Kangaroo meat to be banned in Australia

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Kangaroo meat is to be banned in Australia after a damning report found the industry is cruel and inhumane.

The report, by Animals Australia and Animal Liberation NSW, found that kangaroos are routinely shot in the head with high-powered rifles, often taking multiple shots to kill them.

The wounded animals are then left to suffer for minutes or even hours before being clubbed or stabbed to death.

The report found that kangaroos are often still alive when they are skinned and gutted.

The report has led to calls from animal welfare groups for a ban on the sale of kangaroo meat.

The kangaroo industry is worth an estimated $200 million a year.

It is currently legal to shoot kangaroos for meat in Australia, with around 3 million animals killed each year.

The industry is regulated by the National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Commercial Purposes, which was last updated in 2009.

However, the new report found that the code is routinely ignored, with little oversight or enforcement.

The report has led to calls for a complete ban on the sale of kangaroo meat.

In a statement, Animals Australia said: “The kangaroo industry likes to portray itself as humane and sustainable.

“But the reality is that it is neither. The killing of adult kangaroos is inherently inhumane, and the joeys orphaned as a result of the cull are either clubbed to death or left to starve.”

The RSPCA also called for a ban on the sale of kangaroo meat, saying the report’s findings were “deeply concerning”.

“The RSPCA is opposed to the commercial killing of kangaroos and has long called for an end to this cruel and inhumane practice,” the organisation said in a statement.

“We are renewing our call for a ban on the sale of kangaroo meat in Australia.”

The Australian Greens have also called for a ban on the sale of kangaroo meat, with Senator Mehreen Faruqi saying the report’s findings were “appalling”.

“The kangaroo industry is cruel, inhumane and unsustainable. It’s time for it to end,” Senator Faruqi said.

“The Greens have long called for a ban on the sale of kangaroo meat and we will be redoubling our efforts to make this a reality.”

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  1. This is just one more example of the cruelty that is inherent in the meat industry. The kangaroo industry is just another example of an industry that profits off of the suffering of animals. There is no excuse for the mistreatment of animals, and a ban on the sale of kangaroo meat is long overdue.

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