Petitioning Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury and 2 others
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Minister for Territory and Municipal Services
Shane Rattenbury
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Chief Minister
Katy Gallagher
Minister for Sustainability and the Environment
Simon Corbell

End the cruel slaughter of kangaroos on public reserves

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has announced that it will slaughter 1606 eastern grey kangaroos (EGKs) on its own nature reserves in May to July 2014.

The government claims, without any coherent supporting evidence, that kangaroo grazing is a threat to the very ecosystems of which kangaroos have been an integral part for around five million years. The government continues to slaughter these creatures, despite having done no work to monitor or evaluate the impact or effectiveness of the killing program.

As well as being an ecological disaster, the slaughter causes immeasurable suffering to the animals. Adults that do not die instantly from the first shot are stabbed and clubbed to death, or escape to die slowly of their wounds. Even the survivors often injure themselves in their panic, or die on the roads trying to escape, or live to suffer the emotional distress and disruption to the mob’s social structure. Pouch young and young at foot are bludgeoned to death or left to starve.

 

 


Letter to
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher
Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Simon Corbell
I urge you to act to end the cruelty and ecological vandalism of the government’s annual program of ‘culling’ kangaroos in the Canberra Nature Park. There is no evidence that kangaroos are causing any damage to plants or other animals in the parks, while there is abundant evidence that removing them in substantial numbers will imperil not only the kangaroos themselves but several other native species, including some threatened species.

Even if there were an environmental justification for the slaughter, it could not justify the level of cruelty involved. Autopsy evidence shows that adults that do not die instantly from the first shot are stabbed and clubbed to death, or escape to die slowly of their wounds. Even the survivors often injure themselves in their panic, or die on the roads trying to escape, or live to suffer the overall emotional distress and disruption to the mob’s social structure. Pouch young and young at foot are bludgeoned to death or left to starve.

Please end this inexcusable cruelty and environmental idiocy.