Call for kangaroo pet-food plan
Victoria’s peak farmer group has joined Member for Lowan Emma Kealy in a push for the state to fully commercialise the use of kangaroo for pet food to provide certainty for the industry.
Victorian Farmers Federation livestock president Leonard Vallance said Victoria was the only Australian state without an approved management plan for commercial kangaroo harvesting.
A trial allowing legally harvested kangaroo carcasses to be salvaged for pet food is due to expire in March
“This is the perfect opportunity to provide a sustainable management solution,” he said.
Mr Vallance said the kangaroo population had exploded to plague proportions with the abundant supply of grazing feed and water artificially inflating the natural kangaroo population.
He said the Federal Department of Environment had quoted more than 48-million head of kangaroos in Australia, up from 25 million in 2011.
“This has a detrimental impact on not only agriculture but also native flora and fauna, leaving no shelter being provided to animals such as reptiles, birds and insects,” he said.
“The kangaroo pet-food industry is a means of managing the kangaroo population at a sustainable and viable level in a regulated environment.
“It’s time for Minister Lily D’ambrosio to commit to the commercialisation and provide certainty to the people invested in the industry.
“We’re very concerned about the amount of damage and destruction the kangaroo population is presenting to Victorian farming land.
“This is the best way to reduce the economic and environmental damage caused by excess numbers of kangaroos, create jobs in the meat-supply chain, and boost revenue that would be invested back into rural communities.”
Commercial kangaroo and wallaby harvesting is regulated by state legislation.