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Save the Kangaroo

Contrary to popular myth, the kangaroo, along with the koala (except, arguably, on Kangaroo Island), the sugar glider, the cassowary and flying foxes and many other species, are endangered.

Kangaroos win against Australian government trade machinations in California

Kangaroos won! Please share. Thanks to everyone who emailed Californian Senators. You joined up to 100,000 people around the world who signed petitions and contacted the Senators directly. The main use - or abuse - of wild kangaroos in California is for the manufacture of soccer cleats!

Baby kangaroos dying at unusual rate in ACT & NSW from unknown disease - Article by Helen Stevens

Over the last few months there has been an alarming increase in the numbers of juvenile Eastern Grey Kangaroo's being found either dead or in a very lethargic state and near death in parts of the ACT and adjacent New South Wales. Rosemary and Steve Garlic, who are wildlife carers in the area, were initially contacted by a few Wildcare carers and the issue then seemed to be centred around the Wamboin/Norton Road area. This article was developed from an internal note to members of Wildcare, of which Steve and Rosemary Garlic are members and Helen Stevens is the coordinator.

Open letter to Canberra public objects to kangaroo cull

Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee is one of fifty well-known authors and scientists who have signed this open letter to the Canberra public protesting the mass killing of kangaroos which has been taking place annually for some time in Canberra. For those interested in the history of this annual slaughter, Candobetter.net has published at length on this subject here: http://candobetter.net/SaveTheKangaroo. It is wonderful that a number of influential people have now put their names on the line to defend kangaroos from slaughter and kangaroo science from ideology. Many more people are also against this absurd and cruel practice. [Candobetter.net Editor: Republished from http://www.beautifulwild.com/. Also available here: http://www.arcohab.org/#!letter/c1yzj. Also the subject of an article in the Canberra Times.]

Help fund the court battle to prevent Canberra kangaroo culls!

The ACT Government has obtained licences to kill 1,600 healthy kangaroos, plus an unknown number of joeys, in Canberra’s nature reserves over the next 3 months. However, for the first time, Animal Liberation ACT is standing up for the ACT’s native animals by challenging the Government’s killing program in the courts. The start of the annual kangaroo kill has been delayed after Animal Liberation ACT successfully obtained an injunction in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 20 May 2014. Support is now needed to continue our Legal Challenge to Stop the ACT Government's Kangaroo Cull. The newly established Animal Defenders Office has provided pro bono legal services to get us to this point. We now need to raise funds urgently to cover the costs of a barrister for the legal battle ahead of us in the main hearing which began on Tuesday the 3rd of June 2014. The hearing ran for four days, and a decision is expected next week on whether to allow the killing of more than 1,600 kangaroos on Canberra's 'nature' reserves. Small and large donations welcome. Donate via Go Fund Me at http://www.gofundme.com/SaveRoos Legal costs are expected to $20,000. Let's make this case huge! Animal Liberation ACT would like to sincerely thank the Animal Defenders Office for their incredibly hard work and professionalism in taking this case to a new level. We would also like to thank our Kangaroo Campaign members for all their work behind the scenes in assisting the legal team with the case. Thank you in advance supporters!

Help needed to expose bogus government kangaroo "science"

Alphadog AnimalArmy Inc (http://animalarmy.org/) need to meet a target goal of up to $9000 right now for urgent ACT licenced Ecological studies to expose ACT Government manufactured science and provide a new habitat to release translocated kangaroos.

After many months of dedicated and tireless research and project development, the Alphadog AnimalArmy Inc ACT Kangaroo Translocation project trial proposal is under consideration by the ACT Government. For the past 5 months, Charity Director, Marcus Fillinger has poured his time, money, blood, sweat and tears into the 81 page document submission that will challenge and expose every aspect of the ACT Government’s current questionable, flawed and unsubstantiated approach to kangaroo management.

Bob Carr betrays kangaroos

We wonder if Bob Carr, Australia's Foreign Minister, has any idea of the utter distress he has given to wildlife carers all over Australia in his endorsement of the kangaroo-meat industry for export? It has reduced to despair mature activists who normally soldier on impressively (where the rest of us dare not even look) despite constant exposure to brutality, cruelty and a useless legal system in their daily rounds. Carr's position is even odder in view of his patron status with Voiceless, the vegan fund for animals.

Chloe and Joey: Fantastic new children's novel about children saving kangaroos

As one who was involved early on in reporting on the 2008 incident that sparked off this book, and then in some proof-reading, I can personally say that I think this book is a triumph in embodying the goodness of children and their spontaneous love of nature. This is a book that I will buy for children I know.

Mad acts of violence against kangaroos by ACT government - burial pit photos

The photographs in this article of a mass-burial pit in Canberra for kangaroos gunned down by the government was sent to me by 'Friends of AnimalArmy' with the message, "We cannot find an investigative journalist anywhere who will expose the corruption and the lies." I cannot understand why not. Don't we want to know the truth?

