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1. DON'T ALLOW VICTORIA TO BECOME A KILLING FIELD FOR KANGAROOS

In early September this year the South Grampians Shire touted the idea of making use (pet food) of the carcasses of Kangaroos which had been shot under a Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) liberal distribution of Authority To Control Wildlife (ATCW) permits.

The number of Kangaroos shot under an ATCW each year is anything from 15,000 - 30,000. Is it just a coincidence that when Victoria had a commercial industry the take was around 30,000 a year and there were no ATCW's?

The idea of the South Grampians Shire has recently been given backing by the Municipals Association of Victoria (MAV) who will lobby the Government on behalf of all Victorian Municipalities to have this plan implemented.

Recently it was revealed that the Baillieu Government is planning to take this idea much further and is currently undertaking research into the regulatory systems governing the taking of Kangaroos in the wild, in other words, the slaughter of Kangaroos for commercial purposes.

The commercial slaughter of Kangaroos was banned in 1982 by the Cain Government but it's reintroduction was raised again in 2002 when the Bracks Government presided and was fully investigated by the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee of Parliament (ENRC).

ENRC recommended that the development of an industry based on the harvest of wild Kangaroos should not be supported in Victoria. The Government decided no further assessment should be made as the matter was previously the subject of a detailed study that had shown the industry to be economically unviable.

Since then it has been Government policy not to support a commercial harvest of Kangaroos based on:
* Low densities of Kangaroos in Victoria.
* The cost of administrative checks and balances.
* Strong opposition from sectors of the community.
Victoria's terrain and vegetation cover makes accurate counting of Kangaroos very difficult and consequently nobody knows how many Kangaroos there are in Victoria.

Past Victorian Governments believed a commercial Kangaroo industry in Victoria was unviable and the Baillieu Government must be stopped from re-introducing this deplorable industry.

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2. Stop Kangaroo Meatworks

The South Grampians Shire Council (Australia) is now requesting the Victorian Minister for Agriculture to approve construction of a kangaroo processing facility (meatworks) in their vicinity to dispose of kangaroos shot under a permit system. This proposed meatworks will inevitably create a demand for thousands more kangaroos to be killed than are presently permitted.

We oppose this initiative. Not only does it threaten the decimation of the kangaroo population in the South Western area of Victoria; it will bring world wide condemnation of your Council. The Grampians are known nationally and internationally as a tourist Mecca where people throughout the world can visit and view native wildlife in their natural surroundings - not as a killing field.

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3. Stop kangaroo Killings!

Late at night while peacefully grazing, thousands of kangaroos are faced with the threat of being hunted for their meat or skins.

These quiet herbivorous creatures which are an important part of the Australian ecosystem and have become part of Australia’s huge landscape for thousands of years are brutally killed for nothing other than profit. The killing of kangaroos has been described as the largest global massacre of wildlife in the world. The largest killing is taking place right here in Australia right now!

Millions of kangaroos are killed each year in Australia for their meat or skin as I mentioned before. The slaughter occurs in the most brutal way, most of the time, the kangaroos are still alive after they’ve been shot, and are dragged through the dirt in such awful pain and hung up by their feet. Kangaroos are not the only ones who get affected by this slaughter, so do the joeys. If the joeys are left in their mothers pouch, the killers rip it out by its delicate legs, and throw it on the ground, violently stomping on their heads and bodies just like a kid would do to a bug leaving their bodies crushed with pain. If the Joey isn’t stomped on, the killer just tosses the baby Joey onto the ground, so that any predator, whether it’s ants or dogs, can eat it alive. The orphaned older Joeys that don’t end up dying, are either killed completely, or sold into the cruel wildlife pet trade to spend the rest of their lives in cages as “entertainment”.

The scene is repeated all night long. Older joeys may hop away when their mothers are shot as the Joey dies a slow and lonely death from cold or starvation. This is the reality of kangaroo killing. But the killing continues.

The shooters are supposed to legally wound the kangaroo by a single shot to the head to avoid suffering, many kangaroos are shot in the jaw, neck, or chest, which causes enormous suffering. The pouch dependant joeys are ripped from their dead mothers pouch and either hit over the head with a metal pipe - a practice that is considered acceptable by the Australian government.

The Kangaroo has been a part of Australian history long before European settlement; it is seen on the Australian coat of arms, the fifty cent and one dollar coins and is the mascot of Australia’s largest Airline Qantas – However, the Australian government still allows the slaughter of several million kangaroos a year. The dead bodies of these beautiful animals are exported all over the world. Australia exports approximately 3 million kangaroo skins each year – mainly to Europe and the USA. Kangaroo skins are used to make handbags, wallets, sports gloves and mitts, golf bags, shoes (including athletic football boots and cycling shoes) coin purses, beer can holders, and other ridiculous products.

Lots of rumours go around about the kangaroos but most of them are just lies and reasons to shoot these innocent kangaroos and just so the government gets his way with money. But what is written below is no lie and is proven.

Myth - Kangaroos destroy wheat crops
A four year study by CSIRO(Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation) found that 95 per cent of wheat crops are never visited by kangaroos. Yet farmers and the Australian government still refer to kangaroos as pests. "Pests is an emotive word. It conjures up visions of animals destroying crops. I can think of no situations where this is likely to be true for kangaroos." (Dr. Graham Arnold, CSIRO) In fact, commercial killing takes place in the outback where crops are never grown.

Myth - Kangaroos compete with sheep for grazing
A six-year study by Dr Steven McLeod (NSW Agriculture) - the biggest ever undertaken - examined whether red kangaroos affected sheep farming. It found that there was no competition for food between sheep and red kangaroos and that the presence of kangaroos had no negative impact on the number of lambs born to the flock, nor their size.

