Australians urged to eat more kangaroo meat

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A growing kangaroo population has led to calls for increased consumption of the animal
A growing kangaroo population has led to calls for increased consumption of the animal

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An increase in the kangaroo population in Australia has led to industry experts encouraging the public to eat more of the protein. 

According to government data, the kangaroo population has grown from 27 million in 2010 to just under 45 million in 2016. This spike in kangaroo numbers has been attributed to heavier rainfall, which has led to more food for the animals.

It had been reported that commercial cull licences were not being availed of, due to low trade prices and lack of demand.

A government report stated that kangaroo were mostly being shot for their hides rather than their meat. “Despite the quality of the meat, more than half of the kangaroos shot commercially in Australia each year are used for their hides only, so meat production could be increased without more kangaroos being killed, or quotas being raised,”​ it said.

It added that there was a largely untapped export market for kangaroo meat. “Kangaroo meat is so far almost unrecognised as a significant game meat outside Australia, although there has been an export trade in game meat for human consumption since 1955.”

Professor David Paton, from the University of Adelaide, told news channel ABC​ that more people should consider kangaroo meat as part of their diet. “If we’re going to cull these animals, we do it humanely, but we also perhaps should think about what we might use the animals that are killed for. We shouldn’t just simply leave them out in paddocks to rot or leave them in the reserves to rot.

“It’s not the kangaroos’ fault that they’re overabundant; it’s probably that we’ve just been too reluctant to take a stick to them, remove them out of the system sooner, to actually prevent the damage being caused.”

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will be conducting low-level aerial kangaroo surveys across Victoria between now and 30 September 2017 to further assess population figures in the region.

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Roo scientists admit industry stimulates roo population growth whilst calling roos pests

Posted by Ruth Donnelly,

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This scientific submission on commercial kangaroo management was closely based on the literature from the industry, which proved to be a revelation in what it actually admitted about its manipulation of kangaroo population numbers. Basically, the very small number of scientists dominating the academic literature and the industry have stated (variously) that the industry artificially stimulates population growth rebound beyond normal numbers in targeted populations of kangaroos; that they then justify their industry and culls on the basis that the animals are too populous and a pest; that the Australian public would not allow the industry to continue if they did not swallow the line that kangaroos are a pest; that although the industry and population culls are justified in order to prevent damage to grasslands and erosion by overgrazing, this is in fact false, and the example is given of kangaroos even at 50 per square km making almost no impact on the land, whereas the sheep that the industry is purportedly saving the land for, devastate it. This is my second article on kangaroo science (see the other one here) and I did not go into it expecting to find such blatant snake oil passing for research among a very small cognoscenti, but here it is. I’m was surprised as you will be. Also, one final word, even if the industry is correct in saying that it artificially boosts kangaroo numbers in order to have enough kangaroos to ‘harvest’, as I say at the end, that does not apply to all populations and that does not mean that the strategy is not causing population crashes and demographic anomalies, for reasons that I raise in this article. If you think there are fewer kangaroos around, you may well be right and have a better idea than the industry itself. (This researched article by evolutionary sociologist Sheila Newman [1] was originally submitted to the South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2018-2022 (kmp@sa.gov.au) on behalf of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council on 7 October 2017.)

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Posted by Dissatisfied,

The only times I've eaten kangaroo mince there has been foreign particles in it; on one occasion a piece of plastic and on another there was a piece of metal that looked like a button or a bullet. My brother almost broke his teeth on it. Maybe fix the quality of the product and people will buy it more.

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