8 February 2018
A call for certainty in the kangaroo pet food industry
VICTORIA’S PEAK FARMER BODY says it’s time to fully commercialise the kangaroo pet food trial and provide certainty for the industry.
“Victoria is currently the only Australian state without an approved management plan for commercial kangaroo harvesting and this is the perfect opportunity to provide a sustainable management solution to the problem,” said VFF Livestock President Leonard Vallance.
The kangaroo population has exploded to plague proportions in recent years with the abundant supply of grazing feed and water artificially inflating the natural kangaroo population, with the Federal Department of Environment quoting more than 48 million head in Australia – up from 25 million in 2011.
This has a detrimental impact on not only agriculture but also native flora and fauna, leaving no shelter being provided to animals such as reptiles, birds and insects. The kangaroo pet food industry is a means of managing the kangaroo population at a sustainable and viable level in a regulated environment.
“It’s time for Minister D'Ambrosio to commit to the commercialisation and provide certainty to the people invested in the industry. We’re very concerned about the amount of damage and destruction the kangaroo population is currently presenting to Victorian farming land,” said Mr Vallance.
“This is the best way to reduce the economic and environmental damage caused by excess numbers of kangaroos, create jobs in the meat supply chain, and boost revenue that would be invested back into rural communities at the same time.”
Commercial kangaroo and wallaby harvesting is regulated by state legislation which licences commercial kangaroo and wallaby shooters on the condition that they can only sell carcases of animals that have been treated in accordance with the National Code of Practice.
The VFF also see the benefit of investigating the pet food supply chain for the management of the increasing deer population in Victoria.
Leonard Vallance, VFF Livestock President, 0417 551 547
Sarah Martin, VFF Media Community Officer, 0409 739 121