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National Kangaroo Statement

Improving kangaroo management

The NSW Kangaroo Management Task Force (KMT) is scoping a proposal to the Future Drought Fund (FDF). We are doing so because landholder members of the KMT believe unmanaged kangaroos have brought the onset of the drought forward by six months, have damaged the environment and sustainability of primary production and potentially threaten the social licence of all rangeland pastoral industries.

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Can Damaged Animals Find New Homes on Private Lands?

The Federal Government has announced $50m funding for an Emergency Wildlife and Habitat Recovery Package in response to fires. Conservation-based zoos are expected to play a major role in the recovery challenge with in-house specialist veterinary and husbandry expertise, and critical care facilities such as those at the Taronga Wildlife Hospital.

In some parts of the world, price incentives, proprietorship and devolved responsibility for management, accompanied by effective regulation, have increased wildlife and protected habitats, particularly for iconic and valuable

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Kangaroo Management Improvements – A Joint Statement from concerned scientists

National collaboration and action is urgently required to reform kangaroo management.

Kangaroo numbers are declining due to drought and millions are starving. This is an animal welfare disaster and an unacceptable national disgrace according to participants at symposiums at the Australian Rangelands Society Conference and at the Ecological Society Conference in 2019. They produced the statement below which was drafted by ecologists and is endorsed by professional societies and organisations.

The situation is also aggravating the impacts of

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Emissions Reduction Summit – Melbourne 2019

Corporate Australia was well represented with 75 sponsors among the 600 plus attendees. They included BHP, QANTAS, ANZ, Westpac, Mac Bank, Comm Bank, GHD, EY, Orica, Woodside, Origin Energy, BP, Shell, NAPCO, Aboriginal, and Maori Carbon Funds plus some very big investment houses and banking divisions. One, AllianceBernstein has $1 trillion under management and is looking for good projects . Others included

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Kangaroo welfare is in free-fall.

Some of the millions of kangaroos dying in the drought

A video released in Feb 2019 backs calls for current wastage to be minimised and the benefits of sustainable use of kangaroos realised.

With colleagues from interstate, we are appalled at what has been allowed to happen. There has been strong political reaction to media interest in the state of outback

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Professional versus amateur kangaroo population control

When professional control diminishes, killing of kangaroos does not stop; amateur shooting increases.  Kangaroos in drought starve through over population. Regulators cannot monitor the number of kangaroos killed nor ensure high standards of dispatch of animals. 

Kangaroo industry is taking only a tiny percentage of the population, and populations fluctuate due to drought. 

These are the findings of study by George Wilson and Melanie Edwards in an article published by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW on the topic of professional amateur kangaroo

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Australian Peoples’ Tribunal For Community and Nature’s Rights

2018 Public Inquiry into the Impact of Industrial Scale Agriculture on Australia’s Ecosystems and Local Communities.

George Wilson was invited to appear before the Tribunal in Brisbane on 27 October 2018.

The Tribunal holds Public Inquiries and hears Ecological Justice Cases, brought on behalf of flora, fauna, ecosystems, bioregions and local communities around Australia. As a ‘citizen’s tribunal’ the Peoples Tribunal is not a government endorsed activity nor do any of its activities, decisions or recommendations have the force of

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