Canberra government plots death of TV heroes Madge and Sonny

The ACT government is driving a terrible animal holocaust involving thousands of kangaroos. To wildlife carers, the official rationale seems about as sane as Hitler's reasoning for driving whole sections of society into concentration camps. The ACT government wants more people in Canberra because the growth lobby wants to sell more land and house packages. The violence and dodgy science used to excuse this behaviour, supposedly to protect native grasses, would be funny if we were not actually expected to take it seriously and if hundreds of kangaroos were not currently lying slaughtered in pits for no good reason.

Harassed Kangaroo rescuer Leisa Moore narrowly escapes as tree crushes car

"The car was so fantastic as a rescue vehicle and I am feeling saddened that because of someone hating me so much for helping wildlife that they damaged my car, forcing me to park it elsewhere, this has happened. I recently broke my ankle whilst out checking on animals and relied on my car so much. I cannot continue in the short time doing what I love most, helping the Kangaroos." If you would like to help Leisa to buy another car, or maybe in some other way, we include an address for contact and contributions at the end of this article.

Kangaroo slaughter in Canberra

Canberra's Nature parks will be closed tomorrow for a "cull" of Eastern Grey Kangaroos. About 2000 are to be slaughtered for a "sustainable" number, to protect the flora and fauna. Polls of about 600 residents reveal that 79% of the city want the killings to go ahead. It's ironical that 9 "Nature" parks will be closed, under that assumption that kangaroos are not part of Nature and a threat to conservation efforts and sustainability.

'Kangaroo Mob' - propaganda for wildlife trade and sadistic deviants?

The ABC is to screen a documentary about kangaroos. It is scheduled for television on ABC1 channel will this coming Tuesday evening 21st February 2012 at 8:30pm
It is set in Canberra, Australian Capital Territroy, alias the 'Taijin' of kangaroo slaughter.

The programme is entitled 'Kangaroo Mob'

How I became a wildlife carer

Six years ago, when we moved here, my partner found a joey on our property. I was absolutely thrilled when the rescuer asked me if I would like to learn how to care for him. (Denise McLean continues her contributions to candobetter's wildlife carer's diary.)

Wildlife caring and a pinkie joey called Raini (270 grams)

Animal carer, Denise McLean, talks about how she became a wildlife carer, and her night and day-shift nurse routine taking care of Raini, a very young baby kangaroo, and other macropod charges. Raini the pinkie joey's mother was a car accident victim. Raini was found in his dead mother's pouch by a woman as she was shifting the mother off the road. Fortunately for him, the woman called an animal rescue line.

An Australian animal carer's week

Denise McClean, an Australian animal carer writes about local council indifference to the effects of car collisions and dog attacks on kangaroos and her concerns about the government's positions on live export. (1 July 2011.)

Wagga Wagga Council Makes History

For the first time in the history of Australia, a council actually refuses to support kangaroo culling. Greens Councillor Ray Goodlass led the clarion call to the nation. This is surely a pivotal point in time, considering how decimated kangaroo populations have become as a result of the commercial kangaroo killing industry. Will the trend continue? We can only live in hope ....

Killing dingoes to make way for goats

The destruction of dingoes has taken place in Australia since the first white man set foot on our shores and continues today. Pastoralism and dingoes have never been a good mix however non-lethal methods of protecting stock are being used by a few enlightened pastoralists. The Australian dingo suffers from an image problem due to several factors including a myth that it is not truly a native animal in this country. Many studies have demonstrated however that dingoes are a crucial component in maintaining biodiversity in Australian ecosystems - where there are dingoes there are more small native mammals and less foxes, cats, rabbits, goats and pigs. Dingo predation of kangaroos is an important relationship for both animals yet this is ignored by kangaroo meat advocates as it does not fit into the "green" message they are trying to sell. Given the dingoes key role as a top-order predator, why is the West Australian government employing full time doggers to shoot, trap and poison dingoes to protect feral goats?

Russian Trade Minister looks in vain for kangaroos

Russian Trade Minister asks where the kangaroos are in Queensland after being shown around rural Australia where the 'roo meat industry pretends they are in 'plague numbers'.

There's nothing like Australia promoting its iconic kangaroo when it is slaughtered by the thousands

What immoral hypocrisy we have in Australian Government when one department legitimises mass kangaroo slaughter as a 'kangaroo industry' and promotes 'kangaroo harvesting', while another department promotes the kangaroo as its 'hopping icon.'

Tourism Australia's latest marketing campaign claims to be based on the 'core truth'.
Well how can it be truthful? Tourism Australia needs to drop the kangaroo logo from its advertising while the slaughter continues or else drop its core truth campaign.

Kangaroos are indeed what is 'unique and special' about Australia. It is immoral to slaughter wildlife. It is hypocritical to promote wildlife values while also promoting its slaughter.

