Menkit Prince, Uki
A kangaroo was shot through the jaw with a metal crossbow bolt at Sanctuary Point Golf Course near Nowra last week, and luckily wildlife carers and a local veterinarian helped it survive the arrow injury.
But how many out there have to hop around for weeks before they succumb to gangrene and starvation? Can you imagine how painful this would be?
This is the sad story of Australia’s appalling treatment of its national icon which permeates through the halls of government, through farming communities, through developers’ land clearing regimes, through the meat industry trying to make dog food all the way down to mentally-disturbed young men who go out and do this sort of thing ‘for kicks’.
If only Aussies knew what incredibly gentle and loving creatures kangaroos are and respected their right to live in this country.
Oh and while there is a $11,000 fine with a potential six months in jail for this type of offence, it is never enforced and instead perpetrators are given a slap on the wrist and are free to go out and do it again.
As long as there is no enforcement, this will continue and probably get worse. See http://destinationaustralia-nothanks.com/Attacks_on_Kangaroos.html especially Brett Saunders and Zacchary Hunter (Oct 2012), Nigel Franks (Jan 2012), Stavroupolos (March 2010).
And let’s not forget in January 2012, a cop shot 20 kangaroos and their babies and got off with an infringement notice and 4 penalty points! And so it goes on and on.