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Jan 8, 2010

from ANFA (Act Now For Animals):
Kangaroo Shooting
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Introduction:
Late at night while peacefully grazing, thousands of kangaroos are faced with the threat of being hunted for their meat and skins.
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These docile herbivorous creatures which are an integral part of the Australian ecosystem and have roamed Australia’s vast landscape for thousands of years are brutally killed for nothing other than profit.
The killing of kangaroos has been described as the largest massacre of wildlife in the world.
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Betrayal of a National Icon: The Kangaroo has been a part of Australian history long before European settlement; it is also featured on the Australian coat of arms, the fifty cent and one dollar coins and is the mascot of Australia’s largest Airline Qantas – Despite this, the Australian government endorses the slaughter of several million kangaroos annually.
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The butchered bodies of these iconic animals are exported all over the world – mainly to Europe and the USA.
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Kangaroo leather and fur- According to VIVA, Australia exports approximately 3 million kangaroo skins each year – mainly to Europe and the USA. Kangaroo skins are used to make handbags, wallets, sports gloves and mitts, golf bags, shoes (including athletic football boots and cycling shoes) and various other products.
In addition, many souvenir shops sell kangaroo products including “kangaroo paw” back scratchers and bottle openers, coin purses made from kangaroo scrotums, beer can holders and other ridiculous products. Kangaroo fur is also frequently used in the making of souvenirs.
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Kangaroo Meat- According to the Australian Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs, the kangaroo industry exports kangaroo meat (for human consumption) to over 55 countries.
Additionaly, a large portion of Australia’s precious wildlife ends up being used as pet food.
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The World's Largest Massacre of Wildlife Kangaroos including mothers with pouch dependent joeys are targeted at night by shooters. Startled by the noise of vehicles and blinded by the bright spotlights that the shooters use, kangaroos are defenceless to the invasion and massacre that is about to take place. Although the shooters are supposed to lethally wound the kangaroo (by a single shot to the head) to avoid suffering, many kangaroos are shot in the jaw, neck or chest, which causes immense and often prolonged suffering.
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The fate of orphaned joeys is equally despicable. Once the mother has been killed, they are helpless. The code of practice for humane shooting of kangaroos states that ‘at foot’ joeys should be killed by a single shot to the head or heart, but many joeys escape and face death by starvation, cold, dehydration or predation. Pouch dependent joeys are ripped from their dead mothers pouch and either hit over the head with a metal pipe or decapitated and discarded - a practice that is considered acceptable by the Australian government.
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World Famous Icon - Yet No Legal Protection The massacre of kangaroos is not
monitored or policed by the RSPCA
or animal welfare experts. The only
&ldquorotection” which is afforded for
these gentle and unique animals is
a weak set of guidelines known as
the "Code of Practice for Humane
Shooting of Kangaroos"
which is
not linked to the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals Act.
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Video footage has revealed serious violations of the Code of Practice for Humane Shooting of Kangaroos including horrific abuse of kangaroos where shooters were seen slamming fully conscious joeys into their trucks, stamping on furless joeys and simply leaving them on the ground to die.
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Unfortunately, the kangaroo means nothing to the Australian government or to the large corporations that exploit these defenceless animals for their skin and meat.
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Act Now
Write to the Australian Government and express your opposition to the killing of kangaroos.
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The Hon Peter Garrett
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
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Email:
Peter.Garrett.MP@aph.gov.au
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Other Ways To Help Kangaroos
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Click
here to sign our petition to Adidas asking them to stop using kangaroo leather.
Alternatively, please click here to download the petition PDF.
By signing this petition you will send a strong message to Adidas that supporting the abuse and destruction of Australia’s unique wildlife is unacceptable.
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Never buy kangaroo meat or products sourced from kangaroos or other wildlife. If you see products made of kangaroo for sale, please take a moment to speak to the manager about the cruelty of the kangaroo industry and urge the manager to carry synthetic alternatives.
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Encourage family and friends to boycott kangaroo products.
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Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about massacre of kangaroo. One published letter can reach thousands of people who may not know what is happening to kangaroos.
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Posted: Friday January 8, 2010, 1:43 pm
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