Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence is an Australian movie about the forcible separation of aboriginal children from their parents in Australia in the 1930s in the state of Western Australia. It is an excellent movie that I recommend. The children escaped from white captivity and returned to their home by following a portion of the 1500 mile long rabbit-proof fence built between 1901 and 1907 to keep rabbits out of western Western Australia agricultural areas. The fence stretched from the Indian Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south. At one time, it was claimed to be the longest continuous fence in the world.

While watching the movie, some thoughts about the Trump-promised fence came to mind. The Australian fence was wire, about five feet high and extended six inches underground. I can just imagine the rabbits helping each other to climb the fence, dig under it, and build ladders to get over. The fence required constant monitoring and repair which was done by bicycle, automobile and camel. After about fifty years, it was found to be more economical and effective to control the rabbits by infecting them with a virus specific to killing rabbits, myxomatosis. What will the Trump administration do when their wall proves to be ineffective?

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