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Monday, 24 March 2003
Page: 13273

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

This petition of the citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the intolerable and untenable cruelty to and suffering of kangaroos and their joeys, inherent in the commercial kangaroo industry. Night after night, shooters disrupt the rich, complex family structured mobs, where females educate their young and alpha males fight for the right to pass on the best genes, according to universally accepted scientific dogma of natural selection. It is the largest, unmonitored massacre of wild animals in the wand and threatens the very survival of our wild kangaroos, an icon loved the world over.

Our National Symbol, the kangaroo, endearingly known as Skippy, is a good will ambassador without equal and has a right to exist free from fear, pain, suffering and exploitation in his native land.

The importance of the kangaroo to the health and prosperity of this land, for all Australians cannot be overestimated.

Your petitioners therefore request the House brings a halt to the commercial slaughter of kangaroos.

by Mr Hunt (from 50 citizens)