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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. 

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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

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National Geographic – drafting story on kangaroos

A National Geographic journalist from Washington who is writing a story on kangaroos was flown by George Wilson on a trip through outback New South Wales and Queensland. They visited properties near White Cliffs, Quilpie and Coonamble and a professional kangaroo shooter. They heard of concerns of landholders who are having difficulties adjusting their total grazing pressure to deteriorating seasonal conditions and pasture shortages. Reduced demand for kangaroo products from the commercial harvesting industry is leading to alternative kangaroo control

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Food unwrapped – UK Channel 4 – kangaroo meat

On UK Channel 4 program ‘Food Unwrapped’, George Wilson presented perspectives on kangaroo meat and its attributes, plus the complexities of kangaroo management. The program featured kangaroos on the Federal Golf Course, interviews with local graziers and a scene at Bondi Beach of a barbeque featuring kangaroo meat.  Channel 4 is a publicly-owned and commercially-funded UK Public Service Broadcaster, with a statutory remit to deliver high-quality, innovative, alternative content that challenges

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European Wildlife Bank

The European Wildlife Bank (EWB) is a commercial and legal framework that could be a model for enabling finance and investment in conservation of threatened species.
George Wilson met EWB in Amsterdam recently and learnt more about EWB. It is supported by the European Commission and other partners, especially the Dutch Postcode Lottery. It facilitates reintroduction

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Maranoa Kangaroo Cooperative – financial support

Financial support for the Maranoa Kangaroo Growers and Harvesters Cooperative, one of George Wilson’s projects, has been announced by the Minister. Funding from the Farming Together program will enable regional cooperative kangaroo management to enhance the sustainability of grazing systems. It will enable employment of staff, identification of procedures for value-adding product, and verification of the contribution the project

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