There are many reasons, a question I also ask is why can't we eat whale, what's the difference?Okay here's a few reasons not:
* Many people believe that kangaroos are farmed, they aren't - they are still shot in the night in the wild. Once upon a time only male kangaroos were shot and the species had a chance of survival, then we decided it was interesting and the in thing to eat them.
* The mothers are shot, not always the legislated head shot, the joey at foot that still needs it's mother is either shot or left to predators, the joey in pouch is taken out and either it's head is stomped on to kill it or it's slammed against the bumper bar or a tree to kill it.
* Kangaroos can and do carry toxoplasmosis, which if contracted during pregnancy gives gross problems to the foetus (a woman at a work function about 6 years back had this happen via a cracker with kangaroo meat).
* Because of the unhygienic conditions of killing the meat has been found to contain ecoli, hence Russia no longer taking certain of our meats. Meat processors who process both kangaroo and beef can and do get cross contamination.
* The number of eastern grey, western grey, red and wallaroo kangaroos by the governments reports have dramatically plummeted. And many areas don't have any kangaroos any more. In fact many of the kangaroo shooters are now giving Animal Liberation information in a bid to reduce the killing because they can't make a living. Adidas complain that the skins are too small now, and the reason is that a male kangaroo with a life span to approx 22 years now only lives to about 2 years (not great for the gene pool).
* While the number killed each year grows and if we supply China (and other countries) with meat, we will wipe out our kangaroos.
* If I was young and had children I wouldn't want the only place to see a kangaroo on our money, our coat of arms and possible the oddity in the zoo while they try artificial breeding plans.
*The kangaroo is a sentient being (This means they are capable of being aware of sensations and emotions, of feeling pain and suffering, and of experiencing a state of well being. [from animal liberation front])Now with beef, lamb, pork:
* Domestically bred for thousands of years to eat
* Humanely killed and stringent rules in place in most (not all) abattoirs in this country
* Hygenic premises
* Tested to ensure no contaminates (especially following the BSE)And with the wild game such as pheasants and salmon:
* If they're killed by a hunter to eat then it's usually not destroying the entire species, if they were killed in such gross numbers and so cruelly then I would stand up and say stop to this as well.
If an indigenous person living in the outback killed a kangaroo the entire family eat that one animal, it's not where thousands are killed in the night and they see their babies killed in front of them. I know I'm not having my steers killed in front of their family.
I live in a no kill area, people still shoot the kangaroos for dogs meat. Most of Australia is a kill area and they are opening more due to the lack of animals in so many areas.
I always saw kangaroos in the Northern Rivers area, I haven't seen one kangaroo (other than a small mob I released about 5 years ago, who visit each year), in the bush, or road kill in about two years. We drove all the way from Casino to Tenterfield not one road kill and I did see a fully grown female with an at foot joey alone in the bush in Tenterfield. Kangaroos aren't normally found in ones! Where are they?? People in many areas are seeing the same thing.
To see video of how they kill them http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/kan ... ction.html
It's certainly not how I'd want my food killed, I respect our animals and yes I eat them. But I want them treated well before and during, not mass slaughter into extinction.
The Tasmanian Tiger was hunted to extinction through government bounties, because farmers said they were killing stock (incorrectly now they have found). The Koala was almost hunted to extinction (government endorsed) and is now only hanging on by a thread. So if we kill our kangaroos to extinction, I imagine the wallabies are next and so it goes.
Don't people want their children to see these animals in our country in the future?
I hope I've answered some questions for you Jo, there is so much information and mis-information on the subject and my fear is they'll be gone or severely effected (by gene pool) to continue and when it's too late, it's too late... and sometimes it makes me sad, devastated or just plain angry.
PS This is just off the top of my head, I can supply if required the links for government reports, court transcripts from the recent case in the ACT and other information.