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Kangaroo culls – Do we have the right to protest?

By Alexandra Craig - 28 April 2015 28

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Over 2400 kangaroos will be shot this year as part of an ACT government cull – up almost 1000 on last year’s numbers. Earlier this week it was revealed that the licence authorising the latest cull allows for the shooting of 5000 animals over two years, which also includes shooting in reserves close to residential areas.

I’m generally opposed to the culling of any animal, especially beautiful native animals. The reason behind the cull is due to the overgrazing of high densities of kangaroos in particular areas which is destroying ecosystems and threatening various types of fauna. Now, I don’t claim to be any kind of expert on this issue but upon hearing this reasoning the first thing that springs to mind is, well, isn’t that just the food chain? Or is high kangaroo density due to the actions of humans? Are we to blame for the kangaroos essentially eating all the grass in certain areas?

With every kangaroo cull there are the ever-loyal protesters, often spending most of the hours in a day standing outside the Legislative Assembly holding photos of furry-faced Eastern Grey kangaroos. Some are also known to protest at the actual cull site.

In the past there has been some criticism of the protesters’ actions, including one instance where several protestors ran onto the nature reserve disturbing sedated kangaroos. However, these kangaroos weren’t threatened with the cull (they were partaking in the anti-fertility treatment). I respect anyone who will stand up for animals as it’s not often done, but I also have concerns for the safety of anyone who might run into the culling path and injure themselves.

As I mentioned, I’m generally opposed to culling and I feel sad for the animals that lose their lives, not to mention the joeys that are killed with a blow to the head after their mama roo has been shot. Some may view this as a hypocritical view from an animal lover, however I don’t think I would ever participate in a protest and risk the safety of other people.

I’ve often said to friends that I wish I could arrive at the culling site pre-cull (as in, several hours before the reserve is closed) and tell all the kangaroos that they need to leave quickly and maybe they need to consider not living in the same area, but sadly real life isn’t a fantasy land where animals can understand the English language.

The upcoming kangaroo cull will take place at Callum Brae on Mugga Lane; Crace, Goorooyarroo, Gungaderra and Mulanggari in Gungahlin; Kama and the Pinnacle near Hawker; Mount Painter near Cook, and Wanniassa Hills.

Where do you stand on the kangaroo cull, and what do you think of the protesters? While we all have the right to protest, does this still apply if other people’s safety is at risk?

Do you support kangaroo culling in the ACT?

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Kangaroo culls – Do we have the right to protest?
Grimm 1:52 pm 29 Apr 15

dungfungus said :

I practice what I preach if that’s what you mean. I live within my means in all respects.

So, you don’t live in a house or apartment that sits on what was once uncleared bushland? Living within your means has nothing to do with a growing population requiring more land to be cleared and dwellings and amenities be built to accommodate that population.

dungfungus said :

While Obama says (pathetically) that climate change is the world’s biggest threat, unbridled population growth is a bigger one.

Probably not far of there at least.

dungfungus said :

What a shame that people in a subsistence environment still breed to compound the problem for themselves and the rest of the world who are obliged to help them.

What subsistence environment? There certainly isn’t one in Canberra. I certainly don’t know of anybody purely living a subsistence lifestyle. If you live in a house, have electricity and plumbing, and eat food you don’t hunt and gather yourself, you are not living a subsistence lifestyle or in a subsistence environment.

dungfungus said :

At least a Kangaroo can stop breeding in times of drought so that the offspring won’t starve to death.

Well apparently they are about as good as humans when it comes to self regulating their population, hence the need for the culls.

dungfungus 8:28 am 29 Apr 15

Pork Hunt said :

So Dungers, are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

I practice what I preach if that’s what you mean. I live within my means in all respects.
While Obama says (pathetically) that climate change is the world’s biggest threat, unbridled population growth is a bigger one.
What a shame that people in a subsistence environment still breed to compound the problem for themselves and the rest of the world who are obliged to help them.
At least a Kangaroo can stop breeding in times of drought so that the offspring won’t starve to death.

HenryBG 8:31 pm 28 Apr 15

Mysteryman said :

Not only do I support the cull completely, but I also feel that the people protesting it and complaining about it are somewhat detached from reality.

That much has been obvious for years – and yet our defective legal system allows them to lodge bizarre actions every single year, rather than dealing definitively with their delusional beliefs once and for all the first time they crop up.

You don’t suppose….lawyers actually *benefit* from allowing pointless legal actions to repeat in what seems like a never-ending loop, do you…?

Pork Hunt 5:27 pm 28 Apr 15

So Dungers, are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

Dame Canberra 4:34 pm 28 Apr 15

Roksteddy said :

Dame Canberra said :

perhaps it would be more effective to protest the method?

As Grimm said, what other method is there? Currently, it is the best method available.
Yes, there is a fertility control trial happening. Until that is finalised, then there really isn’t an alternative.

Ah, I didn’t realise the fertility control method was a trial. I thought it was a choice between that, shooting and a bunch of other options I’d assumed were at the government’s disposal. Apparently not! As you were, folks.

Roksteddy 3:49 pm 28 Apr 15

Dame Canberra said :

perhaps it would be more effective to protest the method?

As Grimm said, what other method is there? Currently, it is the best method available.
Yes, there is a fertility control trial happening. Until that is finalised, then there really isn’t an alternative.

