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Kangaroo may become a commercial Victorian venture

John Kelly, executive officer of the Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia, is a persistent predator of kangaroos, for profits from their meat and skins, and is honing in on his prey.

Australia's kangaroo meat industry could soon expand into Victoria, which is the only state that does not allow the commercial harvest of kangaroos. The idea was bandied around in the 1980s, and again in 2002, but due to intensive agriculture and land clearing, the plan was shelved due to insufficient kangaroo numbers.

The Victorian government is looking at what regulatory changes would be needed to turn the "culling" of kangaroos into a commercial harvest. Up to 30,000 kangaroo carcasses are "wasted" because they are killed by farmers, due to liberal interpretation of what "pest" impacts are, and the easy gain of the DSE Authority to Control Wildlife permits.

Conveniently, this comes as the kangaroo meat industry hopes to reopen its biggest traditional market for roo meat - Russia - a country that sensibly banned the imports due to hygiene concerns.

This is an introduction to commercial killing by stealth, and kangaroos are meant to obligingly increase their breeding rates, size, range, joey survival rates, to help Victoria's ailing economy, give us more meat choices, and inflate the size of Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia's bank account. It's cruel, predatory, un-Australian and unsustainable.

There needs to be an inquiry to why so many permits to "control" (ie kill) wildlife are liberally distributed to land-holders by the DSE.



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MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has completely forbidden imports of kangaroo meat from Australia after a shipment from an unpermitted supplier was uncovered in the far-eastern region of Primorye, Russia’s agricultural watchdog said Thursday.

Citing multiple veterinary and sanitary violations, including high bacterial contamination, Russia banned Australian kangaroo meat imports in 2009, but last year it permitted imports from a sole Australian supplier, Macro Investments PTY Ltd.

The recently seized 18.6-ton shipment came from Australian Meats PTY Ltd, said the agricultural watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor.

“In this connection, Rosselkhoznadzor notified Australia’s veterinary service of the necessity to suspend certification of Macro Investments’ products for the market of the Customs Union states,” which comprise Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the Russian watchdog said in a statement.