More than 30,000 roos into pet food
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.