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28 July 2008


The Editor

PRAVDA Newspaper



Via Email:


Dear Sir,


Re: Kangaroo meat contamination and cruelty to kangaroos

The World League for Protection of Animals appeals to the editor of Pravda newspaper to inform Pravda readers who generally may not be aware of a recent ban that is in force in Russia on the importation of kangaroo meat from several Australian kangaroo meat processing plants. Microbial contamination was detected in the kangaroo meat.


Kangaroo meat is exported overseas because Australians are well aware of the dangers to their health from eating kangaroo meat. Russians, however, may not know that the kangaroo meat they are eating is of inferior quality.


Bruising, offal, trimmings and forequarter bones are ground into paste. This is exported to Russia to make sosiski. The sosiski is not cooked but cured by a process of fermentation, which involves hanging them for several weeks to cure. This is cheap meat but at what cost to the health of Russians?


Apart from the health hazard, the killing of kangaroos is a cruel industry, where babies are ripped out of the pouch from their shot mother and their heads are smashed against a tree or crushed under foot. This is all permitted under Australian law. The orphaned joeys at foot, which are dependent on their mother, run away terrified from the shooting and are abandoned and killed by predators or die from starvation.


More than 200 000 kangaroos each year are not killed instantly but hop away into the bush to die a slow and painful death. The average age of shot big red kangaroos is now two years. Their normal lifespan can be up to 30 years.


As a result of the commercial shooting industry and drought, the kangaroo population has dropped by about 65% in the last five years. It is a cruel and unsustainable industry killing mother and two joeys in one hit and so wiping out three generations.


A submission to the Federal Minister for Environment, the Hon. Peter Garrett, was presented by the World League for Protection of Animals stating that the killing of the joeys at foot and in pouch was illegal and must be stopped. The submission was co-signed by approximately 56 other international and national animal welfare organisations. Please find attached a copy of the submission.


The World League for Protection of Animals has campaigned for kangaroos for over forty years and believes that further international discussion of this issue is in the public interest. We understand that the Russian public is fascinated by sunny Australia and its unique animals, especially the kangaroo. The World League appeals to the Russian people not to participate in supporting this cruel and unsustainable industry and to stop buying meat and leather from the slaughter of this beautiful Australian iconic animal.


Yours Sincerely,


Halina Thompson



World League for Protection of Animals




Submission on the Cruelty, Risks and Illegality of the

Kangaroo Industry to the Hon. Peter Garrett,

Federal Minister for the Environment



This submission is from concerned environmental and animal protection groups and individuals signed at the end.


To see this Submission in PDF format, please Click Here.


Please Click Here to see the List of Organisations and Prominent Individuals who endorsed the WLPA's Submission on the Cruelty, Risks and Illegality of the Kangaroo Industry.




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