A Cherished icon on the brink.
Without reservation I support the Australian groups fighting to save the kangaroo. The killing is a disgrace – cruel and entirely profit – motivated. The kangaroo is one of Australia’s original inhabitants, deserving both respect and compassion.”
Sir Paul McCartney
Sadly, the Australian Government is subsidising the commercial kangaroo industry to promote the use of kangaroos as a readily available source of cheap meat and hides for both domestic and international markets.
KANGAROOS ARE NOT IN PLAGUE PROPORTIONS
IT IS NOT "GREENER" TO EAT KANGAROO THAN FACTORY FARMED INTRODUCED SPECIES
ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES ARE SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE COMMERCIAL KANGAROO INDUSTRY
THE KANGAROO "CODE OF PRACTICE" DOES NOT PROTECT THEM
As kangaroos’ heads are small targets, and shooters aim from a distance, horrible injuries regularly occur. Shots can hit their mouths, forearms, ears and noses, for example, and the animals can escape only to die slowly of shock and starvation.
The”Code of Practice” offers no protection for the pouch and joeys – at – foot, at all, when their mothers are killed. Tiny hairless in – pouch joeys are killed by being swung against a tree trunk or hit on the head with an iron bar.
The “Code of Practice’ is silent on the fate of orphaned at – foot – joeys, no longer in the pouch, but still need to suckle from their mothers for up to 6 months. Having no commercial use, these joeys are abandoned to die of starvation or attack by predators.
KANGAROOS ARE NOT DAMAGING THE LAND
It is the over grazing by introduced sheep and cattle, maintained at high densities on the same pastures all year round, which is causing serious land degradation.
The multi – billion dollar livestock industry is loathe to acknowledge their farming practices are damaging the land, and are in the long term, unsustainable.
ECO - TOURISM
“It’s embarrassing for Australia that we eat our own wildlife…. I’m here to tell you it’s not right….. Simply do not buy, use or eat kangaroo products.”