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Australia An ecologist is begging Aussies need to eat more kangaroos

06:46  12 september  2017
06:46  12 september  2017 Source:   techly.com.au

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As Australians, it’s our duty to eat more kangaroo meat. Paton, a veteran ecologist , told ABC News that Australians need to “embrace kangaroo meat” to help reign in roo numbers.

Now in a renewed effort to solve the problem, ecologists have suggested that people should shun their dislike of eating kangaroo meat and take up the practice on a more regular basis.

  An ecologist is begging Aussies need to eat more kangaroos © robertharding/REX Shutterstock As Australians, it’s our duty to eat more kangaroo meat.

At least that is what Associate Professor David Paton from the University of Adelaide seems to be suggesting.

Paton, a veteran ecologist, told ABC News that Australians need to “embrace kangaroo meat” to help reign in roo numbers.

“If we’re going to cull these animals we do it humanely, but we also perhaps should think about what we might use the animals that are killed for,” he said.”We shouldn’t just simply leave them out in paddocks to rot or leave them in the reserves to rot.”

The average city person may not realise it, but roos have become a bit of problem.

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Kangaroo . It’s what’s for dinner. Due to the recently doubled population of kangaroos in Australia , at least one Australian expert is calling for the country’s inhabitants to eat them. There are now more kangaroos in Australia than there are people.

Overabundant kangaroos have been blamed for stripping vegetation back so other species struggle to survive and one solution is for Australians to develop a taste for their meat.

The roo population has almost doubled in the last few years and is now getting close to 50 million. Yup, roos now outnumber us about two to one.

It’s not really the roos’ fault and as usual, humans are partly (totally?) to blame. Paton says that our land practices and hunting of roo predators has led to this.

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I just meant we need more predators in ecosystems that way they keep these prey numbers under control and when I said more predators I mean ones native. ThanatoSeraph. Kangaroo meat tastes pretty good, my family eats it all the time.

Find out why one expert ecologist is asking Australians to eat more of their national symbol in the name of protecting biodiversity. University of Adelaide Associate Professor David Paton is encouraging Aussies to chow down on more kangaroo meat to control a ballooning roo population

The problem with roos is that tend to overgraze and damage farm property and crops. This can lead to a reduction in biodiversity in a given area.

The problem with killing and eating roos is that they are a national emblem and remind us of Skippy. Also, they’re cute as heck.

You don’t see New Zealanders eating kiwi birds or Americans eating eagles. To be fair, neither of those would be particularly tasty.

According to the Australian Government, “the commercial kangaroo harvest industry in Australia is one of the world’s best practice wild harvest operations, with management goals based firmly on principles of sustainability.”

At present, roo harvesting is approved for four species in four states: Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia.

Although killing and eating roos is the simplest solution, it’s not the only one.

Animal Liberation SA, a not-for-profit organisation against for the protection of animals, believes roos could be controlled through non-lethal means.

There is some talk of sterilisation, but I think that’s a while off, the best way to do it would be to relocate kangaroos,” spokeswoman Sally Sutton told ABC News.

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