Kangaroo carcases dumped by the roadside near Kabra.
Kangaroo carcases dumped by the roadside near Kabra. Allan Reinikka Rokaroo

Kangaroos disembowelled, dumped

A SCENE of six kangaroo carcases skinned, disembowelled and dumped on the side of a Kabra dirt road had wildlife and animal authorities in shock yesterday.

Rockhampton region RSPCA inspector Laurie Stageman said it was a barbaric act if done for fun.

"Even if it wasn't for fun, they've still breached the Native Conservation Act," Mr Stageman said.

However, given the state the carcases were left in, a commercial roo shooter may have been responsible for the killings.

Department of Environment and Resource Management spokesman Clive Cook said yesterday that as a native species, kangaroos were protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

"It is an offence to deliberately kill or injure a protected animal unless authorised to do so," he said.

"The maximum penalty for deliberately killing a kangaroo without authority is $10,000.

"In Queensland, there are currently 44 damage mitigation permits for the take of kangaroos and 1447 commercial wildlife harvesting licences for macropods (kangaroos)."

Australian Society for Kangaroos president Nikki Sutterby said she wasn't surprised as the government condoned their killing due to the kangaroo meat industry.

"The kangaroo is the largest land-based wildlife slaughter in the world because of the commercial kangaroo industry pet meat which is for profit."

 

KANGAROO KILLING

  • $10,000 maximum penalty for deliberately killing a kangaroo without authority.
  • 44 damage mitigation permits for the take of kangaroos in Queensland.
  • 1447 commercial wildlife harvesting licences.


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