Shot In The Dark -
Australia's Kangaroo Massacre

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Originally Posted: 16 May 2009

Shot In The Dark -
Australia's Kangaroo Massacre

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Sign the online petition here, from The Life and Death of Kangaroos who writes:

Updated news, 2009, May 16: Another slaughter. A few weeks ago, the Department of Defence in Australia began to shoot up to 7,000 kangaroos living on the giant Majura military base in Canberra, ACT. About 3500 to 4000 have already been shot at night. On May 14, 2009, an injunction was granted by a court to halt the killing temporarily until further investigations into the reasonableness of the kill are held. The Chief Minister of the ACT, Jon Stanhope, says he will try to bring in new legislation which will allow the kill to resume. But at present the kangaroos have a reprieve until at least June. This is another needless slaughter in a country with a miserable record of wildlife slaughter.

These two photos are from Ray Drew, The Life and Death of Kangaroos, covering the
Canberra Kangaroo Kill, May 2008


All of the kangaroos in this picture are now dead. At the top of the picture you can see the netting enclosure where they were herded to be shot.


Contractors drove about fifty kangaroos toward the kill area. Few remain, although it is expected roundups of remaining animals will go on until at least the weekend. It appears that even the very old animals, with less than a year or so to live, will be killed - and the youngest as well.

These two images are from an official report

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CONTACT INFORMATION
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Hey, this is one heck of a BIG contact list! Still, its size doesn't compare to the millions of kangaroos slaughtered annually in Australia. Sure, clicking on a petition is easier... But we ask you to take a bit more time to copy each email block into a TO: or BCC: line of your email -- to personally send comments. The impact is so much BIGGER.

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL OFFICIALS
Peter.Garrett.MP@aph.gov.au, ruth.dewsbury@environment.gov.au,
ciu@environment.gov.au, kerry.smith@deh.gov.au,
peter.cochrane@environment.gov.au, bruce.leaver@environment.gov.au,
info@environment.nsw.gov.au, kangaroo.management@environment.nsw.gov.au,
kiaa@bigpond.net.au, public.affairsus@dfat.gov.au

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL OFFICIALS - BY TERRITORY
macdonald.office@macdonald.minister.nsw.gov.au,
David.Llewellyn@dpiw.tas.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpiw.tas.gov.au,
alison.anderson@nt.gov.au, environment@act.gov.au, terry.wall@epa.qld.gov.au

NEW SOUTH WALES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NEW SOUTH WALES
Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au, A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au,
Bob.Baldwin.MP@aph.gov.au, Sharon.Bird.MP@aph.gov.au,
Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au, Chris.Bowen.MP@aph.gov.au,
David.Bradbury.MP@aph.gov.au, Tony.Burke.MP@aph.gov.au,
Jason.Clare.MP@aph.gov.au, John.Cobb.MP@aph.gov.au,
Greg.Combet.MP@aph.gov.au, Mark.Coulton.MP@aph.gov.au,
Bob.Debus.MP@aph.gov.au, Justine.Elliot.MP@aph.gov.au,
Pat.Farmer.MP@aph.gov.au, Laurie.Ferguson.MP@aph.gov.au,
J.Fitzgibbon.MP@aph.gov.au, Joanna.Gash.MP@aph.gov.au,
Jennie.George.MP@aph.gov.au, Sharon.Grierson.MP@aph.gov.au,
Jill.Hall.MP@aph.gov.au, Luke.Hartsuyker.MP@aph.gov.au,
Alex.Hawke.MP@aph.gov.au, Chris.Hayes.MP@aph.gov.au, J.Hockey.MP@aph.gov.au,
Kay.Hull.MP@aph.gov.au, Julia.Irwin.MP@aph.gov.au, Mike.Kelly.MP@aph.gov.au,
Sussan.Ley.MP@aph.gov.au, Louise.Markus.MP@aph.gov.au,
R.McClelland.MP@aph.gov.au, Maxine.McKew.MP@aph.gov.au,
D.Melham.MP@aph.gov.au, scott.morrison.mp@aph.gov.au,
John.Murphy.MP@aph.gov.au, Belinda.Neal.MP@aph.gov.au,
B.Nelson.MP@aph.gov.au, Robert.OakeshottMP@aph.gov.au,
Julie.Owens.MP@aph.gov.au, Tanya.Plibersek.MP@aph.gov.au,
Rogerpricemp@aph.gov.au, philip.ruddock.MP@aph.gov.au,
Janelle.Saffin.MP@aph.gov.au, Alby.Schultz.MP@aph.gov.au,
Craig.Thomson.MP@aph.gov.au, Malcolm.Turnbull.MP@aph.gov.au,
Danna.Vale.MP@aph.gov.au, Tony.Windsor.MP@aph.gov.au

SENATORS NEW SOUTH WALES
senator.arbib@aph.gov.au, senator.cameron@aph.gov.au,
senator.coonan@aph.gov.au, senator.faulkner@aph.gov.au,
senator.fierravanti-wells@aph.gov.au, senator.forshaw@aph.gov.au,
senator.heffernan@aph.gov.au, senator.hutchins@aph.gov.au,
senator.nash@aph.gov.au, senator.payne@aph.gov.au,
senator.stephens@aph.gov.au, senator.williams@aph.gov.au

