Economic benefits of the kangaroo industry
The kangaroo industry is widely regarded as an intelligent use of a sustainable resource and is supported by scientists, conservation groups and academics as being a benchmark for a natural resource use model. Through careful and thoughtful management the industry produces high quality meat and leather products for the global market by utilizing the super-abundant kangaroo population.
Road accidents involving kangaroos are becoming a serious public concern. Collision with kangaroos are one of the major causes of road accidents, especially in rural areas. The NRMA recorded approximately 17,748 claims nationally for crashes involving collisions with animals, mostly attributed to kangaroos, The cost of these collision was $15.3 million in 2006, with an average claim amount of $2,260 (Rowden et al 2008). These costs are purely the direct costs of vehicle damage and don’t take into account the impacts of injury and even death to humans from collisions with kangaroos.