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KIAA Newsletter

April 2019

Welcome to the April edition of the KIAA newsletter. In this issue we release a new policy paper, welcome the extension of the pet food trial in Victoria, and talk about greater involvement of farmers in the commercial industry. 

KIAA releases new policy paper for discussion

The KIAA has released a further policy paper for public and stakeholder comment. The paper, the third in a series of policy positions released by the KIAA, examines the differences between non commercial and commercial culling of kangaroos. 

In December last year the KIAA released two other policy papers for discussion. These have been finalised and address the minimum standards and improvements the KIAA seeks for maintaining sustainable kangaroo populations and ensuring traceable kangaroo products from the paddock to the customer.

The guiding principle for the policy papers, as for the operation of the industry in general, is animal welfare. 

Comments on any of the policy papers can be sent to
George Wilson talks about trends and issues with kangaroo populations 

Industry welcomes VIC commitment

The KIAA has welcomed the Victorian government's six month extension of a kangaroo pet food trial to September 2019.

The trial has been in operation since 2014 and allows for the authorised wildlife control of kangaroo for pet food.  Importantly it sees culling happen under the National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Commercial Purposes.

In a further welcomed announcement, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will implement a management plan for the industry in Victoria towards the end of the current trial.

Industry asks for greater use of commercial harvesters

The commercial kangaroo industry is calling on farmers in NSW, SA and Qld to help support the sector and make greater use of licensed harvesters during the current period of drought.

“We are seeing a dramatic increase in non-commercial culling as landowners seek to reduce kangaroo numbers and preserve precious cattle feed during the drought conditions,” said Ray Borda, President of the KIAA.  

The KIAA believes that the sustained and ongoing management of kangaroo populations in agriculture areas requires a commercial underpinning and as such the industry would greatly welcome increased use of professional harvesters by landholders across NSW, SA and QLD.

According to Ray Borda, just a 10% shift to using commercial harvesters would see a significant lift for the industry. 
The Bounce
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