Target: Andrew Barr, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory
Goal: Stop Australia from allowing more than a million kangaroos to be killed in an annual needless slaughter.
Australia is planning for another attack on kangaroos. The kangaroo cull is approved by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) each year and allows for kangaroos living on reserves in and around Canberra to be slaughtered. More than a million kangaroos are expected to be shot this year.
The argument in favor of the cull claims that the large number of kangaroos living on those reserves are a threat to a functioning ecosystem. They argue it helps to prevent overgrazing while also protecting certain plants in parks and nature reserves — but that doesn’t eliminate the cruel nature of this practice.
The cull has been happening annually since 2009. In 2014, a report from the Canberra Times revealed that 35 percent of kangaroos shot that year also had pouch young. This means that kangaroo joeys were (and still are) being slaughtered before they even got the chance to leave their mothers’ pouches. In 2o15, that number reached around 41 percent. The means by which the joeys are killed after their mothers include decapitation or a direct blow to the head. Those that manage to escape immediate death after their mothers are killed usually wind up dying as a result of starvation and abandonment.
The ACT needs to be spending time working towards finding an alternative and nonlethal way of sustaining the kangaroo population, if the population is even proven to be a serious problem. Solutions could include relocation or the use of a fertility control drug. There is no way that this mass slaughter is the only solution. Sign below to demand the ACT find a nonlethal and safe solution.
Dear Andrew Barr,
The annual slaughter of kangaroos cannot be the only viable way of sustaining the population. You should be working towards finding a nonlethal and safe alternative so that the cruel practice can be brought to an end.
Over a million kangaroos will be shot this year, including mothers who are still harboring joeys in their pouches. You are not just killing grown kangaroos, but also babies before they even get the opportunity to leave their mothers pouch.
If the population is actually a serious problem, relocation or the use of fertility could drug could help solve the issue in a safe and humane manner. We encourage to work to find the solution that is not just easiest for you, but also best for the kangaroos who call Australia home.
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Photo Credit: The Canberra Times, Jeffrey Chan