As Australians, it’s our duty to eat more kangaroo meat.
At least that is what Associate Professor David Paton from the University of Adelaide seems to be suggesting.
Paton, a veteran ecologist, told ABC News that Australians need to “embrace kangaroo meat” to help reign in roo numbers.
“If we’re going to cull these animals we do it humanely, but we also perhaps should think about what we might use the animals that are killed for,” he said.”We shouldn’t just simply leave them out in paddocks to rot or leave them in the reserves to rot.”
The average city person may not realise it, but roos have become a bit of problem.
The roo population has almost doubled in the last few years and is now getting close to 50 million. Yup, roos now outnumber us about two to one.
It’s not really the roos’ fault and as usual, humans are partly (totally?) to blame. Paton says that our land practices and hunting of roo predators has led to this.
The problem with roos is that tend to overgraze and damage farm property and crops. This can lead to a reduction in biodiversity in a given area.
The problem with killing and eating roos is that they are a national emblem and remind us of Skippy. Also, they’re cute as heck.
You don’t see New Zealanders eating kiwi birds or Americans eating eagles. To be fair, neither of those would be particularly tasty.
According to the Australian Government, “the commercial kangaroo harvest industry in Australia is one of the world’s best practice wild harvest operations, with management goals based firmly on principles of sustainability.”
At present, roo harvesting is approved for four species in four states: Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia.
Although killing and eating roos is the simplest solution, it’s not the only one.
Animal Liberation SA, a not-for-profit organisation against for the protection of animals, believes roos could be controlled through non-lethal means.
There is some talk of sterilisation, but I think that’s a while off, the best way to do it would be to relocate kangaroos,” spokeswoman Sally Sutton told ABC News.