Imagine if you are one of the joeys who’s getting some pampering from the mother one night. She is about to tuck you to bed, and suddenly you hear a noise. The last thing you know is that your mother is dragged and you can hear her terrifying whines. Moments later, she’s quiet and taken without any movement. You are left there alone, not knowing your mother is never going to come back.
There may be plenty of kangaroos, but that’s no excuse to slaughter them!
This is a realistic scenario that happens to kangaroos. They are selfishly hunted and brutally murdered for meat and byproduct manufacturing. It is a very common activity, and in fact, a legal operation in Australia. They are considered a “pest” because they outnumber the human population. Yet, others say that is only a myth to have a more reasonable explanation for people to understand it. Whether that is a fact or a nonsense conspiracy, only one thing remains true. That is the killing of kangaroos in this country considered to be the biggest massacre of animals in the entire world. And to those who really care, it is an obvious animal cruelty.
Kangaroos are a beautiful attraction in the wild, but never on plates.
Funny thing is that most Australians do not eat them (well thank goodness for that!). However, there are many local restaurants that serve them. This is one way to attract tourists. Who among travelers would miss such a thing? Can you really blame them if they so? Unless they are vegetarians who won’t even take one step to get into those places, believe me, they will include it to their bucket list.
Isn’t it much better if kangaroos are seen live while they hop around and you can sense their happiness and contentment? Do you enjoy it when the mothers take care of their young? Do you find it unique when joey is held in the pouch? That’s what tourists must look forward to.
Kangaroos can be exported so others can see, but not to devour them.
There is big money involved when unique products are exported to other nations. Speaking which, the trading of kangaroos can help Australia economically. That is totally alright if they are transferred in the wild, farm, etc. (but never in a cage) so other citizens can see them. It is rare to normally see kangaroos in other countries. However, exporting these animals for that objective is not the case at all. They are bought or traded for their meat and skin.
Do you know that the number of kangaroos killed for export trade is millions? This statistic excludes young kangaroos that also barely survive and gradually die when their mothers are not around. Naturally, they need their mothers to grow and stay alive, but adult kangaroos are always the target for this kind of business.
Majority of kangaroos captured and slaughtered is used as meat for both human and pet consumption. As a matter of fact, they are chopped and sliced right before they land in other countries. They become ingredients to some dishes and meals (including sausages and salami) of non-vegetarians.
The skin is also set aside for another product. If you are a big fan of football or soccer, you may be surprised by this bad news, and probably stop watching too. Why? Many of the boots used for this kind of sport are manufactured from kangaroos’ skin. Not to mention bags from hand bags to golf bags, shoes, hats, wallets, and furniture.
Meat and skin are just two of the many things. Some parts of kangaroos are made for other products. These include purses, which are taken from the scrotum of kangaroos, bottle openers from paws, and the famous animal-head wall mounts.
How can you help and contribute to stop the killings of kangaroos?
1. DO NOT go to stores that sell kangaroo meat and skin.
2. DO NOT go to restaurants that serve kangaroo meat.
3. DO NOT go to the zoo.
4. DO NOT buy any products made of kangaroos.
5. DO join organizations that help save and protect kangaroos.
6. DO share this post with others to generate awareness.