Kangaroo protection

3 petitions

Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Valdis Dombrovskis (DG Trade), Stella Kyriakides (DG SANTE), Sussan Ley, Scott Morrison

We Demand EU immediately suspend importation of Kangaroo body parts and flesh

We call upon  the European Commissioners Stella Kyriakides (DG SANTE) and Valdis Dombrovskis (DG Trade) to immediately suspend the importation of Kangaroo body parts and flesh. Statistics have disclosed more than 70% of Kangaroo flesh derived from the Australian "harvests" is exported to Europe. The slaughter of Kangaroos for export of body parts and flesh for human consumption, under an Australian Commonwealth Government approved “wildlife trade management plan”, does not comply with the Legislation of the European Union namely Regulation 1099/200910,  Killing of animals.  Under the regulation, stunning animals before killing, ( to ensure the killing is humane and not cruel)  is compulsory. This regulation applies to animals “culled” for "depopulation, disease control" or “other purposes” "and farmed animals".  This is not happening. Further, the regulation requires products imported into the EU, to be accompanied with an attestation, certifying that requirements at least equivalent to those of the EU have been met. Investigations have revealed this cannot be certified. Due to the remote locations where commercial kangaroo shooting takes place, there is no control or policing. Nobody is present to ensure animal welfare practices are complied including whether Kangaroos are stunned.  No statistics are available for the animals who are wounded and escape.  Kangaroos have been found,  with blown-apart jaws from mis-shooting, but  survived to endure a long and painful death from starvation.  'In pouch' joeys of shot mothers are either decapitated (if very small) or killed with a blow to the head. Quite often dependent 'at foot' joeys escape, and suddenly face a life alone, often falling victim to predators, exposure or starvation. Eastern and Western Grey Kangaroos are not weaned until they are nearly 18 months old. “A Shot in the Dark’ — a report on kangaroo harvesting, a 2009 report commissioned by Animal Liberation (NSW) estimates some '440,000 dependent young kangaroos are either clubbed to death or left to starve after their mothers are killed'. (Source:Animals Australia) Not only is the EU Legislation not complied with, the Australian Kangaroo industry Code of Practice requires that animals be killed by a single shot to the head, but even conservative estimates suggest that more than tens of thousands of the adult Kangaroos for commercial processing each year, are not killed in this manner. (Source Animals Australia).  Commercial Trade in an Australian Emblamatic and Iconic Native Kangaroos must stop.   The Australian Governments’  support for a Commercial Trade in Kangaroo Body Parts and Flesh for human consumption is being challenged,  and there are calls for it to be banned. It has been asserted State and Commonwealth Legislations designed to conserve and Protect Native Wildlife and habitat, does not support a commercial slaughter,  particularly a demand for trade in flesh for human consumption on a commercial scale. State Governments rely on claims of “overabundance” and alledged consequential damage to farming land,  to justify “culling” or “harvesting” Kangaroos, in order to satisfy local Wildlife Legislation and the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). This is to obtain a permit to remove or cull protected Native Wildlife for a commercial industry. There are allegations that the population numbers of Kangaroos have been grossly exaggerated to justify a claim of "overabundance" and that in fact in some States, Kangaroos may face extinction as a consequence of "harvesting", or the push to supply demand for the commercial exploitation of Kangaroos.  The intention of Legislations  is not  to support the commercialisation and trade in commerce of Australian Native Wildlife for human consumption, but rather the preservation and conservation of Australian native wildlife and habitat. Ministerial approval is under the microscope. There is a Call for a Ban on Killing Kangaroos and an immediate ban on the commercial "harvesting" of Kangaroos, and  to ban any further killing of Kangaroos; to revoke all current Permits and Plans for trade in Kangaroos for local and export markets. Kangaroos are not and have never been "farmed animals" in Australia, nor were Kangaroos "farmed" by Australia's First Nations' peoples. To some indigenous Australians, Kangaroos are totemic. Kangaroos are  protected Native Wildlife. We call upon the European Commissioners Stella Kyriakides (DG SANTE) and Valdis Dombrovskis (DG Trade) to immediately suspend the importation of Kangaroo body parts and flesh for human consumption as the EU Regulations are not being complied with. Photo Credit: Red Box Wildlife Sanctuary Elphinstone, Victoria Australia  

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Update posted 6 years ago

Petition to Mick Gentleman


Animals have no voice. If we don't speak up for them, who will? 3200 Kangaroos will be shot this May 2018 in Canberra. Killing will be in Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve, West Majura Grasslands and Googong Region. This is 1000 more than last year, and 3200 too many.  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.

Jasmine H
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