Myth - Killing kangaroos helps preserve them
The kangaroo massacre destroys the process of natural selection. The repeated targeting of the 'alpha' males, the largest and fittest animals (who provide the industry with the big skins they want), means younger, smaller animals are left to breed, weakening the gene pool. "This has the potential to cause the extinction of a number of species". (Dr Ian Gunn, Animal Gene Storage Resource Centre of Australia.) Australia has the worst wildlife record in the world - six species of kangaroos extinct, four more extinct on the Australian mainland, 17 species endangered or vulnerable.

Myth - The killing is strictly controlled
No one monitors, let alone controls, the killing in the field. Kangaroos are shot at night in the vast outback, far away from public scrutiny. The Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos, which hunters are supposed to adhere to, is a guideline document, not a law, and is not even linked to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. In order to obtain a licence to kill kangaroos commercially, all hunters have to do is read the Code, 'understand' it, and pass a one-day marksmanship course. "Shooters often have a thorough contempt for the law. They commit cruelty on a regular basis." (Dr John Auty, veterinary scientist and former Chief Agronomist).

Myth - Kangaroos are killed to save the environment
Kangaroos are an integral part of Australia's environment. They have evolved to live in harmony with the fragile landscape and often hostile weather conditions. Destruction of the environment comes from 160 million hard-hoofed sheep and cattle.

Myth - Kangaroos are in plague proportions
Kangaroos have never been a plague. They have been wiped out in many regions. In others, their numbers build up in order to withstand the regular droughts which wipe out half the population. Kill quotas for 2001 were 5.5 million, for 2002 7 million and for 2003 6.5million (the figure has decreased only because the government has had to acknowledge the sheer number of kangaroos who are dying in the drought that Australia is currently in the midst of). The official quota ignores joeys, road deaths, illegal and non-commercial kills. This annual death toll could amount to 10 million - a patently unsustainable figure.

Fact - The kangaroo industry exists in its own right - to make money by slaughtering the animals for their meat and skins. The meat and leather is promoted and marketed around the world to earn valuable foreign currency. Having built an industry with political clout, self interest will ensure it carries on killing, whatever its impact on kangaroos.

- Ways you can help:
Show your support to encourage people to let these poor kangaroos into their natural habitat in Australia and not rotting on the ground or even in boxing rings! And the best way to help is not to purchase any kangaroo meat or leather. And finally, demand an end to the biggest massacre of wild animals in the world.

No animals, whether human or beast should be forced to live a life they don’t want to live, or killed for selfish reasons. We should be sharing our resources and learning to live in harmony, not destroying the original inhabitants because we selfishly want the land for our own purposes and it just isn’t funny, imagine how scared they must be, all the noise and pain, we need to stand up and say this is not right, this is cruelty to Kangaroos, and remember this, animals have feelings too.

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4. Adidas Stop Using Kangaroo Leather

Australia has the LARGEST killing of any land animal. The kangaroo is a NATIVE species, which is a symbol on our national coat of arms.

In 2009 the quota of kangaroos to be shot was just under 4 million. This does NOT include at-foot or in-pouch joeys that are killed by blows to the head by shooters.

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5. Rocky 'HORROR' Show Circus - Bring OUR Kangaroos Home

BorderFest a US festival in Hidalgo, Texas, is allowing the perfomance of a show twice a day that perpetuates acts upon Australia’s National Icon our Red Kangaroo that in the opinion of most Australians is disgusting and cruel, and carried out in a pathetic attempt to celebrate all things Australian.

Festival sponsors include Kraft and Pepsi and the festival website has a Tourism Australia logo and link.

The "Rocky Horror Show Circus" runs at least twice a day involving two kangaroos and their owner Javier Martinez, who dresses up as a clown.

Martinez constantly teases the kangaroos by pushing at them and repeatedly punching them in the head before placing them in a headlock.

If Rocky tries to fend off Martinez's blows, Mr Martinez's wife Sandra pulls sharply and heavily on a tethered harness around the animal's chest in a way which is likely to cause the kangaroo even more pain, stress and trauma.

To the majority of the humane race this is not entertainment; but blatant animal cruelty with no care for the welfare of the kangaroos involved.

Martinez has been using our National Icon in his perverse shows for years.
How many kangaroos have died under Martinez's "care"? We know of at least 2.
How many more have to die a senseless degrading death?
How many sponsors just turn a blind eye without a single thought or care for the individual animals concerned and the pain and torment they experience?

Even if this festival bans the show Martinez can still perform it elsewhere.


Kangaroos are highly intelligent, extremely sensitive, family orientated animals. It is not natural for them to be forced to perform acts of aggression day in and day out to entertain sick individuals with a perverse sense of what they think is “entertainment”.

We are living in the year 2010 this barbaric scenario is totally UNACCEPTABLE.

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6. Stop Australia's Wildlife Slaughter

In regard to wildlife, contemporary science is underwritten with an ideology which believes in the commodification and management of nature. It follows on from the notion of Aristotle and some religions, that animals exist only to provide humans with food and clothing. This perspective has no place in the 21st Century, especially in the context of the unprecedented ecological crisis. This outdated attitude has negative consequences not only for wild life, but for the quality of life of humanity.

The ideology denies the intrinsic worth of animals. It conceives them merely as objects to be managed, utilised, exploited, tortured, or killed. This attitude is so deep seated and widespread, so embedded in Western civilisation that few scientists have challenged the belief and its methodology. Thus a myth is propagated: that humanity is separate and superior to other animals and nature.

Current scientism is still burdened by the neo-Cartesian notion that animals are more machine-like than consciously aware. This attitude, popularised, makes killing easy, as evidenced by the alarming loss of wildlife worldwide.

