Kangaroo welfare is in free-fall.

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 fish and rivers. The response is driven by recognition of the value of the resource, not only cultural but also economic. There should be a similar concern about what

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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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Kangaroo management in crisis – desperate graziers erect cluster fences

Graziers are erecting kangaroo-proof fences around groups of properties and lowering kangaroo numbers through various means, most of which have poor animal welfare and biodiversity outcomes.  George Wilson argues in a paper to the 2018 Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference in Brisbane that a stronger kangaroo industry will reverse this trend, improve sustainability and reduce wastage.   The kangaroo harvesting industry is currently declining largely due to animal rights campaigns. In recent years less than 20% of the annual quota has been

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Brumbies in Kosciusko National Park

The NSW Government has protected brumbies in the Kosciusko National Park. Brumbies numbers are already too high. The proposed management dangerously reckless policy that will escalate environmental impacts, increase costs of feral horse management, and put horses at risk of extreme suffering, according to members of the Ecological Society of Australia. Sign the NCC urgent petition to Premier Berejiklian calling on her to protect the iconic Snowy Mountains.  I had the privilege of being in Ecuador recently. We visited Cotopaxi National Park.

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Improving kangaroo management

Lecture at University of Canberra on improving kangaroo management  Friday 11 May, 11:30am – 12:30pm 1A21 (UC Theatre, next to Mizzuna Cafe) More details and a synopsis of talk at link

Carbon Summit 2018

The fifth Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit 2018 was attended by George Wilson in Melbourne on the 1-2 May. The Summit brought together 550 delegates, MPs, corporate sponsors and project de velopers active in the carbon market. While there was a particular focus on energy efficiency and alternative energy generation, carbon farming activities were recognised as playing a critical role in contributing to Australia’s efforts to achieve 2030 emissions reduction target of 26-28% on 2005 levels. After the first five Emissions Reduction

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Improving production from the Maranoa Kangaroo Harvesters and Growers Cooperative

AWS prepared papers for a workshop on 15th March 2018 convened by the Maranoa Kangaroo Harvesters and Growers Cooperative (MKHGC) at Mitchell in Qld. The Cooperative, which was established in 2007 with financial support from the National Landcare Program and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, in 2017 MKHGC received further support from the Australian Government Farming Together Program.  The Cooperative exists because kangaroos, and some other native wildlife, have long competed with agricultural production and grazing systems. Through regional

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The Failure of Kangaroo Harvesting Fails Animal Welfare

Kangaroo harvesting is not a commercial option for landholders, resulting in greater animal rights issues for the kangaroos that are culled on private land. In an article in Australasian Science, George Wilson argues that because animal rights campaigners are achieving their aim of reducing the demand for kangaroo products, there is an increase in animal suffering. Populations rise higher than the environment can support, and then crash.  In recent years a lack of demand has meant that less than half the annual kangaroo quota for

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