‘Roos ‘on the brink of extinction’

NEWS.COM.AU

FOUR wildlife groups are calling for a moratorium on the killing of kangaroos, claiming they are on the brink of extinction in three states.

The Australian Society for Kangaroos, the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia, the Kangaroo Protection Coalition and Kangaroo Defenders are calling for a moratorium on the commercial and non-commercial slaughter of the iconic Australian animal.

They claim five kangaroo species are at dangerously low levels in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.

Their claims are based on a report written for the Australian Society for Kangaroos, which suggests that falling numbers are a result of the drought and unsustainable kangaroo meat and leather industries.

The groups said the report found that there are less than five kangaroos per square kilometre across most of NSW, South Australia and Queensland, a number defined previously as being akin to “quasi extinction”.

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