Australia’s iconic kangaroos are hunted in the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife on the planet. Almost 90 million kangaroos and wallabies have been lawfully killed for commercial purposes in the last 20 years.
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
Among this country’s unique indigenous wildlife, nothing shouts “Australia” to the world more than the image of a kangaroo.
This beautiful creature has lived in harmony with the Australian people and landscape for countless generations prior to the arrival of Europeans. Kangaroos have had 16 million years of evolution – and 200 years of persecution.
There is now abundant evidence to suggest that the outlook for long term survival of our cherished icon has never been bleaker.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.