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KIAA Newsletter

December 2018

Welcome to the December edition of the KIAA newsletter. In this issues we announce the release of two policy papers, get an update on the review of an important code of practice, and catch up on recent events effecting the commercial kangaroo industry. 

KIAA policy papers released for discussion

Two draft policy papers have been released by the kangaroo industry for public and stakeholder comment. The first addresses minimum standards and improvements the KIAA seeks for maintaining sustainable kangaroo populations while the second looks at requirements for ensuing  traceable kangaroo products from the paddock to the customer.
 

The guiding principle for the policy papers, and the operation of the industry, is animal welfare. A third policy paper on addressing differences between commercial and non commercial harvesting is in development.

Comments on the policy papers can be sent to 
kiaa@kangarooindustry.com.au. Over the first quarter of 2019 the KIAA will be speaking with other stakeholders to finalise the industry's policy position on these important issues.
Renee Doyle talks about land managment and kangaroos
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Work continues on Code of Practice review

The National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Commercial Purposes is currently being reviewed through a project led by AgriFutures Australia. The review is being informed through a reference group of representatives from the Australian Veterinary Association, the RSPCA, industry and relevant government agencies. The current Code was originally published in November 2008.

This project aims to deliver a revised national Code of Practice to ensure that harvesting is conducted in the most humane manner.  The final Draft Code will be made available for public comment.

KIAA welcomes Peru FTA go ahead

The KIAA has welcomed the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) second report into the Peru Australia Free Trade Agreement which recommends that Australia should immediately pass the enabling legislation for the agreement.

The agreement was singed in February this year.  In part it will see an immediate reduction in tariff for kangaroo meat from 9% to 0% - a significant benefit for the kangaroo industry at a time when drought is affecting our farming community so widely. Read more.

Other KIAA News

Many factors affecting quota take up
Speaking on the ABC, KIAA President Ray Borda says there are several reasons why the industry has not kept up with the quota for commercial harvesting of kangaroos.  Around 15% of the kangaroos available for commercial harvest were processed last year.

Ray pointed out the lead times in getting commercial harvesters into the field along with other infrastructure requirements to ensure proper processing.  Margins in the industry are also under pressure due to drought conditions in Australia. Kangaroos are moving around more to look for feed and water which means further travel for harvesters adding to costs.  Despite this Ray said he is seeing a growth in demand for kangaroo products. 

The KIAA continues to raise potential animal welfare concerns from relaxing of non commercial culling laws due to the drought conditions. 
The Bounce
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