Call for kan­ga­roo pet-food plan

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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.

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