Support for the kangaroo industry from scientists
Professional Australian ecologists are avid supporters of the kangaroo industry, here are comments from just a few. More details can be read on NRS Brochure Kangaroo.
Australian government’s and scientists have over the past 60 years developed robust and well-regulated management programs for the four most abundant large species of kangaroos. These programs are designed to help keep kangaroo populations from spiralling out of control and presenting a threat to agricultural production and environmental sustainability through excessive grazing pressure.
However, the real importance of the kangaroo harvest to many Australian ecologists is the hope that it can expand to the point where it offers an economic incentive to reduce dependence on environment-damaging, hardhoofed sheep that are degrading Australia’s fragile rangelands and in the gap increase dependence on sustainably-harvested kangaroos that don’t damage the rangelands.
University of New South Wales
University of Sydney
All kangaroo harvesting in Australia is carried out under management programmes developed from long running research into kangaroo population ecology by both university and government researchers. Harvest quotas are set annually based directly on population surveys. Tagging and licensing systems ensure that quotas are not exceeded and the requirement for head shooting addresses animal welfare concerns.
The harvested kangaroo species have increased greatly in number as a consequence of control of their natural predators (dingoes) and the installation of many thousands of artificial watering points, both undertaken to benefit sheep and cattle grazing. Commercial harvesting of kangaroos is therefore an important management tool.
University of Queensland
Leather Research 1966-2005
With over 35 years of monitoring data across large areas and through a number of droughts and high rainfall years indicating no long-term decline in state-wide populations, there is now convincing empirical evidence that kangaroos have been harvested sustainably
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
I am one of many Australian ecologists that propose that kangaroo harvesting should actually expand and not contract, to the point where it offers a real agricultural alternative to grazing of livestock that did not evolve in Australia. We know there are significant environmental benefits in producing from the animals which are adapted to Australian landscapes and climate, rather than exotic introduced animals. Added to this, kangaroos produce far less methane than cattle so that kangaroo harvesting is means of producing low emission meat.
Australian National University