Skippy slaughter kicks off tomorrow

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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getreal getreal 8:19 pm 03 Jun 11

Oh the comical rants of the kangaroo rights movement, how I have missed them. If I could make a couple of points. Firstly the RSPCA supports the cull not because they are part of some giant conspiracy rather have the ability to look at the issue logically and dispassionately. I will come back to the conspiracy shortly. Secondly 75% of everything has E.coli and salmonella in it. It’s the strain of the bug that makes it pathogenic not the bug itself. Kangaroo meat is statistically is clearer than, chicken, beef, pork and lamb. Thirdly what happens in every other states is millions of kangaroos are culled each year for damage mitigation, tourists boycotting the ACT huh. Also there is a big difference between culling an overabundant species and whaling. Fourthly the ACT is surrounded by commercial culling zones, you cannot tell me there is a good reason an animal shot near Majura cannot be processed for meat but an animal shot in Sutton can.

Back to the conspiracy and the ACT Government, conservation groups, RSPCA, scientists and every one else hating kangaroos, why would this be so? Did a kangaroo steal the cars of these people or break into their houses, perhaps kangaroos sold drugs to their children. I know, maybe the wombats are slipping these people brown paper bags to go after kangaroos so there is less competition for grass. Why would all these people focus this hatred on one species but none others?? Maybee these people and groups are right about the impacts of kangaroos and care about other things that may not be cute.

Oh to the red neck who shots roos with his bow. You are as much of the problem as the “greenies”, (who by the way are not greenies – kangaroo rights people only care about cute animals, they could not give a stuff about the environment). There is a standard applied to this activity, stick to it. That is unless you have a reason why you cannot obtain a firearm, I don’t know like some sort of condition.

The_Bulldog The_Bulldog 1:31 pm 03 Jun 11

qbngeek – I believe we aren’t allowed to be taking ‘roos with a bow, and not for any other purpose than approved culling (with tags, minimum cal .222), or for licenced commerical purposes (again, minimum cal .222). Be careful making broad statements such as you have – and if you are indeed taking ‘roos with your bow on public or private land do some research on it before you next head out. I’m not getting into the rhetoric about wheter we have enough ‘roos to make this sustainable, or the mechanics of how effective a well placed arrow with a good quality broad-head is, but the rules are the rules and if we don’t abide by them we make it harder to participate in our chosen pastimes and attract much unwanted attention from the good folks who don’t understand why we do what we do (and they are predominatly good folks – we just don’t agree on some issues).

Besides – the skill level required to “stalk” a ‘roo is hardly comparable to a deer, and if you need to get the animal hung and butchered for you you’re not really harvesting your own meat – so you’re not really impressing anyone by alluding to your finley honed man-skills.

Watson Watson 12:28 pm 03 Jun 11

fgzk said :

qbngeek you have such traditional 1800s values. There was a time in “Canberra” when shooting Kangaroos led to conflict, displacement, starvation and disease. Not so long ago, in the scheme of things.

Woah, you should use those recreational drugs in moderation, man!

Are you insinuating that the colonisation and displacement of the Indigenous community revolved around shooting kangaroos? Or did I just have too much coffee?

fgzk fgzk 12:04 pm 03 Jun 11

qbngeek you have such traditional 1800s values. There was a time in “Canberra” when shooting Kangaroos led to conflict, displacement, starvation and disease. Not so long ago, in the scheme of things.

monomania monomania 11:20 am 03 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.

They could get out of work Indonesian abattoir workers to process the carcasses.

Watson Watson 11:04 am 03 Jun 11

Mental Health Worker said :

Disgusting. The reasons for this cull change every year. It cannot be justified. It will seriously impact on overseas tourism to Australia (what does Orpah think?). We will continue to lose the moral high ground in the campaign against whaling. It’s cruel. It gives nutcases the impression it’s OK to shoot roos (and whatever else they get in their sights) whenever they want and wherever they want (and they do, in the rural residential areas around the ACT). The pest here is humanity. When the ACT government implements some human population control, rather than encouraging the illusion that is continual “growth”, then they might be credible.

