Greenpeace Calls for Kangaroo Slaughter
News release from
October 11, 2007
The one consistent thing these days about the
Greenpeace Foundation is its inconsistency. Back in 1986,
Greenpeace produced a film about the commercial slaughter of the
kangaroos in Australia. The film was called Goodbye to Joey, and
it denounced the wholesale slaughter of kangaroos. According to
Australian Greenpeace spokesperson Trevor Daley, Greenpeace
opposed the commercial trade of kangaroo products on ecological
and moral grounds and stated that, "on a purely moral basis, we
find it nauseating."
That was then, but today Greenpeace is
actually calling for the commercial slaughter of millions of
kangaroos as a solution to . . . global warming! Now Greenpeace
energy campaigner Mark Wakeham is urging Aussies to eat kangaroo
to help reduce land clearing and the release of methane gas. "It
is one of the lifestyle changes we can make," Mr. Wakeham said.
"Changing our meat consumption habits is a small way to make an
impact." Obviously, Mr. Wakeham is not a vegetarian, which of
course is the more positive way of changing meat consumption
The proposal to commercially slaughter
kangaroos is contained in a report, Paths to a Low-Carbon
Future, commissioned and released by Greenpeace. Roughly three
million kangaroos are killed and commercially sold for meat each
year. They are shot between the eyes at night with high-powered
guns. Greenpeace wishes to see this number doubled. Australians
eat only about a third of the 30 million kilograms of 'roo meat
produced annually. This "delicacy" is exported to dozens of
countries and is most popular in Germany, France, and Belgium.
The Greenpeace report has renewed calls for
the Australian state of Victoria to lift a ban on harvesting
kangaroos for food. Kangaroo meat presently sold in Victoria is
imported from out of the state. The commercial kangaroo meat
industry has seized the Greenpeace report to strengthen its
demand to remove the kangaroo slaughter ban in Victoria. Way to
go, Greenpeace - saving the Earth by killing Skippy!
The Australian kangaroo population has been
cut in half over the past five years because of excessive
drought. A major commercial slaughter is hardly going to be
beneficial to this diminished population. The Greenpeace report
by Dr. Mark Diesendorf, from the University of New South Wales,
states that greenhouse gas emissions need to be slashed by at
least a third by 2020 in order to avoid a climate change
catastrophe. One of his recommendations is reducing beef
consumption and increasing kangaroo meat production. "There's a
small sub-set of environmentalists who see the kangaroo as a
cuddly animal which should be left alone. They are entitled to
their view, but more and more people are moving towards eating
it,'' said Dr. Diesendorf.
What is Greenpeace thinking? Or are they
thinking at all? Greenpeace is actually calling for a massive
slaughter of a wildlife species for commercial purposes. It is
bad enough that Greenpeace no longer opposes the mass slaughter
of harp seals in Canada. It is tragic that Greenpeace continues
to support the trophy hunting of polar bears in Alaska and
Northern Canada. But to openly support the largest massacre of
any wildlife species on the planet is going beyond the bounds of
acceptability. Has Greenpeace received a large contribution from
the kangaroo meat industry? What would possess them to issue a
call for a kangaroo slaughter?
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Founder and
President Captain Paul Watson was also a co-founder of
Greenpeace. "I feel a little like Dr. Frankenstein, having
helped to create this green mean monster. There can be no
justification for this insane proposal." Al Johnson, who founded
Greenpeace USA and was a member of the film crew in 1984 that
made Goodbye to Joey was shocked when he heard this proposal.
"This is inexcusable. How can we produce a passionate film
denouncing the horrific kangaroo slaughter and then advocate the
mass slaughter of kangaroos a few years later?"
"It is interesting that Dr. Diesendorf does
not mention vegetarianism as a solution to global warming, nor
does he mention the need to reduce human populations or to curb
our excessive consumption of fish," said Captain Watson.
"Instead, he has chosen to become Dr. Death for the 'roos and is
advocating the mass slaughter of a wild native animal that has
been a positive member of the Australian ecosystem for tens of
thousands of years. And he dismisses those who disagree with him
as a 'small subset of environmentalists.' Dr. Diesendorf is
going to discover that opposition to this Auschwitz approach to
solving climate change through mass killing will be opposed by a
great many people."
contact Dr. Diesendorf
and voice your opposition to the mass commercial slaughter of
kangaroos for dinner. Tell Greenpeace that far from being a
member of a "small sub-set," you are a true environmentalist,
and it may choose to push this plan, but not in your name or the
name of environmentalism.