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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 463

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled: The humble petition of residents of Victoria respectfully sheweth:

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.

Estimates show that kangaroos alive in their natural habitat as tourist attractions are worth $200m more to the Australian economy over a 9- year period than dead ones exported as pet food or toys over the same period.

We, Australians, have the right to see kangaroos in reasonable numbers on the landscape; we find the commercial slaughter of the kangaroo to be abhorrent 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 dependant for survival.

3.   Implement the recommendations made by the House of Representatives Select Committee on Wildlife in its interim report on kangaroos. by Mr Jarman.

Petition received.

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