Government-sanctioned wildlife cruelty: the truth about kangaroo shooting
The suffering inflicted upon kangaroos and their joeys at the hands of the commercial kangaroo killing industry can not be overstated. Ask any wildlife rescuer or carer about the state of some of the animals they’ve come across after being targeted by shooters, and brace yourself for their harrowing response.
It’s one thing to allow native animals to be killed – and for many, the thought of kangaroos being killed for any reason is upsetting enough. But the scale of suffering that is caused by locating families of kangaroos with vehicles and shooting at them with rifles is hard to imagine.
Kangaroos are incredibly sensitive animals. So sensitive, in fact, that they’re prone to a condition known as myopathy, a deadly condition that sets in if they have been under extreme stress. Kangaroos rescued from precarious situations by kind-hearted people can die hours or even days later from this condition. It’s so prevalent that it’s illegal to ‘round kangaroos up’ as a method of relocating them – even if done in the interest of their safety and protection, it is simply too dangerous.
Imagine, then, the impact that being shot at with rifles has on the whole mob of kangaroos.
Gun-wielding shooters may use high-powered spotlights or infrared equipment to find kangaroos at night, and then shoot at them with rifles. Although regulations state that animals and cars must be ‘stationary’ before firing (unless the animal is injured)… the vast majority of the time there is no oversight of shooters, who undertake their gruesome activity under the cover of darkness in remote areas or on private properties.
Entire families will flee for their lives – some might be shot in the head and die quickly. Others will be shot through the face or the neck, the back or stomach. Then if those ones are ‘lucky’, they’ll only suffer in agony for a short while before they are chased down and shot in the head.