12, 259 species around the world are now threatened with extinction including 1,324 Australian species (WWF Australia, 2009). Australia has “the worst rate of mammal extinction in the world”, and the dubious honour of being accountable for “almost 40 per cent of mammal extinctions globally in the last 200 years” (WWF, 2008). For example, on August 1927, in Queensland alone, 800,000 or more koalas were killed. Most Australians now only see a koala in zoos (Fowler, 1993). Currently, many kangaroos such as the Eastern Grey, Euros and red kangaroo are also thought to be over-abundant and around 10,000 per night are killed by commercial hunters. These numbers do not include those killed through government sanctioned culls or death through other means (bush fires and road kill). In NSW alone “more than 104 million native mammals, birds and reptiles have died or will die as a result of clearing native vegetation approved…between 1998 and 2005” (WWF, 2008). Current scientism is incapable of ‘managing’ the environment because of its anthropocentric (human-centred) utilitarian approach.

VOICES FOR CHANGE
In the last thirty years there has been a global coalescence of thought that heralds a new paradigm in our approach to wildlife and our natural environment. The late Val Plumwood, an eminent Australian intellectual, has stated that an outdated form of rationalism views ‘nature to be a passive field for human endeavour’ a manageable order ‘that has no agency or autonomy of its own and imposes no real constraints on us’. She argues that nature has been turned into a commodity for us to buy, sell or consume as we please. There is ‘a deep gulf between those who can own and those who can be owned and exchanged as property, a division of the world into human and non-human...’ (Plumwood, 2002).

SUMMARY
We look toward the development of a new outlook which denies the belief that wildlife and nature exist to be exploited, managed and consumed. Continuing to embrace outmoded paradigms and practices which are devoid of compassion will ultimately lead to a further loss of species, degradation of the environment, and an increase in the suffering of human beings.

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7. Stop The Kangaroo Cull

A controversial cull of hundreds of kangaroos at a defence site in Canberra has begun, despite the pleas of animal welfare activists for it to be called off.

Dozens of kangaroos today were herded into pens before disappearing behind hessian screens, where some were apparently euthanized.

Despite no official confirmation of the cull, witnesses at the site said the tranquillising and killing of the animals had begun.

The stop-start cull of about 400 eastern grey kangaroos on the former naval site in suburban Belconnen has attracted international media attention.

The Department of Defence says the cull is necessary to protect native grasslands and threatened species, and avoid starvation among the kangaroos.

The planned method of slaughter is to tranquillise the animals with the use of darts and then kill them with a lethal injection.

Onlookers said they saw animals being herded into a fenced-off pen and a covered trailer was seen arriving and departing the area.

A nearby worker, Stewart Darville, told AAP he believed "eight or nine" of the animals had been killed by early afternoon.

He and other onlookers said kangaroos were being moved in lots of about half a dozen into an secondary pen surrounded by hessian material.

AAP witnessed at least three jump the nearly three-metre-high fence around the area where the animals were to be darted.

Another roo, which possibly escaped after being darted, was seen lying lifeless on the ground.

I may be only 16 but killing off hundreds of animals because someone can't be bothered paying OUR tax money to simply re-locate them is completely just idiotic and frustrating.

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8. Moratorium urgently needed: Kangaroos heading for Extinction

After investigating the state government data pertaining to kangaroo densities across the Kangaroo Management Zones, it has been found that kangaroos are now 'quasi extinct' across most of NSW, South Australia and Queensland. 'Quasi extinction' refers to population densities of less than five kangaroos per square kilometre and has been defined by the Murray Darling Report as 'the nominal value of kangaroo densities taken to be the effective loss of the species.'

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The Murray Darling Report is a document published by the Murray Darling Commission, written by government and independent scientists and titled 'Kangaroo Options in the Murray Darling Basin.' The report says, 'Strategies that produce average densities of less than five kangaroos per square kilometre would result in minimum densities of less than two kangaroos per square kilometre and could be considered a threat to species conservation.'

Further interpretation of state government data from New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia shows kangaroo densities that are now less than two kangaroos per square kilometre across more than 50% of these states. The Murray Darling Report states, 'Critical minimum densities of less than two kangaroos per square kilometre would generally be considered at risk of extinction.'

In regard to the future of the kangaroo industry, the Murray Darling Report said, 'Reduction of kangaroo densities to less than five per square kilometre over large areas would result in the demise of the kangaroo industry.'

Government statistics also show that the average weight of kangaroos killed in South Australia and Queensland is only 21 kilograms i.e. juveniles aged about two years, the males of whom are not even at reproductive age and females, most barely at breeding age. In South Australia 50% of kangaroos killed are females in half the state which by itself puts kangaroos at risk of extinction.

With one third of Australian native mammals having been driven to extinction since the first settlers arrived just over 200 years ago, we cannot afford to imperil the existence of kangaroos who are the world's second most recognised tourist symbol. An $85 billion tourist industry is not worth sacrificing for a $200 million kangaroo industry. Kangaroos are worth far more alive than dead. Blinded by short-term profits, certain industries could be responsible for the extinction of our kangaroos and in fact that is already starting to happen.

It is imperative that we implement a moratorium on commercial and non-commercial killing of kangaroos immediately for the sake of our country, our tourist industry, our economy, our environment, our reputation, and most importantly, our world-famous icon.



