3200 KANGAROOS TO BE CULLED IN CANBERRA 2018 - STOP THE CRUELTY
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3200 Kangaroos will be shot this May 2018 in Canberra. Killing will be in Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve, West Majura Grasslands and Googong Region.
Why this is unacceptable:
There are many problems with this cull, namely the inhumane cruelty encouraged by lack of strict regulation - RSPCA agrees that MORE RESEARCH IS NEEDED BEFORE JUSTIFYING THESE METHODS).
What happens after they're shot?
Government states that "It is not feasible to harvest the meat, so kangaroo carcases will be buried! ACT Gov - Kangaroo Cull Program Q&A
These kangaroos, the national emblem of Australia, are not even being sold as meat, and instead all 3200 of them will be dumped in a deep pit and buried.
This number does not begin to consider the amount of joeys which are often either left to die after their mothers are killed or else cruelly shot in the head, which is an ineffective method of killing and left 13 of 23 in one study rendered insensible.
There is a code of practice as to slaughtering the kangaroos, requiring head-shots only (a hard task given nighttime and small heads of kangaroos - instant deaths are rare) BUT IT IS NEITHER COMPULSORY NOR REGULATED.
It requires joeys to be shot where possible, and to 'avoid' killing females with joeys, however as well as being unregulated this is not compulsory, and nor linked to the Animal Cruelty Prevention Acts.
WE BEG FOR PROPER REGULATION AND RECONSIDERATION OF THIS CRUEL AND FACTUALLY UNSTABLE KILLING!
Contraception of female kangaroos by vaccination over the past 3 year has proven to be successful, with not one of the females vaccinated giving birth. Despite admitting this, the government not only continues this cruel extinction of nature's resources but instead increases the number by another 1000 this year.
At this rate, even the Eastern Grey Kangaroo will risk extinction. As Australia's cities sprawl further into the bush - or "kangaroo land" - homes for our national symbol gradually decrease. Some species have already been made completely extinct in certain areas, and others are in existence no longer.
This is worsened by a severe lack of independent research on kangaroo population numbers, habits and species etc. Most of the research is done quickly and cheaply, in order to back the culling, which as you may guess is consequently not very reliable. Further, most research conducted does not differentiate between the 28 species of kangaroo (Macropod) in Australia, 4 of which are already extinct.
I beg you, please, to save my friends and Australia's natural inhabitants.
Jasmine, student of ANU.
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