Kangaroos Caged to Study Their Farts?
Kangaroos are some of the funniest, most interesting animals I can think of. Have you ever seen a kangaroo “relaxing?” They look just like humans! More fun facts about kangaroos: they always move forward, never backward and can travel up to 40 mph or 60 km/h, they travel in “mobs” of up to 100 kangaroos, and they are grazing animals that eat grass, shoots and leaves.
Unfortunately, a proposed study at the University of Wollogong in New South Wales won’t allow kangaroos to exhibit any of these natural behaviors. The animals will be kept in cages 1 meter by 1.3 meters by 1.7 meters for nine months — that’s barely enough to fit a kangaroo’s body! (Kangaroos are the largest marsupials, you know.)
Tell the University not to go through with this cruel experiment.
The goal of this experiment would be to measure the methane that the kangaroos expel (in other words…study their farts). Kangaroos are herbivores but unlike other plant-eaters, such as cows, they expel virtually no methane. However, this experiment is completely unnecessary, since the same one was performed 40 years ago!
And according to Professor Steve Garlick, a specialist in kangaroo rehabilitation, holding kangaroos under these conditions will cause them to be highly stressed and subject them to disease and illness, “which will make survival unlikely and the research project totally flawed.” …As well as even more pointless.
There is absolutely no reason these kangaroos should be treated so inhumanely for a needless experiment.
The University’s ethics committee hasn’t yet made a decision about allowing the use of kangaroos in this experiment — so we need you to speak out today.
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