For more information go to http://www.stopkangarookilling.org http://www.australiansocietyforkangaroos.com
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/history/animalwelfare_ctte/kangaroos/11minrep.pdf

SPONSORS:
Nikki Sutterby, Coordinator, Australian Society for Kangaroos, E: australiansocietyforkangaroos@gmail.com
P: 0417354408

Pat OBrien, Coordinator, Wildlife Protection Association Australia, and the Kangaroo Protection Coalition
pat@wildlifeprotectaust.org.au, P: 0408711344

Fiona Corke, Campaign Coordinator, Kangaroo Defenders P: 0410745793

Professor Steve Garlick PhD, FAUCEA
Professor, Regional Engagement, University of the Sunshine Coast (Qld), Vice President, AUCEA, Advisor, IMHE/OECD, Member, St James Ethics Centre,
P: 0428 880 564, E: sgarlick@msn.com.au

Dr Mark Drummond, Mathematics and Statistics Teacher
phone 02 6255 0772, email markld@ozemail.com.au

Maryland Wilson, President, Australian Wildlife Protection Council Inc, Kindness House, Suite 18, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Coalition for Wildlife Corridors
P: 0417 148 501, E: kangaroo@peninsula.hotkey.net.au
web site: www.awpc.org.au

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9. Reinstate Our ACT Kangaroos onto The Rehabilitation Licence

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO HELP REINSTATE THE FULL TERM REHABILITATION OF OUR ACT SICK, INJURED, ORPHANED NATIVE EASTERN GREY KANGAROOS (EGK's), onto the ACT Rehabilitation Carers Licence. Please send the word around, post this petition onto your website, and send it to everyone else you know, and your mailing list.

Kangaroo meeting with Maxine Cooper, Commissioner of Sustainability and Environment, in her office on Thursday 14/10/10, that included discussions on full term rehabilitation for sick, injured, orphaned native Eastern Grey Kangaroos, which Maxine's dept is investigating.

Nora Preston has requested that a new expert advisory committee be David Croft, Nora Preston, Dror Ben-Ami, Daniel Ramp, Keely Boom, to replace all the unqualified non expert advisory committees.

Media release on 23/4/07 www.kangaroo-protection-coalition.com/kangaroo-archives25.html.

These animals mentioned below are all dead, however, the fight still goes on, to turn the site into Wildlife Carers Group proposed city Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, in tribute to the kangaroos that were needlessly tortured to death, under the rspca's watchful eyes, who then inappropriately claimed that this massacre was humane.

PLEASE sign our other petition as well on http://gopetition.com/petitions/save-all-the-kangaroos.html to save ALL the Eastern Grey Kangaroos on the Lawson Defence site (BNTS) from relocation and death, and turn the site into a Kangaroo Park/Wildlife Sanctuary with educational facilities, wildlife hospital, rehabilitation enclosures, etc. Media releases on 13 May 2007, http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/news/local/general/plan-for-three-days-of-death/584324.html, 14 May 2007, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/14/world/main2799551.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_2799551, 20 May 2007, http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200705/s1927723.htm, http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=452929, http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/printer_1309191.php, 25 May 2007, http://www.abcscience.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/07/2182771.htm, 7 March 2008.

These kangaroos have suffered enough and will not survive any relocation, which will cause acts of animal cruelty with this type of research, they must be left alone on the site where they have lived safely for their entire lives.

Nora Preston, The Founder/President of WCG - Wildlife Carers Group http://wcg.awardspace.com began rehabilitating wildlife in the early '80's.

ACT EGK's were rehabilitated in carers back yards, with their fences extended, to prevent them from escaping.

Our ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Eastern Grey Kangaroos were removed off our rehabilitation licence in mid 1980's, to prevent us from rehabilitating our sick, injured, orphaned NATIVE Eastern Grey Kangaroos, (EGK's) claiming, that our EGK's were not native to the ACT.

In 2005, Nora Preston, President and Founder of Wildlife Carers Group, (WCG) applied for and was issued with a licence by TAMS (Territory and Municipal Services), with a Rehabilitation Carers Licence, to rehabilitate sick, injured, orphaned native animals/wildlife.

Nora Preston contacted the Licensing Officer and the Local Chief Minister Jon Stanhope of the Labor Party, and pointed out to them that our Native EGK's were indeed native to the ACT, that the licence was incorrect and needed to be amended, and to include the full term rehabilitation of our Native EGK's.

Nora Preston - WCG, received A formal letter from both Jon Stanhope and the Licensing Officer at that time, from tams, apologising for the error, and amended the licence, however, only amended rehabilitation for 48 hours, instead of the required full term rehabilitation, and then want the healthy animals destroyed.

Failing to amend the Rehabilitation Licence to full term rehabilitation of our sick, injured, orphaned EGK's, allows acts of cruelty, inhumanely and unnecessarily killing/destroying EGK's that are healthy, and have every prospect of a successful rehabilitation.

This ACT licence is being governed under an old 1996 report.

Furthermore, Research has been cruel by TAMS, with Bromocriptine fertility research, which is an oral administration, suppressing the milk from the joey, slowly starving it to death, page 64/65 in Report 3, or cruelly ripping the joey from it's mothers pouch, causing bleeding of the mouth, with further hemorrhaging, injuries, and death. The 1996 ACT Kangaroo Advisory Council 3 Reports are on www.tams.act.gov.au/live/environment/local_wildlife/kangaroo_information/actkangarooadvisorycommitteereports

These are all acts of cruelty, therefore in breach of the animal welfare act, and will have to stop.

This report will show how out of date the current advisory council is, working off a report, reported in August 1996, however, Report 1, page 5/6, that was stating a report in late 1994, also recommended that the culling must stop, because they 'were over culling our native kangaroos', and yet, the wildlife rehabilitation licence was never updated to include full term rehabilitation of sick, injured, orphaned native Eastern Grey Kangaroos to allow the recovery of the EGK's population, which has continued to rapidly decline.

Report 2, page 5, first paragraph, then contradicts Report 1, claiming that 'this licence specifically excludes Eastern Grey Kangaroos because of their abundance in the ACT', which is describing the Rehabilitation licence.

