Stop Mass Slaughter of Kangaroos

Target: Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott

Goal: Prevent the unnecessary slaughter of hundreds of kangaroos in Australia

More than 1,600 kangaroos will soon be killed in Australia for no other reason than that they eat too much grass. The annual cull in the capital city of Canberra will be the largest to date because the kangaroo population is the healthiest it has been in decades. Scientists are on the verge of developing non-lethal ways of dealing with the problem. This cruel and unnecessary slaughter must be stopped.

Protests from animal rights groups like Animal Liberation ACT have delayed the cull, but likely not for long. Lawyers from the Animal Defenders Office, working with ACT, persuaded a judge to grant a stay against the kangaroo cull on the basis that the government failed to prove the cull had improved biodiversity over the past six years. “They have not collected any baseline data or monitoring data on the conditions of other species on the reserves they say they are saving,” said Tara Ward, a legislative drafter and volunteer with the Animal Defenders Office. “If the government wants to go and kill more than 1,600 healthy wild animals, we have to be clear that the science is impeccable before we let them do that.”

The estimated deaths also do not take into account the number of joeys who will have to be killed after shooters have killed their mothers. Adult kangaroos are shot by hunters and marksmen, but baby joeys are usually killed by a blow to the head. Part of ACT’s case against the cull is that it cannot be carried out without cruelty being involved in some way. Even the shooters agree with ACT on this. David Nicholls, a 70-year-old farmer and “roo shooter,” said, “You try to get clean head shots but it’s difficult because kangaroos are very jumpy. The slightest noise or change in the wind startles them. You tell me which Olympic shooter can achieve 100% clean shots every time, even in perfect conditions? The clean-head-shot theory is a myth.”

Scientists are currently using a test group of 500 kangaroos to try and develop a way to make them infertile. If successful, it could not only be used to non-lethally reduce the population but could do the job at one-fifth the cost.

Australia needs to focus its attention on moving away from culls and toward non-lethal alternatives. Demand that the country cancel its cruel annual kangaroo cull.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Abbott,

The annual kangaroo cull in Canberra is coming up and more than 1,600 animals are expected to be slaughtered. This number does not take into consideration all the baby joeys who will also be killed, often with a blow to the head. Even hunters agree that clean head-shots are nearly impossible. There is simply no way the cull can occur without it being fraught with cruelty.

Australia needs to shift its attention to non-lethal methods of population control rather than slaughtering thousands of animals each year. Please, put an end to the annual kangaroo cull.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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9 Comments

  1. STOP!!!!

  2. To control population of kangaroos by slaughtering in huge numbers is a shame on a civilized and well-developed country like Australia.There are many others non-lethal methods of controlling population may be adopted, rather mercilessly killing by gun-shots on head.

  3. Frances Christenson says:

    STOP KILLING ANIMALS AND “RELOCATE” THEM!!!

  4. It’s seems as if we still have so many so-called humans who have yet to realize we are living in the 21st century. A cowardice and barbaric act of slaughtering beautiful kangaroos ~ because they eat too much grass (???) ~ is inexcusable, let alone an ABOMINATION !!!! Re-locate them. Australia is a BIG continent. For God’s Sake … Steve Irwin would be turning over in his grave.

  5. The cruelty involved in the Killing Kangaroos is shocking. Joeys are ripped from dead or dying mothers and their heads are smashed in or decapitated. At foot joeys flee in fear and are predated upon by Foxes or die from stress.We are just as bad as the Japanese killing Whales or the Asian countries killing Dogs. STOP and SHAME on all involved in this slaughter. Humans are PESTS and over populate.

  6. Tracey Christian says:

    Australians have a terrible record when it comes to animal cruelty, especially for a so-called modern progressive society. They slaughter their national animal freely and they STILL export live animals on a massive scale to a grisley fate in the middle east. It is absolutely despicable. Shame on you Australia!!

  7. MONSTER HUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRA CHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTURE GENERATIONS!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED SOCIETIES.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with human beings

    RESPONSIBLES DO NOT HAVE TO RIGHT TO BE CALLED “HUMAN” – THIS
    CONSTITUTE A DELIBERATE INSULT FOR ALL OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.

    I WISH ALL KILLERS AND ABUSERS, ASSHOLES, A VIRUS WHICH CLEAR THEM AWAY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

  8. Irmita Ramos says:

    AUSTRALIANS – QUIT KILLING YOUR OWN MASCOT !!!!!!!

  9. Ellis Toscano says:

    The same line that hunters use about culling deer. Stop interfering with nature.

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