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World's Largest Land-based Wildlife Slaughter... Kangaroos

From ALV Animal Liberation Victoria
May 2023

The world's largest land-based wildlife slaughter is happening to Australia’s iconic kangaroos, considered a pest on the land they have lived in for over 20 million years.

lone Kangaroo
Photo by Mark Stoop, Unsplash

Unlike most animals who are exploited for food, kangaroos are not fenced into paddocks, or inside sheds, they are killed in the wild, under the cover of darkness. This may appeal to people as a more ‘natural’ or ‘humane’ method of killing, however, the reality is anything but.

Commercial kangaroo shooters must adhere to The National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Commercial Purposes.

This National Code of Practice states that harvesters must aim to hit the target kangaroo in the head, only when they are clearly visible, stationary and standing upright. However, human error dictates that even highly experienced shooters will not hit their target correctly 100% of the time, especially in the dark.

As a result of this, kangaroos who have been maimed are unlikely to be found as they will try to hop away and as a result, will die a slow, painful death.

The same fate occurs for joeys at-foot, whose mothers have either been shot and killed, or are suffering from painful wounds and can no longer provide them with adequate care.


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dead Joeys
Twin Joeys found in their dead mother's pouch on the back of a shooters ute.

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