The kangaroo has long adorned the Australian national coat of arms. Despite iconic status, patriotic praise and a cartoon Skippy, however, the Australian government has recently released a guide to killing kangaroos. Australian farmers have long complained that kangaroos compete with livestock for grass. Millions of the marsupials are killed each year in efforts for what Australias environment department calls responsible environmental management.
The latest, "code of conduct" proposed by the federal government offers how best to "humanely kill kangaroos and wallabies," according to the Daily Telegraph. Australias department of environment guide recommends, "'forcefully swinging' young kangaroos, or joeys, against a vehicle, according to the Telegraph For adults, it advocates a close-range shotgun blast.
Despite the government's stated intentions, however, animal rights activists call the killing inhumane. They are in an uproar.
They aren't alone.
In addition to offending local animal activists, the Australian governments guide to Kangaroo slaughter has inspired a backlash of criticism from Japan. Tension first mounted during Australia's protest of Japan's whale hunting, so the kangaroo code of conduct has many Japanese crying, hypocrisy.
One Japanese group responded with a graphically disturbing film that documents alleged Australians beating and killing kangaroos. According to another Telegrapharticle, the film features violent images of a baby kangaroo pulled from its dead mother's pouch only to be violently crushed by a human foot. A later clip shows a young boy hurling a joey by the tail and smashing it repeatedly into a truck tow bar.
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A propagandistic statement about double standards, the Japanese film claims Australians encourage the widespread slaughter of their native dog, the dingo. The film even lashes into Australias history of ill treatment and racism toward Aborigines and Asians.
According to the short film, Australia has made more mammal species extinct than any other country. "At least," the film states, "the Japanese eat whales."
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