The ACT is the only state in Australia that cruelly prevents the full term rehabilitation of our sick, injured, orphaned Native EGK's.

The advisory council is made up of the kangaroo commercial industry, farmers, rspca, (who categorise our native EGK's as feral on their website, and insist on cruel killing, then claim that the inhumane killings are humane) etc, all who have a serious conflict of interest with kangaroos, and want them to be driven to extinction, with the mentality that 'wildlife can't live amongst humans' which was quoted to Nora Preston by the head ranger of TAMS, and the local government who was in charge of the environment file at the time, with absolutely no regard to the destruction they were causing to our environment, conservation of, or the animal rights and welfare.

It is time to put the environment, conservation of, and wildlife first, to be educated, come back into this century, civilisation, and start acting like civilised, educated people.

For animal welfare reasons, the Rehabilitation licence must be amended and to reinstate the full term rehabilitation of sick, injured, orphaned Native EGK's.

To prevent road kills, the shooroo needs to be modified, so that it can be activated in the vehicles, when travelling at any speed.

Saving and Caring for our Environment, Conservation, and all of our Native Wildlife.

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10. Save ALL the Kangaroos

URGENT - CANBERRA/ACT KANGAROOS NEED YOUR HELP - Please sign this petition as individuals, and send to everyone else, if you have a website, please add this petition's link to it.

Please check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and facebook for horrific photos of roo cruelty, this is the reality, and please follow us, and join us on twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg, http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l.

UPDATE: Our native roos were again being slaughtered in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

To see the full report please click or copy and paste on this link into your browser: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/protected-native-violent-kangaroo-killing-in-the-act-7-june-2012/ and the Canberra Times Poll that shows only a small minority support the government killing: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/canberra-times-final-kangaroo-killing-poll-results-closed-25512/

The ACT government only give notice late in the day, the day before the killing is to commence, to disallow any defence to be prepared to stop the kill of innocent native animals.

ANIMAL WELFARE - Please copy and paste links below, to kangaroo cruelty into your browser, to view the horror. Kangaroos are killed in an extremely inhumane manner. Legally kangaroos killed are required to be killed by a single shot to the brain. there are instances where kangaroos are not killed in this manner. As a result, the kangaroo is shot agonisingly in the jaw, neck or the body, flees in response and will suffer a prolonged and painful death.

These joeys are killed often by shooters smashing them into the ground, against tow bars of cars or with a metal pipe or other blunt instrument. Alternatively, when not caught, an out of pouch joey will be left to fend for itself and will generally die of predation, starvation or dehydration.This is not to mention the stress suffered by kangaroos from hearing shots being fired and from being chased down by shooters.

Please check out This link 'KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION' from animal liberation which wildlife warriors also have the same link to on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18MoxO9yJa8&feature=related that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos shot but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

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This product cannot be over used, since vegetation/native flora is there for our native wildlife to consume. If over used the kangaroos will starve to death.

No evidence to support that this cull is necessary.

No documented evidence to support this cull.

No figures of population of roos.

No evidence of documented damage.

In this article, Nora Preston interviewed on 15/4/10, www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan.../comment-page-1/ don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact'native grasses' are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that "the biggest 'contributor' to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)".

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson's media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I've been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx

The kangaroo management plan is conjunctional, and not based on any scientific facts.

The only objects that are causing the destruction of grasslands, woodlands, threatened species and ecosystems are tams staff and their shooters, and the government that fails to listen to the experts, and end this inhumane, unnecessary practise.

Claiming to murder 3,427 kangaroos, on the same sites as last year, the tams department are yet to prove that this population exists, since they do not count them.

The unnecessary kangaroo cull cannot take place before Maxine cooper's investigations with Wildlife Carers Group and 3 ecologists who are experts with kangaroos and the environment, is finalised.

It is extremely important that you order the cull to stop immediately, until the facts are exposed and the kangaroo management plan is amended, removing all the false allegations against kangaroos causing damage to the environment, for which there is absolutely no scientific evidence or fact for.

Wildlife Carers Group meeting with Maxine Cooper last year, that Nora Preston attended with Dror Ben-Ami, Daniel Ramp, and David Croft, ecologists and experts in kangaroos and the environment, David Croft repeated Nora's constant warnings to stop killing the kangaroos in the ACT, to leave them alone, before they are driven to extinction.

Wildlife Carers Group have personally been warning the ACT Government, and their lack of care/rehabilitation of the Eastern Greys, over culling, driving them to extinction, that would lead to legal action, under the animal welfare act, since 2005.

There are no grounds for this cull to go ahead, other than a destructive department's staff, who have no knowledge or expertise in kangaroos, or the environment.

This department have not, and never do, count the kangaroos, Wildlife Carers Group do.

Wildlife Carers Group have therefore repeatedly requested that all applications to kill wildlife be handed over to Wildlife Carers Group, to be investigated, before any cull licences/permits are issued, and further that a $2000 fee be charged for applying to kill a native animal.

We look forward to you ordering the required changes, stopping this unnecessary cull, and handing over the application to cull to Wildlife Carers Group to investigate.

The tams department, hands out permits to cull to private land owners as well as culling our native kangaroos themselves, and have thoroughly depleted our population. The department has to be stopped from handing out any further permits to cull to private land owners as well.

You need to be made aware, that our native kangaroos maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system with the loss of any single species causing serious ramifications throughout the Eco system.

Without the kangaroos gentle grazing, the areas turn into a dust bowl, vegetation dies, this is scientifically proven.

Kangaroos are soft footed, and cause no damage to the environment, and do not cause any loss to any other species, the loss to any species is caused by tams and their advisers who should have been sacked in 2005.

They provide natural fertilisation to the vegetation.

Taxpayers are not prepared to pay for the killing of protected native Kangaroos, or continue to pay wages for the unqualified advisory committee.

