Alternatively, Bob says “We should be promoting our kangaroos for their touristic value. Kangaroos are worth billions of dollars to Australia annually in tourism. The kangaroo killing industry on the other hand is cruel, unhygenic, and unsustainable with kangaroo numbers now critical.”
Kangaroos are the second most recognised tourist icon in the world, and the second most popular attraction for international tourists. Research by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) showed that Australian wildlife, and in particular kangaroos are worth between $2.7 and $ 5 billion dollars annually to the Australian economy in tourism.
Bob is pleading with China, Australia and the world to “Please consider how kangaroos are killed. If people could see what happens to baby joeys when their mother is killed by this industry, they would think twice about buying kangaroo meat and kangaroo leather shoes.”
“The current push to eat kangaroo meat is a fallacy. It takes 120 kangaroos to produce the same amount of meat you get from one cow. You would have to kill the entire kangaroo population many times over evey year to replace beef. Our kangaroos cannot even sustain the current level of killing by the industry”, said Nikki Sutterby, Co-Ordinator, Australian Society for Kangaroos.
Bobs final plea to China: “We wouldn’t eat your pandas, so please don’t eat our kangaroos. Come and see them.”
AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY FOR KANGAROOS