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Wednesday, 24 August 1983
Page: 137

The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That permitting kangaroos to be commercially exploited when permissible cropping rates are unknown and the means of enforcing controls or protective laws are completely ineffective in this land, is allowing this unique animal to follow the path to rarity or extinction along which all wild animals have gone when subjected to exploitation in similar circumstances.

We, Australians, have the right to see kangaroos in reasonable numbers on the landscape; we find the commercial slaughter of the kangaroo to be adhorrent and unjustified.

We your petitioners therefore humbly pray that you will;

1. Ban the export of products made from kangaroos.

2. Take action to see that State Governments prohibit the commercial shooting of kangaroos.

3. Enact legislation to give the Commonwealth Government responsibility throughout Australia for ALL native wildlife and habitat upon which it is dependent for survival.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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