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Kangaroos are slaughtered by the millions every year; their skins are considered prime material for soccer shoes. Although the Australian government requires that hunters shoot the animals, orphaned joeys and wounded adults are, according to government code, to be decapitated or hit sharply on the head “to destroy the brain.” Upon learning about these cruel methods, soccer star David Beckham switched to shoes made from synthetic materials in 2006.

According to the WWF of Australia the kangaroo, their iconic national treasure, is now on the brink of extinction.

Up to 10,000 kangaroos are killed every night by commercial hunters.

Letter to
AM MP Minister, Environment, Heritage and the Arts Hon. Peter Garrett
Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Division Kerry Smith
Director of National Parks Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Peter Cochrane
Australia's assault on its national icon is disgraceful. Wildlife culls are permitted to take up to 10,000 kangaroos per night. Where is the Australian government's moral compass?

Please stop authorized culls and commercial kills. I urge officials to respect and accommodate indigenous wildlife with more national parks, nature reserves, and protected land corridors for animals to get there.

In Australia, the internationally beloved kangaroo has become an article of trade to buy and sell by way of violent death. A 4/23/09 Daily Telegraph report says "tens of thousands of joeys will be decapitated, shot or clubbed to death" under government orders to open commercial shoots across a generous swath of New South Wales.

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.

I respectfully ask the government to phase out its consumptive use of kangaroos and consider eco-tourism instead. Plainly stated, Australia's largest known slaughter of land wildlife is sickening.

Thank you,