MHW

It only harms tourism because of people like you making it appear that we shoot kangaroos purely for our sadistic pleasure. Stop stealing our tourist dollars!!!

qbngeek qbngeek 10:50 am 03 Jun 11

Joaquin said :

tonkatuff82 said :

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.

Have you actually been to any of the locations where the culls are due to commence? If so, you would see there is no over grazing! There is no “starving Kangaroos”.

Did you even read the justifications behind this cull?
Quote from ABC news –
Daniel Iglesias from ACT Parks and Conservation says “The numbers that we’ve calculated this time are based on sitting back and thinking how many kangaroos can these areas sustainably manage so that we can have a healthy population of kangaroos, but also healthy populations of other animals”

So these jerks “sit back and think” …then decide how many Kangaroo’s to shoot. There’s no population count, no assessment of the vegetation. Not even a mention of these so called “other animals” under threat? There is NO need for this cull.

What?! What exactly are these strict restrictions you’re talking about?
Shooters go out and shoot the Kangaroos, they then get their back legs slit and hung upside down in the back of an ute until the shooter is done for the night, then they’re stored in a chiller bin simular to a ship container until sold for meat.
Who knows how long they hang in the back of the unrefrigerated ute?!
I’ve seen many a chiller bin and they are disgusting – they’re always full of old blood and dirt are rarely cleaned out due to their remote locations.
Laboratory testing conducted by Biotech laboratories on 25 kangaroo meat samples taken from Australian supermarkets showed 75% contamination with Salmonella and/or E.coli. Mmmmm Bon Appétit !!

And I will still continue to go out with my bow and hunt my own lovely fresh Kangaroo, deer and rabbit and take it to my lovely butcher who will hang it to age and cut and prep it for me. My kids also love lying on the kangaroo and deer rugs.

The animals I shoot are in huge abundance, I take enough to feed my family and it taste better than anything from a shop. If anyone has property around canberra with an abundance of any of these animals or pigs, I am more than happy to come and take a couple for you.

Kangaroo meat should be more widely used. It is ain huge abundance adn they do less damage to the environment than cows or pigs. If your bleeding heart greenies would pull your headds out of your rear ends you would realise that half of what you preach is rubbish.

fgzk fgzk 10:30 am 03 Jun 11

Bring on the science. +1

Its a nice day for walking the dog on a reserve……Get spotted, but not found and try not to get shot.

chow chow 10:05 am 03 Jun 11

The setting up of a commercial processing operation should be considered. It would have to be small and like most other food production enterprises in the ACT, boutique. I would suggest going one step further and setting up a Halal kangaroo meat industry here. The export market to Indonesia should be opening up (Kanga makes GREAT Rendang) considering the problems with beef. Kangaroo is also well suited to at least one other iconic islamic dish, as you can read about here: http://the-riotact.com/the-quest-for-the-rooner/46249

The_Bulldog The_Bulldog 9:41 am 03 Jun 11

Joaquin – you obviously have absolutely no idea what you are talking about in relation to ‘roo culls in general, and what happens to the carcasses.

I have culled ‘roos legally in the ACT and NSW and can attest to the humane approach. As for leaving pouch-young unaccounted for – that’s against the protocols that are in place for professional shooters and private land-holders, and I’ve never seen a shot ‘roo go “unchecked”.

Do I enjoy culling ‘roos? Definately not. Is it something that needs to be done? You bet your sweet bippy it does. Consider, if you will, how much of the land has changed since we white-fullas settled in the region? With more cleared land comes more Kangaroos, however this does not necessarily mean sustainability. As for the people stating that there’s no drought so we can afford to let the population boom – this is just not a considered viewpoint. Should we wait until a grazing shortage before we seek to manage the population? This is far more risky than sustainable management.

I would be very surprised if science had not been applied to the Government consideration of the matter. This would have needed to include discussion with land-holders in the region, head counts and inspection of grazing sites. If this hasn’t occurred, then the Government has left themselves exposed to criticism, and made a pretty poor (arbitrary) decision on a highly emotive subject.