The money is there to save our native wildlife and their habitat, without committing death or acts of animal cruelty.

the chronicle, page 7, 7/6/11, article 'cull aims to control roos', by Meredith Clisby.

Firstly the strict code of practise was not endorsed by authorities that have expertise and knowledge, and who care. The code of practice is inhumane, and not acceptable, as seen in http://wcg.awardspace.com.

This article is a very biased article, only giving one side, failing to point out the legalities, and the facts.

The article further writes what Sarah Hnatiuk said who is coordinator of Friends of Mount Painter Park Care Group.

This person is not qualified to make statements on who caused bald patches, on Mount Painter, and we can state that the kangaroos did not cause them.

When we staked out mt painter, we saw horses in there, tams in their 4wd's driving around like hoons, shooters disturbing the area, also allowed to drive around, that also trail bikes enter and ride around in.

This was confirmed again on 9/6/11 when tams and the shooters were seen driving through the gates of Mt Painter, and upto the top of the hill.

We are seeing the problems with our native kangaroos, with the government listening to the unqualified, people who for some reason hate kangaroos, instead of working with the experts. Native roos maintain a healthy well balanced eco system, with the loss of any single species causing serious ramifications throughout our ecosystem.

This is how your taxpayers money is being wasted.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Meeting on Kangaroos, held on Thursday 14/10/10 with Maxine Cooper, Commissioner of Sustainability and Environment, (now the former Commissioner) (in Maxine's office) Nora Preston, 3 interstate ecologists, and their own legal advisor. Wildlife Carers Group's Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary cost is being investigated, along with Wildlife Rehabilitation Licence that excludes full term rehabilitation for sick, injured, orphaned native Eastern Grey Kangaroos. Nora Preston had David Croft from Darwin, included in this meeting through telephone conference, while the rest of us were personally in attendance. David Croft also advised to stop killing the kangaroos, and to stop the land development in the ACT.

We were asked to comment on the current fictional, conjunctional Kangaroo Management Plan, using references.

Nora has recommended a new expert advisory committee, David Croft, Nora Preston, Dror Ben-Ami, Daniel Ramp, Keely Boom, to replace all the current unqualified non'expert' advisory committees.

All the senseless killings in the past 3 years were raised, tams research, and animal welfare.

Kangaroo Management Plan FLAWED.

More recently, a media interview 15/4/10, that shows that the government kangaroo management plan is seriously flawed, with the government ignoring expert advice.

Further to this interview, that took place on 15/4/10, www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan.../comment-page-1/ . You can leave a comment on this link.

Clearly only the unqualified believe that the kangaroo management plan is well thought out, and that the culling needs to continue.

The problems with continued false reports/statements sent to the media, and injected into the kangaroo management plan, need to be rectified, and amended, that is flawed, dishonest, and immoral.

The government needs to make necessary changes and start taking advice only from those with expertise and knowledge in these areas.

Continuing to allow unqualified advisers to make important decisions about our kangaroos, wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation licences, is a serious breach of animal welfare, is causing more harm than good, and contributing to climate change.

There is plenty of native grasses for these reptiles to survive in.

After doing the UC interview, I was invited to attend the grasslands workshop last month, 20 May 2010, held at CSIRO in Gungahlin, where fletcher was also present, and was one of the speakers.

He once again got up, showed google photos of deteriorated grasslands, and once again, falsely accused the kangaroos of causing this destruction, attempting to outrage the audience, and cause unwarranted ill feelings towards the innocent macropods.

I corrected this deliberate erroneous attack on the kangaroos and false statement.

This bounty on kangaroos, false media releases, false statements at workshops, meetings, seminars etc, need to stop against the kangaroos, and so does the inhumane killing.

Wildlife Carers Group has been fighting to have the licence amended since 2005.

Mother nature is not forgiving in the destruction of the land, stripping her of all her natural nutrients, that includes kangaroos, other wildlife and wildlife habitat.

The fact is that the Australian government is driving our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos to extinction, with deliberate false media releases, false kangaroo management plans, and false reports.

You should also know that wildlife is not fit for pet or human consumption, spreading diseases, bacterial, etc, and that government approved shooters are not concerned about the animals welfare, hygiene, and whether or not the meat is suitable for pet or human consumption, and the fact that they are driving our native wildlife to extinction, they are only in it for greed, for the money.

We urge you to cancel all wildlife products from Australia, and boycott this country's products. Please urge this country to cease killing/harvesting our wildlife, to prevent them from driving our valuable native wildlife to extinction.

No matter what this government writes on paper, which is flawed, they will attempt to convince you, that the shooters/harvesters are humane, because of the kangaroo management plan, and are government authorised, no one polices (supervises) the shooters, and they continue to commit acts of animal cruelty, as you can witness on the youtube links.

In early May 2009, majura defence firing site unnecessarily commenced torturing our native kangaroos to death, once again using inexperienced security guards, using the roos for target practice, with acts of animal cruelty being reported to Wildlife Carers Group.

Since Wildlife Carers Group had not counted the kangaroos, the population is unknown, therefore the population of over 3,000 they claim that they have killed in such a short time is unbelievable.

NSW Animal Liberation (AL) served defence with a court injunction, and stopped the kill. June 2, 3 ,4, 5 was spent in court that Wildlife Carers Group/I personally attended for 4 full days. The conservator of flora and fauna/ACT government responded to the court injunction. Defence withdrew on the first day of the hearing, successfully spending the day arguing why they should be allowed to withdraw, and yet still be allowed to argue for conservator of flora and fauna in their defence.

