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Kangaroos Caged to Study Their Farts?

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.

Take Action: Sign our petition urging the University of Wollogong not to use kangaroos in this cruel study.

 

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6:35AM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

This is a joke! Right?????

5:11PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

ummmm....... how the hell does knowing a kangaroo doesn't produce methane make a difference; waste of tax payers money is all it is

5:37PM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

This is unreal and a waste of money. Are they looking for another bio-fuel. I'm sure their is other things the money can be use for a good cause.

8:12PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Never mind. I looked again, and saw the Success! notice at the upper right corner of the web page. Hurrah!

8:11PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Gillian says "The proposal application for this project has been withdrawn," as she learned when she went to sign the petition. When I clicked on the link, it counted 4,621 signatures with a goal of 10,000. What's going on?

12:04AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Noted!!

4:40PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

So sad and unimportant. The bad things that will happen doing this is most likely worse than what will happen if the kangaroos arent studied.

2:47PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Wonder if they are really being spared. It did not register one signature on the petition. Such air heads running governments. Air heads or crooks.

12:03PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Success!
The proposal application for this project has been withdrawn and the kangaroos will be spared! Thank you for all who took action.

Found this message when I went to sign, hurrah.

8:05AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

THOSE POOR ANIMALS.
SUFFERING FOR NO GOOD REASON.
LET'S SAVE THEM!

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