NSW Kangaroo Cruelty

Stop Kangaroo Cruelty in NSW!

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How you can Help (*scroll down to the bottom to donate)

1. Demand an end to the cruelty of kangaroos in NSW!


In June 2018, the NSW Liberal/National government ‘relaxed red tape’ with regards to the already under-regulated and inhumane system of culling kangaroos.

This unethical measure paved the way for an increased number of inexperienced shooters to kill kangaroos. As a result, kangaroos are being maimed, killed inhumanely and joeys at foot left to starve to death at numbers that are totally unacceptable to the Australian community.

Already, hundreds of thousands of kangaroos are suffering unethical body-shots in the commercial industry. With these relaxed conditions, a major increase in the inhumane treatment of vulnerable kangaroos is certain.

‘The RSPCA’s research shows commercial shooters have lifted their accuracy rates from 86 to 96 percent.

The four percent variable still equates to 100,000 kangaroos. Farmers and sporting shooters, it says, have shown no improvement in their accuracy rates’ Kellie Russell, Landline 2002

‘What happens when those does [kangaroo mothers] are shot before the shooter can get to the joey is that those joeys have scarpered off, the reality is that those joeys will die from starvation and if not from predation and that in a humane society can’t be tolerated. Dr. Hugh Wirth RSPCA, Landline 2002

‘The problem with shooting and culling kangaroos is that when these animals are shot they often aren’t killed and it is extraordinarily inhumane. If we were processing domestic livestock the same way we do kangaroos it would shut down immediately. People would be just horrified. I think we need to have that same empathy and understanding for kangaroos as we would a cow. Terri Irwin ‘Kangaroo’ the movie 2017

This unnecessary and unethical cruelty must end!

2. Draft a Letter/Email to your Local and State Representatives

-Download or copy and paste our draft letter into an email or letter (example below)
-Use our letter as is, or individualise it with your concerns
-Insert the date, your address details and the minister’s address
-We recommend you send a copy to one (or all) of the following:

The Hon. Gabrielle Upton, MP
Minister for the Environment
330 New South Head Road

The Hon. Mick Veitch, MLC
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries NSW
Parliament House
Macquarie Street

Gladys Berejiklian MP
NSW Premier
280 Willoughby Rd
Naremburn NSW 2065


AND your local MPs, Greens, Labor, Liberal, National and Independent candidates

Download the letter here: http://awpc.org.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Stop-Kangaroo-Cruelty-in-NSW-Draft-Letter.docx

Draft Letter Example

(Insert date)


(Insert name of Minister)

(Insert position)

(Insert address)

(Insert email address)


(Insert your full name)

(Insert your postal address)

(Insert your email address

(Insert your phone number)

Dear (insert the minister/candidate’s title and name),


NSW kangaroo management is unacceptable to any compassionate and moral Australian citizen, and it just got worse.

In June 2018, the NSW Liberal/National government ‘relaxed red tape’ with regard to the already under-regulated and inhumane system of private culling of kangaroos in addition to a huge commercial hunt across the state.

This unethical political appeal to some NSW farmers also recruits city shooters to kill kangaroos in a totally unmonitored program. More kangaroos than ever are being maimed before death and unweaned joeys at foot left to starve.

In the commercial industry hundreds of thousands of kangaroos suffer face or body shots annually before being finally killed (RSPCA statistics). The non-commercial ‘less professional’ killing, promoted by NSW Primary Industries, now with even less conditions, is unacceptably inhumane. Here is an eyewitness account from NSW landowners who have witnessed commercial hunting along their property line for nearly a decade.

‘We have seen hundreds of kangaroo’s heads that have been butchered and left in the field. Many do not have a gunshot wound to them…. We have witnessed kangaroo heads that have been shot in regions of the head other than the brain case, often in the front of the head, [these kangaroos] may not have died until sometime after, often showing the signs of gruesome secondary trauma from a length of metal pipe or an axe.
Joeys are often not killed with their mothers but ripped from her pouch and discarded into the bushes, not even counted as a statistical ‘kill’. We hear them calling for their dead mothers until the sun comes up. We see them in the mornings lost and bewildered. We may see them again the next evening, but usually never again after that. This is considered ‘acceptable collateral damage’.

The group social structure is ruined. The mob is in disarray. The fields smell of death.’

The nature of kangaroo hunting and culling for economic purposes is inherently cruel to individual animals, destroys the kangaroo presence in natural ecosystems and bloodies our national icon, shaming Australia in other countries.

We are among many citizens who say it has to stop and will vote for reform of wildlife management.

Yours sincerely,

(Insert your name)


4. Join the AWPC

All memberships are now due on July 1st every year and so as a mid-year exclusive we would like to offer you fees of just $10 full and $5 concession for membership up to June 30th 2019.

Why should you become a member?

Under our former President Maryland Wilson the AWPC fought hard to be approved as a charity with tax deductible status; this status means any donations over $2 are tax deductible to the donor. We need at least 55 paid members per year to retain this status.

Becoming a member means the world to wildlife. It ensures we can continue to be a voice for wildlife, continue with educational projects and conservation, continue to consult with government agencies and speak out when injustices occur.

A robust membership is worth its weight in gold as we can have a stronger voice on behalf of the animals.


Your membership also includes:

Newsletters ‘A Voice for Wildlife’ and updates.


Voting rights at our Annual General Meeting held in September every year. All are welcome. You will be updated on our activities, and welcome to join in with ideas and actions.

Joining with the AWPC is very easy indeed!

1. Fill in the free online form with your details here: https://awpc.org.au/join/

2. Either deposit your fee directly into our bank account with your name (e.g John Doe MS) in the description field. (Our preferred method)

Account: Commonwealth Bank- Australian Wildlife Protection Council Inc.
BSB #:063535
Account #:10090791


Pay online using our secure credit card payment portal here:

Pay online


Write to us:

Australian Wildlife Protection Council
PO Box 3312
Mornington VIC 3931


Please drop us an email eve.awpc@gmail.com and I can send you a form and arrange payment via the post.

We thank you for your new and past support and hope you can join us again!


The Australian Wildlife Protection Council is a registered charity – No. A0012224D
ABN 85 240 279 616


4. Donate

We have designed a postcard to be sent to local and state representatives. We hope to distribute these throughout NSW. Please donate to printing costs and advertising the campaign.

Stop NSW Kangaroo Cruelty Postcard

Please donate to the printing costs and general campaign here:

Donation Form
Please fill in a form so we can send you tax receipt. All donations over $2 are tax deductible!

Donate online or by bank deposit (please put NSW kangas in the bank/credit card description)

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