Unfortunately NSW AL lost the court case. The tribunal erred when they failed to record and note the evidence heard in court by tams, that the damage caused within the fenced area was due to defence and occasionally tams staff, entering the area to unnecessarily herd the roos out 2 or 3 times a week, which deteriorated and caused the unsightly damage to the area.

We are still fighting to stop development on the bnts site, and to turn this site into the Wildlife Carers Group proposed Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in tribute to the kangaroos who were inhumanely tortured to death on this site.

After the defence/majura site 2009 unnecessary cruel slaughter of the roos, The ACT government then went ahead and tortured the kangaroos to death all around the entire ACT reserves.

NSW AL again hit the ACT government with a court injunction to stop the killing on the same day that it commenced, however, the government then stopped the kill prior to the hearing, one week later, therefore, NSW AL withdrew their court action.

In 2009, after pre election promises of changes to be made, by the Labor government, NO CHANGES HAVE OCCURRED.

If you would like to end animal cruelty and violence, and terminate the people holding the positions who are responsible for, and were involved in these unlawful acts of animal cruelty, and publishing/submitting fictitious reports, driving our native wildlife to extinction, who have no knowledge or expertise in their positions they hold, please sign this petition.

The slaughters were unnecessary.

These people, who have absolutely no expertise and knowledge in Kangaroos/macropods, or any other wildlife, are holding extremely important positions, and are not only aiding in placing this country into deficit, by being paid hard earned taxpayers money, but are also aiding in driving our native wildlife to extinction, and with that, accelerating climate change, destroying the healthy, well balanced eco system that our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos, and other wildlife assist in maintaining.

In 2009, more licences to kill our native roos, have been issued, with the same people still in office, still continuing with their fictitious reports and advice to the government.

The native Eastern Grey Kangaroos are not in plague proportions, it only appears so, because they have lost their habitat, so we can see more of them, and although it is great to see them, it is extremely sad that they have lost so much of their habitat through mismanagement by tams/conservator, and other government advisers.

Wildlife Carers Group has again submitted the City Kangaroo Park/Wildlife Sanctuary, with horror pictures from the 2008 bnts site inhumane slaughter, photos of Rose Cottage horse paddock, counting 193 roos in 2008, opposing rspca's count of a well rounded up but unrealistic figure of 2000, along with alternatives to killing, that is wasting taxpayers money, placing this state and country into further deficit.

The horse agistment paddocks are wildlife corridors, for our wildlife, they will not be killed for lawfully being in their wildlife corridors, for horses.

Article in The Chronicle, p.20 northside and southside, unsure about the other parts of canberra/queanbeyan, Tuesday 14 April 2009, 'Roo protectors bounce to action'.

This article www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-control-will-require-more-culls-stanhope-says/1462007.aspx?... mentions that I would prefer the fertility program, however, I specified, HUMANE fertility program. Bromocriptine, and some of the other methods are not humane, and must be aborted.

Fertility programs have to be monitored, because if over used, will bring on the same results, extinction of our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

Don't believe the minority of horse owners either, (not all horse owners have these misconceived views about our native kangaroos), kangaroos are not starving to death where they are agisting their horses, the roos have more than likely been road kills, that have crawled away there, and died, or killed by the rangers and left in the horse agistment paddocks to rot.

The pasture belongs to our native kangaroos and wildlife, not the farmers (who incidentally, get a government subsidy to help them protect and save our wildlife on their properties, some of who appear to be abusing that government hand out), and the horse owners who agist their horses.

Their horses are agisted in wildlife corridors that belong to our native wildlife, that includes our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

The hoofed animals live harmoniously with our native roos.

If we are to turn this devastation around, of the destruction of our planet, we need to declare AUSTRALIA a wildlife sanctuary, and nurture our wildlife, end violence and unlawful acts of animal cruelty, and unlawful acts of fraudulent reports that accelerates climate change, having a devastating impact on our healthy well balanced eco system that drives our native wildlife to extinction.

The World should follow, and declare their countries, a wildlife sanctuary.

Remember, we are of the majority, those who want to torture our kangaroos to death, are of the minority.

It has been advertised by defence that they unnecessarily, inhumanely, violently massacred 514 Eastern Grey Kangaroos on the bnts site, http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/04/2265044.htm, that apparently commenced on 17/5/08, (my source) although largely advertised, commenced on 19/5/08, that continued till early June 2008, after announcing on 16/5/08, that the slaughter will commence.

Claims that there were no joeys between April and July, were also found to be false, by these so called 'experts', when the females began to throw their joeys out of their pouches, out of stress, and fear for their joeys, attempting to save them from the human predators.

The females return to pick up their joeys after the danger has passed.

In this case, of course, they were needlessly butchered.

Contrary to the rspca's claim that this unnecessary massacre was humane, the massacre was extremely cruel, conducted by those who were incompetent, negligent, using unqualified, inexperienced staff, including the rspca, security guards from 'pros', etc. Check out www.myspace.com/wcginc for some photos. The photo of frenzied kangaroos shows a security guard herding them. The other photo shows cruel research on the roos. More information on http://wcg.awardspace.com click on 'news' link.

The remaining kangaroos left on the bnts site, after they were tortured to death, died a horrific inhumane death through tams senior ecologist scientific research, after he inserted fertility drugs up their nose. So much for the ethics committee who are suppose to provide protection to animals against any acts of animal cruelty.

Please sign this petition as individuals to provide full term rehabilitation to all sick, injured, orphaned EASTERN GREY KANGAROOS, on the ACT Wildlife Rehab. Licence for Wildlife Carers Group: www.gopetition.com/petitions/reinstate-our-act-kangaroos.html.

