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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 3872

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives assembled:

The humble petition of residents of Australia respectfully shows:

The red kangaroo, largest marsupial in the world, has through shooting for commerce become extinct or rare in many areas where it was once prolific. All scientific evidence points to this decimation of numbers, which is clear evidence that State Governments are unable to control commercial shooting within their boundaries.

The people of Australia do not wish to subsidise the kangaroo industry, through taxation, in paying for the control measures which it calls for. We find the industry repugnant, unnecessary, and benefits but a few people in this country, whereas live kangaroos in their natural habitat, through their value as tourist attractions are economically far more profitable to our economy and to us aesthetically.

We, your petitioners, therefore humbly pray that you will:

1.   Maintain the ban on the export of products made from kangaroos.

2.   Encourage State Governments to have any necessary culling of wild animals carried out by their own fauna officers.

3.   Establish large sanctuaries in the habitat of the Red and other species of kangaroo. (This would benefit all wildlife in those areas).

4.   Provide for scientific research into populations of kangaroos and other wildlife.

And your petitioners as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Hurt ord.

Petition received.







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