More than 30,000 roos into pet food

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY -

KAN­GA­ROOS shot on farms within Mans­field Shire are among more than 30,000 that have been pro­cessed for pet food as part of a State Govern­ment trial over the past two years.

The govern­ment has con­firmed the Kan­ga­roo Pet Food Trial, which was im­ple­mented by the for­mer Coal­tion govern­ment in 2014, will con­tinue un­til March 2018.

The trial was set up so that farm­ers in Wan­garatta, Be­nalla, Mans­field, Mitchell, Mur­rindindi, Strath­bo­gie, South­ern Grampians, Ararat, Pyre­nees, Hor­sham, North­ern Grampians and Yar­ri­ambi­ack shires could ap­ply for per­mits to have kan­ga­roos on their farms de­stroyed and sold for pro­cess­ing.

Min­is­ter for En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Lily D’Am­bro­sio an­nounced this month that Greater Bendigo, Glenelg, Lod­don and West Wim­mera shires will be added to the trial.

The trial is test­ing whether a sus­tain­able com­mer­cial pet food in­dus­try can be es­tab­lished us­ing kan­ga­roos con­trolled un­der the Author­ity to Con­trol Wildlife (ATCW) per­mit sys­tem.

Min­is­ter D’Am­bro­sio said ex­pan­sion of the trial won’t change the re­quire­ment for land­hold­ers ap­ply­ing for an ATCW to demon­strate that kan­ga­roos are caus­ing dam­age to their prop­erty.

“All par­tic­i­pants in the Kan­ga­roo Pet Food Trial must com­ply with the rel­e­vant re­quire­ments of the Wildlife Act 1975 and the Meat In­dus­try Act 1993,” she said.

“There are severe penal­ties for non-com­pli­ance with these Acts and the con­di­tions of any au­tho­ri­sa­tion.”

Min­is­ter D’Am­bro­sio said along with the ex­pan­sion, a num­ber of other changes are be­ing im­ple­mented to im­prove com­pli­ance un­der the trial, in­clud­ing a tag­ging sys­tem to en­sure trace­abil­ity of kan­ga­roo car­casses from the prop­erty where they are con­trolled through to the pet food pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity.

“The trial has re­ceived pos­i­tive sup­port from par­tic­i­pat­ing landown­ers and the pet food in­dus­try, help­ing to re­duce waste by pro­cess­ing more than 30,000 kan­ga­roos for pet food and cre­at­ing jobs for re­gional Vic­to­ria,” she said.

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