RSPCA whitewash of Preston Beach kangaroo slaughter

Shortly after protesters had dispersed from Preston Beach on the 5th of May, 2010 the kangaroo shooters moved in. The following morning residents were horrified to find blood stained walkways along with injured and dead joeys. An RSPCA investigation found no evidence of cruelty despite photographic evidence of a decapitated juvenile kangaroo on the border of Yalgorup National Park.

The RSPCA whitewash of this government sanctioned slaughter inevitably cheapens the value of kangaroos in the eyes of some members of society. Sadistic acts of kangaroo cruelty are commonplace. You need look no further than the carnage left behind after one of these culls to see where much of this cruelty stems from. The RSPCA are supposed to represent "All Creatures Great and Small" but a sheep or kangaroo in Western Australia can expect no mercy from this organisation supposedly empowered to protect them.

Agforce calling for juvenile kangaroos on the menu

Queensland farming lobby group, Agforce has set up a Macropod Advisory Group to investigate how to sustainably harvest kangaroos. In an ABC radio interview yesterday, Qulipie grazier and Agforce's President of Sheep & Wool Stephen Tully outlined how exactly this group proposes the industry should move "forward". Amongst the mistruths and exaggerations being uttered by this farmer came the proposal that juvenile kangaroos be targeted by the kangaroo industry for their superior meat.

Australia's Native Massacres - neocolonial genocide

The 2008 Belconnen Massacre - lest we forget

We are reminded of the brutal Belconnen massacre of 500 kangaroos yesterday two years ago on 19th May 2008, followed shortly afterwards with another 4000 or so kangaroos massacred at the Majura Army training area.

These wildlife massacres reflect a prevaling backward colonial attitude by our government towards native animals. Native animals were regarded as vermin by early colonists. This attitude prevails.

Today's 21st century official slaughter of Australian native animals is no different to the official slaughter of Australian native people by European colonists, who treated Aboriginal people as vermin.

175,000,000 kangaroos required to support a vicious immoral trade

Some claim kangaroo meat is 'green'. Some claim killing kangaroos is 'better' for Australia's environment. So what if Australian farmers of lamb, beef, pork and chicken transitioned to kangaroo?

To this author it is like employing Ivan Milat to skin platypus for tourist purses.

Personal bias aside, Australia's Federal Treasury Secretary, Ken Henry, has highlighted the flawed presumptions of Australia's roo trade being unviable.

Comments on the ACT Kangaroo Management Plan May 2010 by Prof S. Garlick

"The ACT Kangaroo Management Plan significantly, and disturbingly, fails society, the economy and the environment in the ACT and its contiguous region in numerous ways. In many respects it is a dishonest, unscientific, inconsistent, biased and unethical report that perpetuates ignorance of the place of humans in the natural landscape and fosters a culture of disrespect and harm." Professor Steve Garlick

Formation of the Australian Alliance For Native Animal Survival (AAFNAS)


Born in Canberra on 10th November 2008 in response to the continuing massacres of landlocked kangaroos in the ACT without consultation with the Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples and local communities, and the arrest and prosecution of six Aboriginal people who were performing a smoking and healing ceremony, on Wednesday 5 May, a new Alliance for Native Animal Survival was formed. Its aims include the establishment of land-rights for native species.

Preston Beach Kangaroo Cull

The culling of 100 kangaroos is already underway at the Preston Beach Golf Club near Mandurah in Western Australia. Calls to erect a physical barrier between the course and the adjacent Yalgorup National Park have fallen on deaf ears. This is the second time in 3 years such a cull has been approved by the DEC for this two-bit golf club.

What you can do: Protest on Wednesday the 5th of May at 4pm at Preston Beach.

Afternoon with Australian Icons will include Bob Irwin

Bob Irwin, the late Steve Irwin's father, will be the special guest speaker at "An Afternoon with Australian Icons", an event organised by Gail Browning to raise money to help wild kangaroos. Indeed the event really does sound like quite a remarkable Aussie evening, mixing outback with working class and wildlife carers. Overseas tourists might like to book in order to experience something important and non-commercial, in the cause of our wildlife for whom the Australian government and their friends seem not to give a toss. The event will be at the Revesby Workers Club, 2b Brett St, Revesby, Sydney on Sunday 23 May 2010 from 3-6pm. All proceeds to the Australian Society of Kangaroos.

Yet another kangaroo cruelty case

This week two 19 year old men appeared in Albany magistrates court charged with animal cruelty after they dragged a kangaroo behind their car. Will these two get just another slap on the wrist like the Dawesville pair last year ?

Kangaroo Meat - confessions of a wildlife serial killer

The following responses to questions were made by a self confessed wildlife killer in Dalby, western Queensland between 27th and 30th March 2010. So long as Australia’s Liberal and Labor governments permit wildlife shooting, there will be wildlife serial killers out there like 'Chris' who will exploit Australia's wildlife with impunity.

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