Posts Tagged ‘Kangaroos’

British outraged by kangaroo burgers

June 19, 2008

A British pub has taken kangaroo off its menu after pressure from a radical vegetarian group backed by Sir Paul McCartney.

The Pig and Fiddle in Bath stopped serving roo burgers after being lobbied by Vegetarians International Voice for Animals! (Viva!), which campaigned against the recent roo cull in Canberra.

Viva! has now set its sights on persuading Aussie-themed pubs in the UK to stop serving kangaroo meat and it has already convinced some butchers to stop stocking the product.

British supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Tesco stopped selling roo in the late 1990s after Viva! organised protests and boycotts.

Viva! campaigns manager Justin Kerswell said commercial killing of kangaroos could lead to the national emblem being placed on the endangered list.

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Dingo Urine Offers Humane Solution To Kangaroo Cull

June 17, 2008

Tasmania’s marsupials have been offered a life-line by researchers at Curtin University of Technology’s Department of Environmental Biology utilising cutting edge science involving fresh dingo urine.

Historically, Tasmania’s logging industry has used 1080 poison, shooting and more recently cyanide to control kangaroos and wallabies in areas marked for reforestation, however this method is unselective and kills all wildlife.

Partially synthesised and pelletised by project partner, The Chemistry Centre WA, the dingo urine product repels wild marsupials when spread in areas of new-growth forestation and offers a realistic alternative to lethal baits and shooting.

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Kangaroos Threaten One Of Australia’s Last Remaining Original Grasslands, And Endangered Animals

May 21, 2008

Australian Department of Defence is currently culling hundreds of kangaroos on the outskirts of the capital Canberra that have produced heated discussions and hit international headlines. Australia’s iconic animal has multiplied so much over recent years that Canberra now has three times as many kangaroos as inhabitants. The situation is particularly critical at two enclosed military sites on the outskirts of the city, which form an ideal refuge for the eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus).

The grasslands there are now completely overgrazed – with dramatic consequences for other species. These areas are some of the few natural grasslands in Australia, making them one of the remaining reserves for endangered animal species, like the golden sun moth (Synemon plana) and the grassland earless dragon (Tympanocryptis pinguicolla), one of the world’s rarest lizards. Around 400 of nearly 600 kangaroos at a 200-hectare military site will be killed during the next days with lethal injections after the government ruled out a resettlement programme as too expensive. Resettlement would only relocate the problem.

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Roo ‘saviours’ targeted wrong animals

May 21, 2008

Protesters broke into defence property in a bid to disrupt the controversial cull of more than 400 kangaroos – but targeted the wrong animals.

Instead of stopping the cull they frightened and agitated a group of kangaroos which had been sedated and were due for release from a fertility trial, defence said.

Culling resumed this afternoon after an estimated 40 eastern grey kangaroos were put down by defence contractors yesterday.

The roos are being gathered in a pen at the former naval communications property at Lawson, in northern Canberra, then moved into an enclosed area where they are put down.

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Artistic animals provide zoos an untapped source of revenue

April 8, 2008

You might not be able to afford a Picasso, a Van Gogh or a Monet — but for $30 you can own your very own painting by Brittany the elephant.

She’s a resident at the Milwaukee County Zoo, where trainers encourage her to paint as a way to keep her mentally stimulated. She holds a paintbrush in her truck and slaps it at the canvas.

Zoo trainers across the country have been teaching animals to paint for years. Artists include monkeys, kangaroos, pandas and even a rhinoceros.

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