UPDATE: AWPC supports Kinley Estate (VIC) residents in fight for kangaroo lives
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Are we Kind? …
Or are we Monsters?
Today [Tuesday 4 August 2020] could be D-DAY for the Kinley Estate (at Lilydale, Vic) kangaroos.
WE ARE CALLING on DELWP [Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning], and the Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, to take a humane and reasonable approach by supporting relocation of the Kinley Estate kangaroos.
The small mob (~40) of kangaroos that have lived peacefully together, and much loved by the locals, are slated to be killed to make way for development of the Kinley Estate(Lilydale) by INTRAPAC Property.
Any reasonable, humane person looks at the situation and asks — “what about relocating them?”
Wildlife experts are adamant that relocation of the mob can be done successfully with minimal stress.
That knowing comes from deep experience of rescue, rehabilitation and dealing with a wide variety of situations where kangaroos find themselves needing help. In addition, there are successful mob relocations (*).
DELWP fails our kangaroos, and the public in 2 major ways.
First, they claim that 40% will die when relocated. That has been proven wildly wrong, more than once, by people in the field (**).
Second, their own guidelines stress the need to attempt all non-lethal means of solving problems ahead of reverting to the bullet. Did they do that? No they did not even try. They did not enter discussions with those who are willing and able to manage a relocation.
The developer wanted to use relocation, but DELWP does not support any such humane outcome.
The Black Summer loss of wildlife should, at a minimum, cause a rethink of the old ways.
Australians, and the local community, want more for our iconic kangaroos. Andy Meddick (AJP) has a capable team ready to act.
If DELWP supports the kill option over relocation, then we (humans) really are monsters. (***)
(*) About 4 years ago, approximately 100 kangaroos were relocated successfully from a Wildlife Fauna Park in Victoria.
In 2017, more than 200 kangaroos were successfully relocated at Bathurst.
(**) If relocation fails it is due to mishandling and lack of suitable skills.
(***) DELWP claims that culling (killing) is the most humane option; BUT it is not possible to cull kangaroos in a humane manner. Shooting and killing a mob of kangaroos is extremely distressing to the tight family bonds among the animals. That is why they live in mobs, they know each other and have familial and friendship bonds. Joeys will suffer extremely in any cull because the at foot joeys are separated from their mothers and the pouch joeys are torn from the pouch and bludgeoned to death.
Chris Lehmann, Save the Kinley Estate Kangaroos
Australian Wildlife Protection Council Inc.
PO Box 302, Bungendore NSW 2621
M: 0434 479 459
ABN 85 240 279 616
Patron: Hon Peter Singer