Big trouble for kangaroos, help them please
There is way too much apathy and ignorance, in general, towards what is happening to our kangaroos. It doesn’t seem to matter that already we have made EXTINCT several hundred species of Australian native fauna and that hundreds more are on the endangered list. We continue our careless practices. People do not understand that by what is happening, we are taking the quality of our kangaroos away, their health and vigor is not what it used to be and as species they are becoming weaker. The evolutionary ramifications are incredibly frightening. Many people do not realize that the Industry is taking the largest males, who of course, are the best breeding stock, the strongest, most virile and desirable gene pool. It is also not publicized that it has now been found that the average age of kangaroos is about 2 YEARS OLD instead of about 20 years old. They are not being allowed to live their full life span and breed how they would choose to do so for the strength, benefit and longevity of their species.
The kangaroo populations, particularly Reds, are under extreme pressure because humans are predating so heavily on them.
It has been shown through scientific research, that the Red kangaroo populations only grow between 6-8% a year when under pressure and yet the current quota for the allowable killing of Reds is 21% of the estimated population. That is THREE TIMES the growth rate. A quota of 5.5 million has been set for the last 3 years, this year it is 7 million, and they don’t even know how many kangaroos there are in actuality. They do aerial surveys and then estimate how many they think there are?! There is a huge range between the figures that are bantered round by the "experts". And yet the kangaroo management scheme is saying that kangaroos have to be "used" in an ecologically sustainable way?? They are not taking into account the huge numbers of kangaroos who are killed illegally or who die in accidents. Nor does anyone disclose the enormous numbers of joeys who are bashed to death cruelly or who are left to die, night after night.
The cruelty factor of all this barbarism is TRULY HORRIFIC. Some kangaroos are shot and die immediately, millions do NOT. They are injured and in pain. Some hop away with ghastly wounds. Some are bashed to death. Millions of joeys, in utter terror, are hauled out of pouches or caught mid-flight and brutally murdered. It’s a ghastly nightmare, only it is too true. Imagine what it would be like for you, to see your father, mother, children, other family and friends mercilessly savaged. This is exactly what it is like, night after night for thousands of kangaroos. They feel every bit of it as much as we would.
These 2 photos show disgusting and callous cruelty after a night of some people's sick idea of permissible behavior. They were driving round a paddock in the middle of the night shooting at and injuring innocent and terrified kangaroos. These poor kangaroos were 2 of 6 who had to endure being shot at, wounded and then in agony were chased by the low-life murderers. They were bashed until they fell and then their bodies were smashed. Who knows how long they had to suffer.