"We want to remind everybody that mice do feel pain and fear. So, if they must be killed, it's really only the most ethical and right thing to do, to do it as quickly and as painlessly as possible," PETA's spokesperson Aleesha Naxakis said on Friday (May 28).
The region has been battling a mice plague for several months after heavy rains in recent years relieved the country's worst drought in 50 years. The wet weather not only helped produce the country's largest ever grain crop but also provided ample food to mice.
New South Wales state in May offered farmers free bait to deal with the problem, but the size of the outbreak has led to calls on the government to allow the use of bromadiolone, a toxic poison currently banned in Australia.
However, some farmers and environmentalists warn of unintended consequences to native animals. Animal welfare activists like Naxakis believed the government needs to think of better solutions to deal with the crisis.