TASMANIA
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TASMANIA
D.Adams.MP@aph.gov.au, Jodie.Campbell.MP@aph.gov.au,
Julie.Collins.MP@aph.gov.au, Duncan.Kerr.MP@aph.gov.au,
Sid.Sidebottom.MP@aph.gov.au

SENATORS TASMANIA
senator.abetz@aph.gov.au, senator.barnett@aph.gov.au,
senator.bilyk@aph.gov.au, senator.carol.brown@aph.gov.au,
senator.bushby@aph.gov.au, senator.colbeck@aph.gov.au,
senator.milne@aph.gov.au, senator.obrien@aph.gov.au,
senator.parry@aph.gov.au, senator.polley@aph.gov.au,
senator.sherry@aph.gov.au

NORTHERN TERRITORY
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NORTHERN TERRITORY
Damian.Hale.MP@aph.gov.au, Warren.Snowdon.MP@aph.gov.au

SENATORS NORTHERN TERRITORY
senator.crossin@aph.gov.au, senator.scullion@aph.gov.au

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Annette.Ellis.MP@aph.gov.au, Bob.McMullan.MP@aph.gov.au

SENATORS AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
senator.humphries@aph.gov.au, senator.lundy@aph.gov.au

QUEENSLAND
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES QUEENSLAND
Arch.Bevis.MP@aph.gov.au, James.Bidgood.MP@aph.gov.au,
Steven.Ciobo.MP@aph.gov.au, Yvette.D'Ath.MP@aph.gov.au,
Peter.Dutton.MP@aph.gov.au, Craig.Emerson.MP@aph.gov.au,
Michael.Johnson.MP@aph.gov.au, Bob.Katter.MP@aph.gov.au,
Andrew.Laming.MP@aph.gov.au, Peter.Lindsay.MP@aph.gov.au,
Kirsten.Livermore.MP@aph.gov.au, Ian.Macfarlane.MP@aph.gov.au,
Margaret.May.MP@aph.gov.au, Shayne.Neumann.MP@aph.gov.au,
P.Neville.MP@aph.gov.au, Graham.Perrett.MP@aph.gov.au,
Brett.Raguse.MP@aph.gov.au, Bonner.eo@aph.gov.au,
Bernie.Ripoll.MP@aph.gov.au, Stuart.Robert.MP@aph.gov.au,
Bruce.Scott.MP@aph.gov.au, Peter.Slipper.MP@aph.gov.au,
Alex.Somlyay.MP@aph.gov.au, Jon.Sullivan.MP@aph.gov.au,
Wayne.Swan.MP@aph.gov.au, Chris.Trevor.MP@aph.gov.au, W.Truss.MP@aph.gov.au,
Jim.Turnour.MP@aph.gov.au

SENATORS QUEENSLAND
senator.boswell@aph.gov.au, senator.sue.boyce@aph.gov.au,
senator.brandis@aph.gov.au, senator.furner@aph.gov.au,
senator.hogg@aph.gov.au, senator.joyce@aph.gov.au,
senator.ludwig@aph.gov.au, senator.ian.macdonald@aph.gov.au,
senator.mason@aph.gov.au, senator.mclucas@aph.gov.au,
senator.moore@aph.gov.au, senator.trood@aph.gov.au

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Julie.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au, Gary.Gray.MP@aph.gov.au,
Barry.Haase.MP@aph.gov.au, Steve.Irons.MP@aph.gov.au,
Sharryn.Jackson.MP@aph.gov.au, Dennis.Jensen.MP@aph.gov.au,
Michael.Keenan.MP@aph.gov.au, Nola.Marino.MP@aph.gov.au,
J.Moylan.MP@aph.gov.au, Mparke.MP@aph.gov.au, Don.Randall.MP@aph.gov.au,
Luke.Simpkins.MP@aph.gov.au, Stephen.Smith.MP@aph.gov.au,
W.Tuckey.MP@aph.gov.au, Mal.Washer.MP@aph.gov.au

SENATORS WESTERN AUSTRALIA
senator.adams@aph.gov.au, senator.back@aph.gov.au,
senator.bishop@aph.gov.au, senator.cash@aph.gov.au,
senator.cormann@aph.gov.au, senator.eggleston@aph.gov.au,
senator.evans@aph.gov.au, senator.johnston@aph.gov.au,
senator.ludlam@aph.gov.au, senator.pratt@aph.gov.au,
senator.siewert@aph.gov.au, senator.sterle@aph.gov.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Mark.Butler.MP@aph.gov.au, Nick.Champion.MP@aph.gov.au,
Kate.Ellis.MP@aph.gov.au, Steve.Georganas.MP@aph.gov.au,
C.Pyne.MP@aph.gov.au, Rowan.Ramsey.MP@aph.gov.au,
Amanda.Rishworth.MP@aph.gov.au, P.Secker@aph.gov.au,
Andrew.Southcott.MP@aph.gov.au, Tony.Zappia.MP@aph.gov.au,
Jamie.Briggs.MP@aph.gov.au