I also agree that a balanced approach to culling in the region could result in a small commerical enterprise that could be profitable – not to mention far more eco-friendly that burying the carcasses whole.

longshanks longshanks 9:07 am 03 Jun 11

Mental Health Worker said :

Disgusting. The reasons for this cull change every year. It cannot be justified. It will seriously impact on overseas tourism to Australia (what does Orpah think?). We will continue to lose the moral high ground in the campaign against whaling. It’s cruel. It gives nutcases the impression it’s OK to shoot roos (and whatever else they get in their sights) whenever they want and wherever they want (and they do, in the rural residential areas around the ACT). The pest here is humanity. When the ACT government implements some human population control, rather than encouraging the illusion that is continual “growth”, then they might be credible.

MHW

I’m confused – is this a tongue-in-cheek comment, or are you for real? (I apologise for my lack of mental acuity, it’s been a long week).

At first glance, the combination of Oprah, whales, nutcases and “human population control” indicates a straight-faced satire on the disjointed and sometimes delusional thought processes which are often demonstrated by people with a slightly tenous grip on reality.

However, as much as I don’t want to believe that you’re being serious, I can’t help but suspect that it’s your own MH which needs some W.

I apologise ureservedly in advance if that’s not the case.

fgzk fgzk 8:44 am 03 Jun 11

The ACT government seems pretty concerned about the rare grasslands in Canberra to the point of accepting a certain amount of international criticism about the cull. What about the river systems being choked with blackberry and other weeds. Should we expect a future cull of wombats?

I am still not convinced that the figures being presented by the government are true.

Antagonist Antagonist 8:23 am 03 Jun 11

bigfeet said :

I don’t hate kangaroo. In fact I love them. They make for a great slow cook curry.

You know I have only tried roo slow cooked once. Cooked in the ground at an aboriginal camp out western NSW. They built a big fire in a hole with rocks and stuff. Placed the roo on the hot coals once the fire died down and covered it over with dirt while it cooked. All you could see were the hind legs and half a tail sticking out of the ground. Suprisingly nice – but not nearly as good as Goanna (Bungarra?). After cooking the roo tail was removed, but not eaten. They were using their teeth to pull long fibres/tendons out to use later (stronger than any string in the shops apparently) and slurping up the juices as they went – considered it a real treat.

Will be sure to put curried-roo on the list of things to eat before I die. I much prefer a steak about 20mm thick, cooked hot and fast (medium-rare) and served with a strong-sweet sauce to tone down the gamey taste. An icy cold beer to wash down … YUMMO!

So where are the hysterical roo supporters? This thread has been very disappointing so far.

Watson Watson 8:23 am 03 Jun 11

I have to say that I would personally prefer it if they would increase the quota for commercial shooting instead of doing these big culls.

Thumper Thumper 8:23 am 03 Jun 11

Cut the fences and let them find their own way out.

Mental Health Worker Mental Health Worker 8:21 am 03 Jun 11

Disgusting. The reasons for this cull change every year. It cannot be justified. It will seriously impact on overseas tourism to Australia (what does Orpah think?). We will continue to lose the moral high ground in the campaign against whaling. It’s cruel. It gives nutcases the impression it’s OK to shoot roos (and whatever else they get in their sights) whenever they want and wherever they want (and they do, in the rural residential areas around the ACT). The pest here is humanity. When the ACT government implements some human population control, rather than encouraging the illusion that is continual “growth”, then they might be credible.

MHW

bigfeet bigfeet 6:33 am 03 Jun 11

kangasrevenge said :

Oh here we go again the usual tribe of kangaroo hating jerks (bar the odd commenter or two).

I don’t hate kangaroo. In fact I love them. They make for a great slow cook curry.

Watson Watson 10:35 pm 02 Jun 11

kangasrevenge said :

Canberran’s don’t deserve their wildlife or the beautiful environment they live in. Concrete the whole bloody lot because then it will reflect the concrete brains of the people who live here.

Thanks for the input. We’ll pass it on to the assembly.

averagejoeaussie averagejoeaussie 8:22 pm 02 Jun 11

kangasrevenge said :

Canberran’s don’t deserve their wildlife or the beautiful environment they live in. Concrete the whole bloody lot because then it will reflect the concrete brains of the people who live here.

Do you live here?

averagejoeaussie averagejoeaussie 8:18 pm 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.

I agree – the Government (sorry, hit-and-giggle-lawmakers) should be setting an example of recycling and renewables……..

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