Terrorised, injured, bludgeoned and killed… Victoria’s kangaroos and their joeys urgently need your voice.
Only a few years ago, the world united in grief and compassion for Australia’s wildlife. Images of suffering kangaroos against blackened, apocalyptic landscapes, orphaned joeys who survived the smoke and heat in their mum’s pouches being comforted by dedicated wildlife carers. Little did many know that the survivors of the devastating black summer bushfires would ultimately be released only to be put at risk of further fear and cruelty… but this time, for profit.
Kangaroos and other native animals are already vulnerable due to the government’s “Authority to Control Wildlife” (ATCW) System , which enables thousands of native animals – even threatened species – to be killed every year. This flawed system has come under immense criticism from the community and wildlife advocates, as it is a poorly administered and poorly regulated program that strips wildlife of their ‘protected’ status and allows them to be killed if land managers want them gone.
In a further blow to kangaroos, in 2019, the Victorian Andrews Government announced its innocuously named “Kangaroo Management Plan” – authorising the mass-slaughter of kangaroos for profit. This new plan also allowed landowners who obtained permits to kill kangaroos on their property under the ACWS to ‘harvest’ kangaroos – with disastrous results.
This incentivising of kangaroo killings led to an explosion in the number of kangaroos slaughtered – revealing the gross abuse of this permit system, with thousands of kangaroos and their joeys being slaughtered every year in Victoria to supply the lucrative ‘pet food’ industry.
Further to this, the Victorian Government has made the shocking decision to increase the number of kangaroos they are permitting to be slaughtered in 2023. Without a sound understanding of the impact recent severe floods have had on kangaroo populations, the state’s legal “quota” has increased by 27% – sentencing over 230,000 Victorian kangaroos to death.