SENATORS SOUTH AUSTRALIA
senator.bernardi@aph.gov.au, senator.birmingham@aph.gov.au,
senator.farrell@aph.gov.au, senator.ferguson@aph.gov.au,
senator.fisher@aph.gov.au, senator.hanson-young@aph.gov.au,
senator.hurley@aph.gov.au, senator.mcewen@aph.gov.au,
senator.minchin@aph.gov.au, senator.wong@aph.gov.au,
senator.wortley@aph.gov.au, senator.xenophon@aph.gov.au

VICTORIA
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VICTORIA
Kevin.Andrews.MP@aph.gov.au, Fran.Bailey.MP@aph.gov.au,
B.Billson.MP@aph.gov.au, Russell.Broadbent.MP@aph.gov.au,
Anna.Burke.MP@aph.gov.au, Anthony.Byrne.MP@aph.gov.au, higgins@aph.gov.au,
S.Crean.MP@aph.gov.au, Michael.Danby.MP@aph.gov.au,
Mark.Dreyfus.MP@aph.gov.au, Martin.Ferguson.MP@aph.gov.au,
J.Forrest.MP@aph.gov.au, P.Georgiou.MP@aph.gov.au,
Steve.Gibbons.MP@aph.gov.au, Julia.Gillard.MP@aph.gov.au,
Alan.Griffin.MP@aph.gov.au, David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au,
Greg.Hunt.MP@aph.gov.au, Harry.Jenkins.MP@aph.gov.au,
Catherine.King.MP@aph.gov.au, JMacklin.MP@aph.gov.au,
Richard.Marles.MP@aph.gov.au, Darren.Chester.MP@aph.gov.au,
Sophie.Mirabella.MP@aph.gov.au, Brendan.O'Connor.MP@aph.gov.au,
Chris.Pearce.MP@aph.gov.au, Andrew.Robb.MP@aph.gov.au,
Nicola.Roxon.MP@aph.gov.au, Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au,
Tony.Smith.MP@aph.gov.au, S.Stone.MP@aph.gov.au, Mike.Symon.MP@aph.gov.au,
Lindsay.Tanner.MP@aph.gov.au, Kelvin.Thomson.MP@aph.gov.au,
Maria.Vamvakinou.MP@aph.gov.au, Jason.Wood.MP@aph.gov.au

SENATORS VICTORIA
senator.carr@aph.gov.au, senator.collins@aph.gov.au,
senator.conroy@aph.gov.au, senator.feeney@aph.gov.au,
senator.fielding@aph.gov.au, senator.fifield@aph.gov.au,
senator.kroger@aph.gov.au, senator.marshall@aph.gov.au,
senator.mcgauran@aph.gov.au, senator.ronaldson@aph.gov.au,
senator.ryan@aph.gov.au, senator.troeth@aph.gov.au

OFFICIALS WITH WEB FORMS:
The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister:
http://www.pm.gov.au/contact/index.cfm

The Hon. Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts:
http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/memfeedback.asp?id=HV4

AUSTRALIAN EMBASSIES IN COUNTRIES OTHER THAN THE USA:
http://www.dfat.gov.au/missions

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SAMPLE LETTER. This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue. WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER using these talking points. To receive a formatted letter (word doc), email Kinship Circle to copy/paste into an email or print letter to fax or mail. ===========================================================

Honorable Officials of Australia:

Australia's assault on its national icon is disgraceful. In May 2009, the
Department of Defense began to gun down 7,000 kangaroos on its vast Majura
military base in Canberra, ACT. By 5/14/09, with 3500 already dead, a
court-issued injunction temporarily stopped the massacre.

Wildlife culls are permitted to take up to 10,000 kangaroos per night. Where
is the Australian government's moral compass? Please stop authorized culls
and commercial kills. I urge officials to respect and accommodate indigenous
wildlife with more national parks, nature reserves, and protected land
corridors for animals to get there.

In Australia, the internationally beloved kangaroo has become an article of
trade -- to buy and sell by way of violent death. A 4/23/09 Daily Telegraph
report says "tens of thousands of joeys will be decapitated, shot or clubbed
to death" under government orders to open commercial shoots across a
generous swath of New South Wales.

The National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and
Wallabies advises that babies found in a slain mother's pouch be decapitated
with a sharp blade; clubbed with a metal pipe; or slammed against a firm
object. Older joeys are bludgeoned or shot at point blank range.

Hunters spotlight kangaroos in the outback at night. They aim for their
brains, but often miss and leave kangaroos with gaping head and mouth
wounds. Along with nearly four million kangaroos commercially killed each
year, hundreds of thousands of joeys die hideously.

I respectfully ask the government to phase out its consumptive use of
kangaroos and consider eco-tourism instead. Plainly stated, Australia's
largest known slaughter of land wildlife is sickening.

Thank you...
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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The Life and Death of Kangaroos (for stunningly horrific images)
Terri Kelley, Kinship Circle, Investigative Research
Stop Kangaroo Killing
Kangaroo Shooting
Joeys being killed after NSW opened up to commercial kangaroo shooting


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