The Australian government recently signed off on a plan to shoot 2,000 kangaroos living in Canberra's parks and nature reserves. On July 3rd, it was announced that 1839 kangaroos had been culled throughout seven nature reserves. It is the second successive year Parks, Conservation and Lands has carried out the cull to bring the number of eastern grey kangaroos to sustainable levels in grass and woodlands. The agency will decide in the next six to eight months whether another kangaroo cull is needed next year.
Kangaroo culls are inhumane and barbaric. The National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies advises that babies found in a slain mother's pouch be decapitated with a sharp blade; clubbed with a metal pipe; or slammed against a firm object. Older joeys are bludgeoned or shot at point blank range. Hunters spotlight kangaroos in the outback at night. They aim for their brains, but often miss and leave kangaroos with gaping head and mouth wounds. Along with nearly four million kangaroos commercially killed each year, hundreds of thousands of joeys die hideously.
Please ask the Australian government to stop the kangaroo culls, and to actively research and provide alternative solutions.