Kangaroo Culling

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  1. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Anyone here from Australia know what do they do with the animals culled? Are they eaten? Are things made from Kangaroo leather?

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    Defense authorities outraged animal rights campaigners Friday by reviving plans to kill 400 kangaroos that are causing environmental damage on the outskirts of Australia's capital.

    The Defense Department abandoned the plan in March in the face of an international outcry and decided to truck the kangaroos from the abandoned military site in suburban Canberra to remote forest land.

    But defense spokesman Brigadier Andrew Nikolic said Friday that transporting the marsupials was too expensive at $3.3 million — $8,200 per animal.

    "Defense therefore has no option but to undertake a cull," Nikolic said.

    The issue has split Australians over the merits of killing their beloved national symbol to protect rare lizards and insects that share their grassy habitat.

    Wildlife Protection Association of Australia president Pat O'Brien said he and scores of other protesters were determined to prevent contractors from killing any kangaroos among the 600 that are overgrazing on rare native grassland.

    "We're absolutely disgusted by what's happening and we'll be in there to protect the kangaroos if there's any attempt to kill them," said O'Brien.....
     
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  3. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    they sell some to dog meat factories

    You can spot a kangaroo hunter because they have hooks rigged up all over the back of their vehicle for carrying dead bodies

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    Whatever restaurants sell kangaroo meat do so as an exotic speciality - there is no significant commercial demand for the human consumption of kangaroo meat ... and it looks unlikely to develop given the ever increasing health and safety issues that surround the consumption of meat

    As for leather, australia doesn't have a large enough population to compete with industrial trade (local industry = primary industry) - same with the rest of the western world (although australia is arguably "southern" ...) Most of the world's leather comes from India simply because its to hard to make a buck from the skins of all the slaughtered cows in the USA/Europe and Australia ... what to speak of the dead kangaroos
     
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  5. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

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    That's not true, the popularity of kangaroo meat has risen dramatically in the last few years. Most grocery stores and butchers in Australia sell kangaroo meat in many forms these days. "Kanga bangas"(sausages) are huge around here, where do you live?

    Kangaroo leather is a great product, it's lighter and more durable than cow leather, I have some fancy kangaroo shoes myself.

    Most rigs like that you see about the place are for hunting wild pigs. Way more popular target for recreational hunters. It's usually the government and local councils culling kangaroos, after that farmers, then you get a few people who like to sportingly hunt kangaroos, mostly in western australia where there's nothing more fun.

    There's way more kangaroos now than there ever has been in history, I doubt most of the ones culled end up food for humans or leather, probably goes to waste. Farmers in australia don't "buy" dog food, it's always the legs off a freshly shot roo, but nothing seems to affect their population. They're one of the rare marsupial success stories.
     
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  7. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    kangaroo meat comes from professional kangaroo farms - not culling operations

    bet they cost you a packet too (unless you made them yourself)

    to say the least, they lack a bit of imagination ....

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    there's no "probably" about it

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  8. toltec Registered Senior Member

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    Australia culls Kangaroos, Canada culls seals, America culls black people of death row, New Zealand culls Mowa. What is it about colonials. Is there a colonial cull gene?
     
  9. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

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    Oh ok, yeah I figured that might be the case.
     
  10. codanblad a love of bridges Registered Senior Member

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    but we're killing them to save them (hope you all like south park). when they overpopulate an area, there's not enough food, and some may die. its actually the 'colonial kindness gene'. like helping out the aborigines with all their issues.
     
  11. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    They don't give the culled kangaroo to the aborigines? When they culled bison at Custer State Park, they gave them to the Sioux. In fact the Sioux were very much involved in it.
    Here, when there is a large deer population, they give out extra licenses and you can donate your deer to the homeless shelters.
     
  12. kazakhan Registered Abuser Registered Senior Member

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    Why would they do that?
     
  13. lepustimidus Banned Banned

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    Killing and eating Australia's national emblem. SHAME!
     
  14. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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  15. synthesizer-patel Sweep the leg Johnny! Valued Senior Member

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    what do they do with them - hollow them out and live in them?
     
  16. BenTheMan Dr. of Physics, Prof. of Love Valued Senior Member

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    I've never quite understood the programs here. In Texas, they have somehting called ``Hunters for the Hungry'', where you can donate extra game to the State, and they redistribute it. But why not sell the meat at auction and buy chicken or something. I mean, a pound of wild venison should be worth two or three pounds of chicken, at least.
     
  17. EmmZ It's an animal thing Registered Senior Member

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    I wish they would cull the chavs and scallies in the U.K. It makes no sense. They say, "this animal is doing such-and-such to the environment", but they don't apply the same premis to this particular human/chimp halfbreed. They're wrecking my bus journeys!
     
  18. toltec Registered Senior Member

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    scallies!?!

    Your name wouldn't be Boris Johnson would it?
     
  19. synthesizer-patel Sweep the leg Johnny! Valued Senior Member

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    Fuck yeah - its enough to turn you Tory init!
     
  20. EmmZ It's an animal thing Registered Senior Member

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    I wouldn't go that far.
     
  21. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

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    I don't think america has any right to say shit about it, the fact americans can shoot bears and cougars absolutely boggles my mind. I mean I think they're lifting the ban on shooting wolves in some places. That's truely shocking.
    It's like the US doesn't realise it's not the 1800s anymore, or like the 1800s didn't happen and they've learned nothing.

    Kangaroo and deer have proven they can deal with humans targetting them, wolves and other big predators have consistently proven around the world through history that they can't.
     
  22. Repo Man Valued Senior Member

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    Bans against hunting predators are being lifted because there are too many of them. Here in California, mountain lion attacks are becoming more frequent. A Coyote tried to snatch a child from a playground near LA just last week. No one is advocating efforts to exterminate large predators.
     
  23. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

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    American residential areas will keep encroaching into wilderness areas and predators will keep attacking people untill there's no predators left. But at least you'll all be able to act surprised and say you never advocated it.
     

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