Kangaroo culling ‘inhumane’, says animal activist

Share Canberra's trusted news:

AS the ACT government begins its annual kangaroo cull, animal welfare activist Robyn Soxsmith has labelled the killings as “not humane”.

Parks and Conservation Service director Daniel Iglesias says 1568 Eastern Grey kangaroos will be culled from ACT reserves this year. 

“As always, animal and environmental advocates will be out at the reserves this year, protesting against the cruelty to both the kangaroos and the other creatures that depend on them,” says Ms Soxsmith, co-founder of the Animal Protectors Alliance. 

“We will be out there as always bearing witness to the cruelty, and monitoring and documenting the behaviour of the shooters.”

The cull will close six Canberra nature reserves over five evenings. 

From 6pm-8am, Sunday (May 16) to Thursday, six – Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve, Mt Majura Nature Reserve, Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve, East Jerrabomberra Grasslands, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve – of 39 Canberra nature parks will be shut to “remove” 1568 Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

Mr Iglesias says: “We are confident [that culling 1568] will manage grazing pressure and achieve priority conservation outcomes while maintaining public, staff and contractor safety.”

Ms Soxsmith says the culling is not humane.

“It is every bit as cruel as the slaughter of baby seals in Newfoundland,” she says.

“Baby kangaroos are bludgeoned to death, decapitated, or orphaned to die of hunger, thirst, cold and stress. Adults are often wounded and die slowly, or are shot hours later. 

“Fleeing animals impale themselves on barbed wire or rush into the paths of oncoming traffic. The government’s claims that the killing is humane is just another lie.”

Kangaroo cull closes six nature reserves

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleTrio creates a passionate and dynamic atmosphere
Next articleFantasy, the audience gift that keeps on giving

3 COMMENTS

  1. The kangaroo cull is barbaric and unnecessary. The research used to support the cull is of poor quality and biased. Land clearing developments are the real threat to our grasslands and to wildlife, and is displacing large populations of kangaroos.
    This is a man made issue, one which the kangaroos should not have to pay the price for with their lives.
    Shame on the ACT government.

Leave a Reply