Ban Kangaroo meat sales in Australia

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Kangaroo meat is sold in Australia which involves of the killing of our native animal. We are the only country which eats our national animal AND the only country who eats the animal on our coat of arms! This must change! Stop kangaroo farming today!

- the number of kangaroos necessary to replace meat production from sheep and cows is ecologically unfeasible.

- 22 million kangaroos would have to be killed every year. The total population of kangaroos would need to be 151 million to support this off-take. This is more than five times the 30-year average population of 27 million, to provide one serving of meat per Australian per week. Therefore the "go green, eat roo" push is sham science.

- In kangaroos, L-carnitine is associated with the build-up of plaque in arteries which causes heart attacks, strokes, and vascular disease.

- In regards to the hygiene risks associated with eating kangaroo, the European Union has recognized the potential dangers of game meats, with the European Council issuing a Directive on the killing of wild game and the placing of wild-game meat on the market.

“documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show that 68 inspections by the Food Authority over a year revealed 16 separate compliance breaches ranging from minor to unacceptable. No one in NSW can eat kangaroo meat and not put themselves at some risk of infection. These documents reveal that the so-called healthy alternative to other red meats could be riddled with pathogens. Poor hygiene practices have potentially devastating consequences for any food but game meat is particularly vulnerable. The breaches are said to include animal carcasses being hung from rusty hooks, a lack of cleaning facilities, and live and dead animals being left alongside each other.”- Greens senator DR. John Kaye.

- “this isn't the first time that kangaroo meat has been called into question by the food safety authorities. Approximately five years ago Fairfax media released evidence that showed kangaroo meat obtained from supermarkets contained shockingly high levels of Ecoli and Salmonella. A lecturer at the University of Technology in Sydney, Dr. Dan Ramp, suggested that because kangaroo is a type of game meat, it is difficult for high levels of hygiene to be ensured through processing practices. Because they are hunted in the bush and then placed in shipping containers, there is a wide scope of possibility for cross contamination” - Australian Institute of food safety.

- Dr. David Obendorf is an Australian wildlife veterinary pathologist and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the International Animal Health Body. He has 20 years’ experience in the parasites and diseases of Australian fauna and notes: “kangaroos can harbor a wide range of parasitic bacterial, fungal and viral diseases. Some of the diseases which have been documented affect only kangaroos and so reduce harvest capacity. Others can affect humans as well and so raise serious public health concerns”. 

- Kangaroos are not farmed. Every year the kangaroo industry slaughters millions of kangaroos and their joey's in the wild for their meat and skins. It is the largest land-based wildlife slaughter in the world.

- At least 100,000 baby kangaroo joeys are being orphaned, clubbed to death or decapitated every year by the commercial kangaroo industry after their mother is shot for her meat and skins. 

- above information is cited from the below:

1. Kangaroo Meat - Not So Clean, Green nor Humane. (2019). Retrieved from http://australiansocietyforkangaroos.com/not_so_green.html