on a long spoon being sprinkled with water and then placed in burrow. CU Burrow being earthed in after insertion of poison. CU A pump, which is used for pumping gas into burrows.
MS One man filling in burrow while another pumps in gas. LS Mechanical plough sealing entrances to widespread maze of burrows after insertion of gas. MS Hand plough sealing entrances. MS Man leading a horse. MS Man unloading heap of dead rabbits - collected in traps - from horse. MS Man skinning rabbit and slinging carcass. CU Pile of carcasses. CU Skin being stretched over frame. MS Man hanging rabbit skins on to fences to dry. CU Pile of rabbits carcasses being burnt. LS Dead rabbits. LS Rabbits running about. CU Rabbit.
Cataloguer's note: Australian newsreel item.