The Australian Government is happy to use a kangaroo as our ‘Brand Ambassador’ for global tourism.
But under the cover of darkness, kangaroos are one of the most persecuted animals in the country.
They are culled by farmers, locked out of water and food sources by fences and development, hit on the roads, and – most of all – shot for leather and petfood by the commercial kangaroo industry, which kills over 40,000 kangaroos per month in NSW alone.
That figure does not include joeys. Shooters kill mother kangaroos, even those with joeys in their pouches. This is heartbreaking and the Government should be ashamed. They have sold our iconic native species out to the lowest bidder.
For too long, Australia has taken kangaroos for granted.
That time is over. In 2021 a Parliamentary Inquiry saw alarming evidence of a decline in kangaroo numbers across NSW, including a chain of localised extinctions.
Even Liberal MP Catherine Cusack said, “I just thought this would be an inquiry into people's sensitivities. I'm now completely 180 degrees from where I started. I'm now seriously alarmed that we have a big issue in relation to the sustainability of this species that's iconic to Australia. It's actually quite distressing to me that our kangaroos could be in such a predicament.”
Kangaroos are fighting for their lives after floods and bushfires, yet they are still treated as worthless pests.
They are not pests. This is kangaroo country.
It's time for Australia to protect kangaroos!