Lindy Stacker, Binna Burra
In reference to the letter ‘Thanks Greta’ (from John York, Goonengerry), I totally agree with John, on 95% of his sensible and enlightened comments – except the last sentence in relation to eating our ‘protected wildlife’.
Further commercialising our much maligned and misunderstood kangaroos and emus places them in further peril.
Firstly, you cannot farm kangaroos or emus. Kangaroos are extremely sensitive, more so than deer, and can’t be herded, penned or corralled. Secondly, surprise surprise (to most Australians) they do not breed in drought.
Wish I could say the same for our species. The in-pouch joeys will die within weeks during a severe drought and at-foot joeys will die within a few short months.
Most importantly to those meat eaters, it takes approximately 120 kangaroos to gain the same amount of edible meat that you would get from one cow…YES, just one cow.
To genuinely save the planet, go veg/or vegan. I bet the amazing Greta is? Most of the meat from our iconic species is tough and inedible.
Female kangaroos produce only one joey annually in good times and are slow to reproduce, contrary to popular mythology. Most at-foot joeys will not reach adulthood, and the facts are such that on average, one female macropod will only produce ONE full grown ‘joey’ into adulthood.
The commercial kangaroo industry has reduced the weights of adult kangaroos considerably, and thus red kangaroos are now killed at approximately only two years of age. Hardly time to reproduce.
We are already witnessing regional extinctions. The NSW Govt has already changed correction factors (counting methods) several times to favour commercial interests rather than alerting the public to some serious declines in populations.
Profit and politics have blinded our national leaders to the serious and escalating plight of our maligned ‘icon’.
If compassion doesn’t convince you to not eat our national symbol (think of the innocent joeys that are bludgeoned to death, stomped under foot, crushed against a wheel brace or decapitated) then maybe toxoplasmosis may influence you.
Additional pesticides like Fenithrothion (locust spray) may also be within the kangaroo carcasses as it has not been tested, as is the legal requirement for domestic stock.
Please see Kangaroo – A Love /Hate Story, it is an inspiring and revealing movie.
NB. Populations nationally of Emus are essentially unknown /adhoc and unvalidated. We know very little about them, BUT the industry is growing as markets dictate the kill.