Animal Liberation ACT held a demonstration on 6 June 2013 on the day the 2013 kill was announced by the ACT Government. The demonstration focussed on the 'invisible' suffering of the joeys killed in the annual kangaroo kills. Official kill numbers do not include the numbers of joeys killed when their mothers are shot. Last year, the ACT Government announced that 1,154 kangaroos were killed. Documents obtained by FOI, however, revealed that in addition to those animals, a further 407 joeys were also killed.Joeys killed as part of the Government sanctioned kills are taken from the pouches of their shot mothers and killed by either decapitation or by having their heads smashed against a hard object, as per the prevailing code of practice.
People can express their concern by writing to the following ministers:
o Between 2009 and 2012 up to 3,000 kangaroos have been shot each year in various Canberra Nature Parks. Having large populations of kangaroos killed in the same nature parks repeatedly is of grave ethical and ecological concern for the future conservation of kangaroos in these reserves.
o The soft padded feet and long tail of the kangaroo are integral to the ecological health of the land as they act as regenerators of native grasses.
o Many scientists have put forward alternative views about the effect of kangaroos on their habitat. Kangaroos are in fact an essential part of the Australian environment. Yet kangaroos continue to be wrongly and unfairly blamed for the overgrazing and deforestation caused by increasing urbanisation and introduced livestock.