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Roo cull is cruelty, not a solution: advocate

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December 08, 2017

AUSTRALIAN Society for Kangaroos president Nikki Sutterby said kangaroo culling was not humane and never the answer.

AUSTRALIAN Society for Kangaroos president Nikki Sutterby said kangaroo culling was not humane and never the answer.

‘‘There’s a lot of propaganda the slaughter of kangaroos is humane,’’ she said.

‘‘But there’s a government research report that was published in 2015 that shows it’s actually extremely cruel to the joeys.

‘‘When the shooter shoots a female ... they just leave the little joey that is out of the pouch to die of stress and starvation. The one in the pouch they bash over its head then chuck it in the dirt.

Even if kangaroo numbers were extremely high, of which Ms Sutterby does not think they are, she said killing them was not the right move.

‘‘You can’t go and kill 50 per cent of the population to protect road drivers because you’ve still got 50 per cent of the population left,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s really a non-argument...there’s nothing practical about it.’’

Ms Sutterby said numbers were not at plague proportions.

‘‘It’s about the speed you’re doing in these high risk areas,’’ she said.

‘‘What they (MRC) need to do is educate the public about the high risk areas and they need to tell people to slow down between dusk and dawn.

‘‘If they need to reduce the speed limit that’s even better but to expect the public to support killing protective native wildlife so people can keep driving at 100km/h to get to their destination in time is not ethical.

‘‘You would have to kill every last kangaroo because killing a proportion of them is not going to reduce the road safety.’’

Ms Sutterby said kangaroos were hunted commercially throughout MRC but quotas were not being reached.

‘‘What this says to us is that the numbers are just not there. There’s not enough kangaroos.’’

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