2024: Summary - Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos Australia
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The five states have reported their commercial Kangaroo quotas and associated population estimates for 2024. For Western Australia, like Victoria, the Commonwealth Government needs to approve a new plan for the exploitation and export of wildlife from Western Australia.
Here are some top line comments. Note population estimates are for commercially exploited species, these species may differ from state to state. Quotas are for commercial only and do not include mitigation permits.
All population estimates so far appear to be hyper-inflated and actual take against quota in 2022 and 2023 is very low. Our analysis for 2024 indicates an actual take against quota for all Australia will be 19.5 per cent. As a general comment, Queensland up, NSW down, population estimates look very similar when 2023 and 2024 are compared.
Note: Worst feature of their conduct is the move into public lands which the commercial industry has been trying to achieve in other states for a long time. Rezoning of the shooting zones fudges comparisons with previous years and disguises regions where Kangaroo populations have been near exterminated. Victoria needs to reinstate its LGA population tables in its quota and ‘harvest’ reports.
Note: The population estimates show some ludicrous increases and declines in regional populations which cannot be explained. Following our own survey of the Broken Hill and Lower Darling shooting zones one year ago and where government claimed 3 million Kangaroos, we found just one living Kangaroo (there was no evidence of large numbers of dead Kangaroos, we found one dead Kangaroo by the river and that had been shot). So now we have more than 1.4 million reduction in the population estimate, apparently due to rain. We were in those zones during the flooding. And yet again, the Tibooburra shooting zone is another stand out with a significant increase in population including an increase in the Grey Kangaroo population of 936 per cent between 2022 and 2023 (10 per cent would be the maximum possible).
Note: Requests for Mitigation permits now at extremely low levels which indicates Kangaroos have been exterminated in large areas of the state through a combination of overshooting and the construction of large scale exclusion or cluster fencing which wildlife cannot cross and along which trapped wildlife is exterminated in large numbers – includes species like Kangaroos, Wallabies and Emus.
Note: In 2023, actual commercial take against quota is running at 15 per cent despite zone expansions and the adding of more species to the commercial list in the recent period. The Red Kangaroo is being hammered and now accounts for about half of all commercial kills in the state. Yet, for the Red Kangaroo, the SA populations estimates show a 24 per cent increase which is impossible, even without the industrial scale killing. The treatment of Macropods on Kangaroo Island along with associated claims regarding populations needs proper review and investigation.
Two species of Kangaroo are currently killed for commercial gain in Western Australia, the Red Kangaroo and the Western Grey Kangaroo. Commercial exploitation of Euros (Macropus robustus) did not take place between 2003-2006 and from 2010-2023.
Tasmania, for some strange reason avoids scrutiny and does not report estimates or actuals for commercial exploitation of wildlife to the Commonwealth Government, it needs to do so as the unrelenting slaughter of wildlife, including Kangaroos, Wallabies and Possums, for commercial gain, including exports, all occur without proper scrutiny.
RULES AIN'T RULES
“A state managed harvest of Kangaroos and Wallabies for export must have an approved management plan under the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999 EPBC Act). These plans include conservative annual harvest quoters based on scientifically robust population monitoring. The plans also implement zoning to support even population control and prevent localised depletion. Harvest quoters are monitored and reviewed annually and harvest quotas are reduced when population monitoring detects declines. Approved State Government Wildlife Trade Management Plans and Wildlife Trade Operations for the Commercial Harvest of Kangaroos are published on the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water website”. Commonwealth Government of Australia
All of it with not a single hint of compassion for the animals involved, all states claiming that what they are doing is humane. This is a a very long way from the truth.