Europeans accuse Australians of kangaroo cruelty
European do-gooders, concerned at the "cruelty" of kangaroo culling, are creating a ruckus in hope that the importation of all kangaroo products will be banned. Of particular concern is kangaroo shooters' favourite amusement, joey stomping:
When adult animals are killed, leaving defenceless young to fend for themselves, they are brutally killed with a boot to the head or a lead pipe brought down on them; how can this be humane?
Surely a quickly flattened skull in the wild would be a better death than being herded into a factory where the throat is slit as is halal and kosher practice. On the other hand, perhaps it's assumed that Australians are inherently cruel and actually relish head-stomping defenseless baby animals.
Regardless, kangaroo shooting (the sole means of harvest) is tightly regulated and has been closely scrutinised by the RSPCA, with the vast majority of the animals found to have been dispatched with a single shot to the head. Some have their doubts, however:
Every kill must be a head shot and when animals are skinned in the bush, no one checks. Killed animals are delivered to processing plants headless, so how can these kills be confirmed as correct?
Well you see, if the roo wasn't shot in the head, it was shot in the body, with entry and exit wounds clearly visible. Duh.
Celebrities are, of course, jumping on the do-gooder bandwagon:
Dame Judi Dench said: ''As a lover of animals and their welfare I am pleased to add my name to the many others across the world who are supporting this very worthwhile campaign. Cruelty to any animal is barbarism and killing a joey after killing the mother is totally unacceptable.''
It is widely accepted that there is no shortage of kangaroos in Australia, modern farming providing both food and water that would otherwise be unavailable, thus contributing to the growth of kangroo populations. Harvesting is conducted only on marginally productive land, however, the aim being to keep numbers down so that the land is not overgrazed, which would lead to large numbers of roos dying of starvation. Even if not perfectly humane in every case, roo shooting is still more humane than nature's population control measures, which more often than not result in a slow and painful death.
Europeans would do well to shift their attention to Norwegian whaling which involves super-intelligent animals being shot in the head with exploding harpoons; not all of these animals die quickly and painlessly, of course. Hypocrites.