Plagues of kangaroos? Australia overrun by kangaroos?
Fact: Kangaroos were widespread and abundant at the
time of early settlement. Now they are fugitives in their own
country and Skippy is relentlessly pursued.
Myth: Kangaroos degrade and destroy the environment.
Fact: The soft padded feet and long tail of the kangaroo
are integral to the ecological health of the land as regenerators
of native grasses. It is destructive agricultural practices
on marginal land that are proving to be unsustainable.
Myth: We need to kill and eat our wildlife to save it.
Wildlife must 'pay its way'.
Fact: It is imperative that we link wildlife corridors
throughout Australia to restore kangaroo and wildlife habitat.
Tourists want to see tourist icon Skippy... but kangaroos are
being decimated and the outback is turning to dust. The ecological
and economic value of wildlife nature-based tourism is ignored.
to acknowledge different and specific needs of the four commercially
killed species and 'manage' them as one
'guesstimates' and changing correction factors to estimate
disregard the biological and social needs of kangaroos
Ignore natural selection and manipulate kangaroo populations
for artificial results to benefit the kangaroo industry
Do not monitor the legal or illegal killing of kangaroos
Ignore studies which prove kangaroos do not compete with cattle
Removed 'damage mitigation' as the sole reason for killing
Ignore the Precautionary Principle
the $6 billion nature-based tourism industry
kangaroos are a threatened species
Red kangaroos are now being killed at a rate three times higher
than they are reproducing. In the 1960's their average age was
12; today it is 2. Their average weight was 35 kg in the 1960's,
which today is 18kg. Commercial killing has put insupportable
pressure on Red kangaroos which now threatens the species.
world was appalled when the Canadians killed their harpseals.
Australians brutally slaughter kangaroos and bash their joeys
The Code of Practice says joeys can be ripped from their slain
mother's pouch and hit on the head with a water pipe or iron
bar until dead; shooters even bash joeys against their vehicle
or a tree trunk.
Older, ex-pouch, but still dependent joeys flee in terror when
their mothers are killed to die from cold, starvation, predation
and maternal depravation. A million or more joeys die in this
way every year.
No Shooter will ever allow himself to be filmed killing joeys.
The Code of Practice is not linked to the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals Act and is legally unenforcable.
Contrary to public perception, the RSPCA does NOT monitor
or police cruelty to commercially killed kangaroos.
of inherited genetic strengths a threat to kangaroo species
Selective hunting of kangaroos for commercial gain results in
females mating with younger non-Alpha males, and the loss of
inherited genetic strengths, which sustain the mob.
Precedents have been set in other parts of the world where large
populations of a species have faced extinction after widespread
and destructive 'culling' programs. Exotic bacteriaand viruses
can decimate genetically weakened populations.
as GAME meat; you'd have to be game to eat it!
Kangaroos are shot in the wild at night, disembowelled
amongst the faeces of other animals, dirt and dust. 'Game-meats'
are a source of infection for hunters, processors and consumers.
Undercooked or raw kangaroo meat can carry hydatids , nematode
worms, parasitic zoonoses and other bacterial, fungal and viral
disease. Kangaroo meat inspection ignores the normal principles
for meat hygiene.
Raw kangaroo may be unsafe for your pets as well. For decades
farmers have been told not to feed sheep offal to their dogs
because of hydatids, but there is no difference between dogs
eating sheep offal or eating kangaroo offal.
best way to resurrect tourism is to save Skippy with help
from sympathetic, cooperative farmers who share an empathy
for the preservation of our wildlife. This will generate
jobs, income and restore life to the bush.
Tourism Minister Joe Hockey,
Suite MF51, Parliament House,
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6277 7450 Fax: (02) 6273 9394
www.joehockey.com / email@example.com
for Tourism in your State
Level 4, 80 William Street,
Woolloomoolloo Sydney 2000
www.atc.net.au / firstname.lastname@example.org,
Managing Director Ken Boundy
Tel: 02 9360 1111 Fax: 02 9331 6469
Affairs Officer Emma Belcher,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20036
Tel: 1 (202) 797 3373 Fax: 1 (202) 797 3414
The Strand, London WC2B 4LA.
High Commissioner : Michael L'Estrange.
Pat O'Brien and Join our SAVE SKIPPY Campaign
National Kangaroo Protection Coalition,
PO Box 309 Beerwah 4519
Queensland 0408 711 344.