Growing push to save kangaroos on death row

Environmental groups fear that Victoria’s animals could be eradicated by Victoria’s plan to eliminate 17,250 kangaroos after a 40% increase in population.

The selection also regarded kangaroo mobs as agricultural pests and confronted agricultural and environmental groups with farmers.

Gary Catereros, owner of an orchard in Victoria, said kangaroos are a nuisance to farmers on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and threaten his livelihood.

“Early shoots from the vines are eaten. Apples are removed from the tree, chewed several times and then thrown away,” Catereros told Southern Peninsula News. “The tree is damaged when trying to pull out the fruit, and in a week most fruit pear trees can be stripped,” he added.

However, many environmentalists argue that beloved Australian marsupials should be protected by animal protection groups and encourage Victorian legislators to save the wild population of Eastern Gray Kangaroos on the Mornington Peninsula from killing. doing.

Kangaroos are the only large animals that want to move from place to place. (Fred J. Eckert)

Peter Hyland, President of the Australian Wildlife Conservation Council (APWC), wrote: paper On the November 2020 Council website, the Victoria State Government still permits the killing of Australian wildlife in Victoria, despite dire environmental conditions, including large-scale wildfires.

“A very large kangaroo killing permit has been issued in the Victorian region (including Central Victoria), and the rest of the population is subject to commercial and non-commercial shooting activities. Is declining rapidly by region, “says Highland.

“Like the rest of Australia, the Victoria State Government’s kangaroo population estimates are exaggerated,” he said.

“This means that commercial quotas are almost always unfulfilled (because kangaroos are not in the numbers listed), and in at least one case in Victoria, one species of kangaroo (currently multiple). )), The number of permits issued and the number of animals covered by these permits can exceed the state-wide population of that species. “

Nonetheless, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) states that the number of kangaroos has increased significantly in recent years, and that it manages the number of humane and ecologically sustainable kangaroos. I am considering it.

According to the latest statistics, the number of Western Gray Kangaroos in the eastern part of the state has increased by 40% since 2018, according to the Arthur Lyra Institute for Environmental Studies.

The Victorian Farmers Federation also considers kangaroos to be “invasive animals,” and in its 2019-2020 annual report, the group lobbied for increased harvest quotas for excess kangaroo populations. Continued (pdf).

Federal President Emma Germano said the high number of kangaroos affected the agricultural sector and prevented the two from coexisting sustainably.

“People need to understand in some areas where kangaroos are at a rate of plague,” she told Age.

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