How the Kangaroo Industry Works:









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Every year the National Parks Authorities in each State conduct surveys of the kangaroo population by flying over large samples of the rangelands at low levels and counting the numbers of kangaroos. After 20 years of such monitoring the techniques have been refined to produce very accurate indicators of total populations and trends in populations numbers.

When they know what effect seasonal conditions are having on the population they set a sustainable quota for the number of kangaroos which can be taken in that year. This is typically only 15-20% of the total population.

The Government then issues plastic tags which must be purchased by harvesters and fixed to any kangaroo they take. Only kangaroos with these tags will be processed at the processing plants. This is strictly monitored by Government to ensure that no more kangaroos are taken than is allowed.

All kangaroo harvesters must be licensed by the Government and pass a Government approved course which instructs them in aspects such as the laws controlling kangaroo harvesting, meat hygiene and animal welfare. In addition their harvest equipment must be approved by a Government inspector to ensure it is of the right standards. The RSPCA has described Kangaroo harvesting as "one of the most humane methods of animal slaughter possible".

After harvesting the kangaroos are taken to approved processing premise where they are skinned and boned out to a range of products. All this happens under the supervision of government approved inspectors who ensure meat hygiene standards and disease control is the same, if not better than for domestic animals.

Kangaroo are a remarkably healthy animal, they carry very few of the diseases commonly carried by domestic animals. This makes sense since if a wild animal gets sick it will generally die, if a domestic animal gets sick we treat it thereby maintaining the disease in the population. For example rejection rates for disease conditions identified by inspectors when animals are processed are only 0.7%, this is about half to one-third of what is usually rejected for cattle and sheep.

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