Media release www.kangaroo-protection-coalition.com/kangaroo-archives25.html

Some of the abbreviated local, national and international media releases, 13 May 2007, http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/news/local/general/plan-for-three-days-of-death/584324.html, 14 May 2007, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/14/world/main2799551.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_2799551, 20 May 2007, http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200705/s1927723.htm, http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=452929, http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/printer_1309191.php, 25 May 2007, and again this year, 7 March 2008, when the unnecessary cruel killing was again being pushed by the Local Jon Stanhope Government, http://www.abcscience.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/07/2182771.htm, that exposed a plan by the Department of Defence and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government to cruelly butcher up to 3,200 Kangaroos at two Defence sites in the ACT, in May 2007, which received, not only local, but also received national and international publicity.

The macropod population is always grossly over exaggerated by the commercial roo industry, farmers, the rspca, etc.

In May 2007 approximately 100 kangaroos were sighted on the BNTS Site.

A site visit on 2 May 2008 with defence personnel, showed a count of under 100 kangaroos, and that food was plentiful.

Another site visit was requested for a recount.

The cull commenced before this second visit was coordinated.

The kangaroos were healthy, but very nervous upon approach, and fled.

A dramatically lower number was also sighted on the Majura Site, than what was led to be believed by the Defence Application to Cull Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

The false and misleading information given in May 2007 were to 'save' the kangaroos from starving and to prevent them from competing with certain endangered grassland species reported to be on these sites - Striped Legless Lizard, Grassland Earless Dragon and the Golden Sun Moth, which later included the Ginninderra Peppercress native grassland, (which the kangaroos can't digest, therefore, don't touch it) and Perunga Grasshopper.

Our observation showed that the Eastern Grey Kangaroos and other wildlife species on this site are coexisting harmoniously.

The cause for certain native flora and fauna species being wiped out is due to leaking buried toxic waste and the spraying of toxic sprays to kill the weeds on both defence sites, along with the over excessive vehicles being driven all over the sites, by man.

More information on the Wildlife Carers Group website, http://wcg.awardspace.com and click on the 'news' link.

BNTS is a 136.8 hectare site with Eastern Grey Kangaroos trapped by a 2.5 metre high kangaroo proof security fence inside a 116ha site at the decommissioned Belconnen Naval Transmission Station (BNTS).

In 5 July 2007, the summit exposed the fact that the decommissioned BNTS site was actually proposed for housing development, with the site being handed over to the ACT Government for FREE.

The Eastern Grey Kangaroos are healthy, therefore, to go ahead with this cull, or relocation of the kangaroos is unnecessary, an act of cruelty, and in breach of the animal welfare act.

Freelance photographer Ray Drew (photograph on this petition) has been documenting the process of the cull, with his daily photographs.

The licence for the cull expired in July 2007, with an application to cull being misleading and misinforming, thereby being null and void.

This petition is to demand the end of unlawful acts of fraudulent reports, unlawful acts of animal cruelty, and the end of the unnecessary killing of our Native Eastern Grey Kangaroos along with other wildlife, tabling WCG alternatives to killing at the next sitting, saving all the kangaroos in the ACT, turning the bnts site into a city Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, to end tams/conservator authority to make decisions in wildlife rehabilitation licences, killing licences, wildlife matters, handing them over to WCG, and to amend the current ACT Wildlife Rehabilitation Licence for the full term rehabilitation of our sick, injured, orphaned native Eastern Grey Kangaroos, an omission of the licence only applying in the ACT, compared to the rest of Australia.

The City Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary will house ALL the existing Eastern Grey Kangaroos, and kangaroo proof fencing, along with the only Wildlife Hospital with a public viewing surgery, in the ACT, educational facility, rehabilitation facility, cafes, viewing platforms, extra enclosures for the rehabilitation of the sick, injured, orphaned native Eastern Grey Kangaroos, and other native wildlife, and will prove to be a very successful tourist attraction, increasing tourism to the ACT, preventing the need to cruelly and unnecessarily cull, or relocate any of the kangaroos.

The International Arboretum and Gardens project has been allocated to one of the sites that was wiped out by the ACT bush fires in 2003, rather than the government replanting our native flora, (food source) to assist with the survival of our native fauna, which is rather irresponsible.

Saving ALL our native Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

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11. Create A Rugby League 3!

The last Rugby League game (Rugby League 2) is almost two years old. A sequel is not in development, nor is it planned.

We want HES to realise that there is a market for another Rugby League game, and that they should support our beautiful game.

Sidhe have done a fantastic job with the funding provided on the past two Rugby League games, and I think it is safe to say they are very popular.

Sidhe have said that they would be willing to make another game if the business terms were similar to them in the past.

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12. Keep North Melbourne In Melbourne

The North Melbourne Kangaroos are a proud Melbourne AFL team that has been around for 138 years.

We have won premierships and been more successful than some other Melbourne teams.

Supporters whose blood runs blue and white need to band together to fight this fight!

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13. Petition to Adidas : Stop Using Kangaroo Leather

This petition appeals to Adidas to stop using kangaroo leather in their products. Each year, millions of kangaroos are killed in what is widely regarded as the largest wildlife massacre on the planet. Kangaroo joeys are bludgeoned to death or discarded and left to die from cold, starvation and predation.

Shockingly, the number one supporters of this barbaric trade are sports shoe manufacturers, who purchase the skins and turn them into football boots. Adidas, one of the kangaroo industry’s biggest customers, is a major driving force behind the industry.

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14. Keep North Melbourne shares with North Melbourne people

The Melbourne Herald Sun reported on 11 April 2007 that major North Melbourne shareholders "discussed their respective stakes in the Roos and are planning a meeting to discuss a sell-off."

The AFL were named as a potential buyer. It was reported that this could assist the AFL in relocating the North Melbourne Football Club to the Gold Coast.

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15. Stop Killing Kangaroos

This petition is to show the Australian Government that we will not tolerate the slaughter of kangaroos.

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