It’s feed­ing cru­elty

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

THE re­cent de­ci­sion by Min­is­ter Lisa Neville to ex­tend the Com­mer­cial Kan­ga­roo Pet Food Trial in Vic­to­ria was neg­li­gent and mer­ci­less, as she is fully aware of the inherent cru­elty to or­phaned joeys within the kan­ga­roo meat and skins in­dus­try.

A damn­ing govern­ment re­search re­port re­leased in 2014 was handed to Min­is­ter Neville late last year and re­veals how or­phaned at-foot kan­ga­roo joeys are sim­ply aban­doned and left to die by the kan­ga­roo meat and skins in­dus­try af­ter they shoot their mother.

The re­port re­veals hor­rific cru­elty to pouch young by the in­dus­try when they are blud­geoned to death and de­cap­i­tated us­ing prac­tices that breach their own code of prac­tice.

Dur­ing the study re­searchers ob­served shoot­ers swing­ing joeys by their feet as they wrig­gled and cried out, while bash­ing them with crow bars, against util­ity trays and rocks, stomp­ing on their heads, and de­cap­i­tat­ing them with­out stun­ning, with shoot­ers rarely check­ing if the joey was dead.

Le­gal ad­vice pro­vided to Aus­tralian So­ci­ety for Kan­ga­roos by Dr Mal­colm Caulfield from the An­i­mal Law In­sti­tute de­scribes how the re­search re­veals “sys­temic non com­pli­ance” of na­tional codes of prac­tice and the “real pos­si­bil­ity” of “se­ri­ous and rou­tine” breach of laws gov­ern­ing the kan­ga­roo meat and skins trade.

The ad­vice high­lights that the kan­ga­roo meat and skins in­dus­try and all in­volved in­clud­ing land­hold­ers and pro­fes­sional shoot­ers now op­er­at­ing in Vic­to­ria, are po­ten­tially in breach of the con­di­tions of their li­censes, as well as state and fed­eral wildlife pro­tec­tion laws.

State govern­ment data has re­vealed that in the past two years alone more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion fe­male kan­ga­roos have been slaugh­tered by the kan­ga­roo meat and skins in­dus­try, leav­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of or­phaned joeys to a cruel death.

The newly ex­tended trial pet food trial in Vic­to­ria will now add to the num­ber of joeys who fall vic­tim to this bru­tal in­dus­try and for the Vic­to­rian govern­ment to sup­port it's ex­ten­sion across Vic­to­ria with full knowl­edge of the sys­temic cru­elty, shows a com­plete dis­re­gard for the wel­fare of th­ese iconic na­tive an­i­mals and their young.

Nikki Sut­terby Aus­tralian So­ci­ety for Kan­ga­roos


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