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Skippy slaughter kicks off tomorrow

By johnboy - 2 June 2011 63

Territory And Municipal Services are warning parts of the Canberra Nature Park will be closed as the lights are turned out for hundreds of the overly populous eastern grey kangaroo.

The ACT Government wishes to advise residents that areas within Canberra Nature Park will be closed from 6 pm Friday 3 June 2011 to 6 pm Thursday 30 June 2011.

The sites to be closed are Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve, Mount Painter Nature Reserve, Callam Brae Nature Reserve, Jerrabomberra West Nature Reserve and Kama Nature Reserve. Unleased territory land adjacent to Kama Nature Reserve will also be closed.

The closures are in the interest of public safety while a kangaroo cull takes place. The purpose of the cull is to reduce the number of kangaroos to environmentally sustainable levels so that the biodiversity characteristics of these important reserves is maintained. The numbers to be culled have been based on kangaroo counts in each location.

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Skippy slaughter kicks off tomorrow
neanderthalsis 12:03 pm 02 Jun 11

crappicker said :

Disgusting! I wonder to what extent this large scale slaughter is driven by special interest groups demanding cheap fodder. Old habits don’t die. Do Canberrans really deserve their wildlife?

We need to protect our grasslands so the rabbits have more to eat.

I can’t think of any “special interest groups demanding cheap fodder”. There aren’t too many people running livestock here in the ACT and those who do are generally on leasehold land, not in the nature parks.

amarooresident3 12:02 pm 02 Jun 11

shirty_bear said :

Heard this described on the wireless as the “annual kangaroo cull”. Is this really a scheduled annual event?

Agree that it would be nice if the meat/hides could be used rather than dumped. But the roo harvesting industry is based some distance away, and this is surely a relatively small number of head.

The TAMS spokesman on this morning said that given the small number (a bit over 3,000) and the logistics of it, it was simply not cost effective, especially as the commercial kill out west is into the millions.

Watson 11:49 am 02 Jun 11

crappicker said :

Do Canberrans really deserve their wildlife?

Obviously not. That’s probably why they are shooting them. “No more kangaroos for naughty children!”

Watson 11:45 am 02 Jun 11

Classified said :

Watson said :

That title really did make me laugh out loud at my desk. Hahaha!

Hey, you can’t have slaughter without laughter.

Hahaha!

The Frots 11:43 am 02 Jun 11

I still have problems understanding this. I know the destructive nature of kangaroo’s (especdially when they form gangs, wear colours, become hoodies, etc) but there is just something inheritantly wrong with this.

Jim Jones 11:37 am 02 Jun 11

crappicker said :

Disgusting! I wonder to what extent this large scale slaughter is driven by special interest groups demanding cheap fodder. Old habits don’t die. Do Canberrans really deserve their wildlife?

Even the RSPCA supports this. What’s the problem?

John Moulis 11:28 am 02 Jun 11

The Canberra silly season has started again.

crappicker 10:36 am 02 Jun 11

Disgusting! I wonder to what extent this large scale slaughter is driven by special interest groups demanding cheap fodder. Old habits don’t die. Do Canberrans really deserve their wildlife?

shirty_bear 10:24 am 02 Jun 11

Heard this described on the wireless as the “annual kangaroo cull”. Is this really a scheduled annual event?

Agree that it would be nice if the meat/hides could be used rather than dumped. But the roo harvesting industry is based some distance away, and this is surely a relatively small number of head.

KB1971 10:02 am 02 Jun 11

Chop71 said :

I wish they could use them in a more productive way than dumping them in a big pit. They would make great skippy burgers, sausages, pet food or even blood and bone.

+1, while it might sound draconian, waste not want not. There is no reason as to why the meat could not be classed & used for human consumption & the rest as pet food.

Man, we waste too much in this world, I would rather use this resource when availiable than relying on farting cows all the time.

harryhaller 10:00 am 02 Jun 11

Indeed, why can’t they turn them into pet food at least?

tonkatuff82 9:45 am 02 Jun 11

Chop71 said :

I wish they could use them in a more productive way than dumping them in a big pit. They would make great skippy burgers, sausages, pet food or even blood and bone.

There are restrictions on where meat comes from if it is to be suitable for human consumption. Even if the government wanted to, due to the nature of the cull they wouldn’t be allowed to do anything else with them. Kangaroo meat sold in shops is under just as many, if not more restrictions and controls than beef.

Classified 9:45 am 02 Jun 11

Watson said :

That title really did make me laugh out loud at my desk. Hahaha!

Hey, you can’t have slaughter without laughter.

Chop71 9:29 am 02 Jun 11

I wish they could use them in a more productive way than dumping them in a big pit. They would make great skippy burgers, sausages, pet food or even blood and bone.

Watson 9:25 am 02 Jun 11

That title really did make me laugh out loud at my desk. Hahaha!

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