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Kangaroo culling trial: unwise call for extension to petfood trial in Victoria

National Party member for the Victorian seat of Lowan Emma Kealy has called on the state government to extend a kangaroo culling trial to West Wimmera Shire.

(Click link to vote on poll).

The government introduced a two-year trial to cull kangaroos for pet food in 2014.

A State Government trial involving Ararat, Horsham, Northern Grampians, Yarriambiack, Southern Grampians and Pyrenees local government areas is due to conclude in June.

Ms Kealy wants to see the program introduced permanently or the trial extended to include West Wimmera Shire. “It’s created 12 jobs at the Hamilton abattoirs, where they are processing the meat for pet food,” she said.

This article was first published by the Australian Wildlife Protection Council.

Ms Kealy wants to make it permanently open season.  “Culling” should be for old, or sick, animals.  This would not be a “cull”, but be a slaughter.  It would be all out war against our Australian animal icon.

The trial had only occurred in areas where kangaroos were in plague proportions.   Since the start of these trials the number of permits has increased dramatically, from 30,000 per year, to 70,000 and now 100,000, probably in an effort to justify the slaughter.

Ms Kealy said while there were environmental concerns about the issue, the trial had only occurred in areas where kangaroos were [purportedly] in "plague proportions".

To soften her killing plans, Ms Kealy said shooters were trained to kill kangaroos with a single shot to the head to make the process as humane as possible.  That’s almost impossible, due to the size of the head, and the accuracy needed!

AWPC member,

Kangaroos are not in plague proportions but their populations are self-regulating. They are not “the environment” to be “managed” but native, sentient beings who have the right to live in their native homeland. It is humans who are spreading into the habitats of native species.  Australia has the worst record in the world when it comes to species extinctions and it is the result of genocide against indigenous peoples. Since I did not wish to be part of such a country, having emigrated to Victoria, Australia with my parents in 1970, I returned to my country of origin, Croatia, in 1992 and encourage others to do the same. I never saw a kangaroo in the wild even though I travelled a lot and did some farm work, picking potatoes and peas.

POLL: Should kangaroos be culled in the Wimmera for pet food?

I was unable to find the poll on that page. Was anyone able to find the poll and to vote? - Ed


The link worked for me. Should kangaroos be culled ? 92.48% NO 6.48% YES and 1.04% said yes but should not be used as pet food.

The poll is in in the middle of the article, in the box.

Editor's comment : A screen of the poll after I voted against culling, is shown below. Can anyone say how many people voted? Is it the figure of 575 shown in the image below?

If your FireFox browser is set up to normally prevent JavaScript running on your desktop (or mobile, or hand-held) computer, it can be a lot of work to give permission to a number of sites related to that web-site to run Javascript on your computer. That page requires permission for 26 web-sites to run Javascript on your computer. A work-around is to use a FireFox plugin to temporarily allow all Javascript scripts to run for one given page. - Ed

Australia's iconic kangaroos are hunted in the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife on the planet.


While similar wildlife trades, such as the Canadian seal hunt or the Japanese whaling industry, attract global condemnation due to their brutality, the kangaroo hunt is unchallenged.

Is it simply a matter of our perception that allows this hunt to continue unopposed?

Voiceless Rethinking: Kangaroos
will consider the core issues of kangaroo hunting, the legal slaughter of joeys, and the impact of public attitudes towards kangaroos.

Date         Wednesday 6 April 2016

Time         6.00 – 8.30pm

Venue      UTS: University of Technology, Room 301,

                 Level 3, Building 11, 81 Broadway,

                 Broadway, Sydney NSW

Tickets    $8 - We welcome additional donations