The Myth: Kangaroos cause environmental damage
The Reality: Kangaroos do not have a large environmental impact
Benefits of kangaroos
- As native Australian animals, kangaroos do minimal damage to the environment, and rather they function as an integral part of the land’s ecological health and regenerators of native grass.
- Kangaroos urine and faeces is a natural fertiliser, essential to the health of Australian soil.
- Research shows that kangaroos contribute to between 1 to 8% of total grazing pressure nationwide.
Damage done by farm animals
- Farm animals present a far greater danger to the environment than kangaroos.
- Farm animals contribute to increased grazing pressure on already arid land in addition to causing erosion and soil damage.
- As they eat, sheep and cattle destroy plant roots and produce nitrogen rich waste, further degrading already infertile soil.
- Overgrazing of livestock is a major fact in mass extinctions of marsupials in NSW.