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Australia told to shoot kangaroos before they starve

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I wonder how the meat taste like. Never tried a kangaroo before. Any different from deer or horse meat?

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HiroToday  04:17 pm JST

I wonder how the meat taste like. Never tried a kangaroo before. Any different from deer or horse meat?

puts a spring in your step perhaps? (#^.^#)

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I wonder how the meat taste like. Never tried a kangaroo before. Any different from deer or horse

its got a strong taste like wild boar, but without the fat, actually kangaroo meat is very low in fat and cholesterol, much healthier substitute to other red meats on the market

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Kangaroo meat is fat free.


It tastes great when slow cooked with plum sauce. Delicious!

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Indigenous Australians have eaten kangaroo for thousands of years. It is only the recent Western population that has proved squeamish about eating something "alien" to their diet. The article raises the question of where to locate kangaroo management on the spectrum from wild to farmed. Modern sensitivities to the sight of hungry or injured animals always provide a push toward the management end. Modern city dwellers insulated from the realities of nature see such suffering as unacceptable. In contrast, those in the countryside accept it as part of the natural process - and a process that should generally be left alone. Many examples of failed wildlife management can be cited (and numerous success stories, too) that remind us that nature is interconnected so that one intervention can easily have unintended consequences. It is better to leave nature alone or, at most, cull the small number of animals that are seen to be actually suffering.

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Do they really shoot 5 million kangaroos a year? That's almost 14,000 a day. That's a lot of roos.

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Before they starve?

Well then, we had better shoot them first...!

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It is for their own good, you must understand...

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It tastes great! My family have gone off pork sausages after being introduced to 'roo.

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The Meat Guy sells kangaroo and crocodile claws.

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This is actually very poor sensationalist reporting. The article makes out that Australia is overrun by kangaroos and the Aussies are going on a wanton killing spree. The area effected by the population explosion is a relatively small area in central NSW. Australia is the same size as the US.

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Peter14, no American would ever think about eating an eagle,

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Yrral - I think you will find no Australian would ever think about eating an eagle too - even though the wedge tailed eagle is much greater in numbers than the bald eagle.

Bald Eagles currently number about 300,000 as opposed to the kangaroo population of around 40,000,000.

If culling is to be carried out then using the meat seems to be a good practice of not wasting resources.

And only a small % of Australians eat kangaroo meat.

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Wildlife management is a tricky tool. Killing animals now because they may overpopulate and die later sounds illogical to the average layman.

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I skated metres past dozens of kangaroos this afternoon on the Gold Coast. They're everywhere. Remember that clip last year that went viral of the lady teeing off surrounded by a huge mob of roos? It's like that at most of the courses. I'd hate to think how their numbers have swelled in the countryside/outback. Culling makes perfect sense. The meat is high in protein and low in fat and the skins are valuable too. More humane than seeing them starve to death.

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Talk about false information from the science community again. I live in Australia and last week there was concern about the how bad the recovery of the wildlife are having after 3 billion were killed during the fires. This week they are tell us that they concern about over population. This is why climate change does not register with me. So much BS everyday by the science community in the news.

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In my youth I had a pair of kangaroo leather soccer boots, and they were the best. Probably still are, and it's sad to see Nike fold on activist sensitivities. It's not like roos are endangered, and since they breed like rabbits I doubt they'll ever become extinct.

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For anyone, starvation is a terrible way to die. Shooting them is kindness.

My father died of starvation due to cancer. It was his choice. The last few weeks a humane assisted death would have been much kinder. I'd want the same for myself and I want the same for these animals.

This is a special situation with the huge population explosion. When it is over, place the roos under protection again.

In other parts of the world, there are annual quotas for taking different game animals. This allows limited hunting to keep the populations within the manageable size. Some years, more hunting is allowed to prevent situations like this. With all the kangaroos killed, if they are just left out, then lower predators will have lots of food for a month and their populations will expand. Everything is tied together.

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YrralToday 06:12 pm JST

Peter14, no American would ever think about eating an eagle,

Larry, very happy to hear that, as no Australian would eat an eagle either.

This story is however about Kangaroo's which can be very large animals, bigger than sheep, goats and pigs and it is a far healthier meat to eat.

Since the native first nations people eat this meat and have done so for many thousands of years, there is no harm to humans in the consumption of this meat.

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If I was on the verge of starvation I would certainly consider consuming a bowl of eagle stew. It's been years since I ate any roo but remember it tasting similar to venison.

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The "new normal" in Australia for the past couple of years has been good rain across vast swaths on the country and excellent growing conditions. There will be another devastating dry period that has nothing to do with how much you drive your car or heat your home.

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There was an exotic butcher shop near Takadanababa Station when I lived in Tokyo. He sold Roo meat and we tried it as burgers and meatballs. It was pretty good. I added egg to give it some umami and fat/moisture.

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Every animal that moves over the surface of the Earth May serve as food. Except scavengers. We eat shrimp, lobsters, trout, catfish, Tilapia, etc, so Kangaroo meat should not be so bad. Ah, it could bring down the price of pork, beef, lamb and chicken.

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