And yes, of course we have the right to protest. You have the right to be opposed to the cull. I can understand you opposing culling of a species that is very visually prominent on the Canberra landscape. They are a beautiful creature. But if we do nothing then we are condemning other species that don’t get our attention because they aren’t so cute and cuddly. You should be opposed to their demise.

Evilomlap 2:20 pm 28 Apr 15

Given the chance, a kangaroo would shoot you without batting an eyelid, believe me. I spoke to one the other day who ended our conversation with the ever-so-unsettling “just be glad I don’t have opposable thumbs, boyo…” he then winked at me and made a clicking sound that I still hear in my dreams…

Seriously, I saw a thing on the news not too long ago that they were experimenting on some kind of medicinal sterilisation method to reduce/replace the cull? Anyone else see this?

And also seriously, the only person I have ever known who participated in the cull was a redneck who looked forward to it every year because it gave him a chance to act out his psycho tendencies, and the only person I ever knew who protested the cull was a hippie weirdo. Maybe if normal people participated in either side of the argument I’d be more inclined to get involved rather than feel the irresistible urge to back away slowly.

Grimm 1:49 pm 28 Apr 15

dungfungus said :

If you substitute “human” for kangaroos and “the world” for Canberra in what you just posted, the resultant scenario provides the solution for the world and all of its problems.

There’s always one of you….

Dame Canberra said :

I know that kangaroos need to be culled, but I’d much prefer they weren’t shot, or bashed over the head. Rather than protesting the cull itself, which is going to happen anyway, perhaps it would be more effective to protest the method?

So, what method would you suggest, other than shooting? One that is both humane and cost effective, as shooting them is.

Mysteryman said :

Not only do I support the cull completely, but I also feel that the people protesting it and complaining about it are somewhat detached from reality.

Many of them are fruitloops who need to be locked up for their own safety. One idiot suggested people put themselves between the shooters and the roos.

Natural selection should probably have been allowed to take its course on that one.

Mysteryman 1:08 pm 28 Apr 15

Not only do I support the cull completely, but I also feel that the people protesting it and complaining about it are somewhat detached from reality.

dungfungus 12:56 pm 28 Apr 15

wildturkeycanoe said :

dungfungus said :

If you substitute “human” for kangaroos and “the world” for Canberra in what you just posted, the resultant scenario provides the solution for the world and all of its problems.

This would be a great solution, but unnecessary. The problem is caused by unfair distribution of most of the available grass to the wealthiest kangaroos, leaving the majority, poorer and weaker kangaroos to survive on what is left on the reserve.

It must have been one of the wealthy kangaroos that made a deposit on my driveway this morning.
Note that very few wealthy humans have 10 children.

Dame Canberra 12:46 pm 28 Apr 15

I know that kangaroos need to be culled, but I’d much prefer they weren’t shot, or bashed over the head. Rather than protesting the cull itself, which is going to happen anyway, perhaps it would be more effective to protest the method?

wildturkeycanoe 12:42 pm 28 Apr 15

dungfungus said :

If you substitute “human” for kangaroos and “the world” for Canberra in what you just posted, the resultant scenario provides the solution for the world and all of its problems.

This would be a great solution, but unnecessary. The problem is caused by unfair distribution of most of the available grass to the wealthiest kangaroos, leaving the majority, poorer and weaker kangaroos to survive on what is left on the reserve.

Solidarity 12:13 pm 28 Apr 15

Yep, you still have the right to protest.

It’s dangerous to cycle on the roads, still a cyclist has a right to use ’em.

If you get shot however… Hmm. Can of worms and all that. Just use your noggin, I guess.

dungfungus 12:10 pm 28 Apr 15

Grimm said :

Yes, the high kangaroo density is due to the actions of humans, and yes, those actions are to blame for kangaroos eating all the remaining feed in those areas. I don’t think anybody is, or possibly could dispute that.

The reality is that Canberra is expanding, and the amount of land unused for building places to live is shrinking rapidly. Peoples needs for places to live etc are going to outweigh a few kangaroos, which are not exactly an endangered species. If kangaroo numbers aren’t kept in check by culling, the kangaroos starve to death, and the remaining flora and fauna in these areas also disappears.

The cull, in essence, is damage control. I’d much rather see the kangaroos die without ever knowing what happened than starve to death over weeks and die in agony. I’d also say it was a better idea to control their numbers than let them overpopulate and destroy the areas where the culls are taking place.

If you substitute “human” for kangaroos and “the world” for Canberra in what you just posted, the resultant scenario provides the solution for the world and all of its problems.

Grimm 11:38 am 28 Apr 15

Yes, the high kangaroo density is due to the actions of humans, and yes, those actions are to blame for kangaroos eating all the remaining feed in those areas. I don’t think anybody is, or possibly could dispute that.

The reality is that Canberra is expanding, and the amount of land unused for building places to live is shrinking rapidly. Peoples needs for places to live etc are going to outweigh a few kangaroos, which are not exactly an endangered species. If kangaroo numbers aren’t kept in check by culling, the kangaroos starve to death, and the remaining flora and fauna in these areas also disappears.

The cull, in essence, is damage control. I’d much rather see the kangaroos die without ever knowing what happened than starve to death over weeks and die in agony. I’d also say it was a better idea to control their numbers than let them overpopulate and destroy the areas where the culls are taking place.

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