Wildlife Carer Comments

I’ve travelled the Nullabor 9 times by road and only once came through a massing of roos along the roadside between Eucla and Cocklebiddy after rain, and they were so close to the road it was scary!! But the road design was poor and no water drainage away from the road edge caused them to be grazing so close to the roadside!
Margaret Larner, WA

Why is it that so many visitors to our rural areas comment that they just don't see kangaroos any more? They are extremely disappointed because they have been so looking forward to seeing kangaroos whilst in Australia, have been travelling in country areas for 6 months or more and have seen NO live kangaroos, even off the beaten track at dusk. Even the bushies notice there are fewer kangaroos around.
Susie Rowe, Narrandera, NSW

Kangaroos in south east Queensland are continuing to decline due to land clearing, dog attacks and road accidents. We live on 10 acres and have had a small family of kangaroos on our land for a number of years, but the little mob is being decimated like all the kangaroos on the Sunshine Coast. However, in the Australian outback tonight, the peaceful existence of thousands of gentle animals who have harmed no-one, will end violently for the sake of the almighty dollar. Please stop this culling.
Linda Hill, Forest Glen QLD

As a wildlife rescuer In 2hrs on one day within a 10km radius I attended 5 Kangaroos - all had been hit by motor vehicles , all were female , all had pouch young - all including pouch young had to be euthanised- 10 DEAD - multiply that out by every rescue person in Australia - and the statistics through unnatural attrition is phenomenal - PLEASE stop the Murder of Australia’s wildlife by those who profit from it. These animals belong to the people of Australia, not a minority.
Anne Moore, Gisborne, VIC

From the kind eyes of the mother to the awe in the joey’s expression, as he gazes from the safety of the pouch, the warmth and love shines through as doe and offspring lie in the warm morning sun. He stands aloof, watching and grazing , alert to danger but not able to keep them safe. The sun goes down and the predator is man with lights and guns and noise, he goes down first, panic ensues, how many will die tonight?
Heather Langield, Bungedore NSW

For heaven’s sake when will you people learn the state of the kanga population. In the last 2 years we have lost 2 mobs up here. Get off your shiny seat and get out into the real world.
Patricia Henrickson, Sarina QLD

I have been rescuing and releasing orphaned joeys for the past 22 years. Some of the injuries I have seen from road accidents, roo shooters and people that think that it would be "cool" to have a pet for the kids has left me with unkind thoughts of mankind. In the past 22 years I have seen the kangaroos in our area diminish to about 1/4 of what it used to be. If no one speaks up for the kangaroos, one day no one will speak up for mankind!!
Sheila Firth, Collinsville QLD

As a carer of injured and orphaned macropods, and the partner of an ecologist who spends much time in the field, it is clear that the shooting of our kangaroos is contributing to a general decline. There needs to be an open debate about the actual scientific findings of kangaroo populations, their effect (non effect) on the environment, and their lack of competition with farming practices - apart from farmers' misconceptions of these native animals as ‘pests’.
Helen Berger, Bathurst NSW

With the reduction of numbers of macropods due to the recent floods, and the expected die-off of kangaroos due to the insect borne virus over most of the Eastern States of Australia, we are now on the brink of losing our large kangaroos. What made the Government think that our icon was a 'renewable' source to kill at will? Why hasn't man learnt his lesson from past extinctions?
Man's encroachment of the land has had a fatal affect on many of the macropod species, particularly on the coastal areas of Australia. Many species are now locally extinct in areas where they used to inhabit. In my 23 years of specialising in macropod husbandry, I have seen many macropod species become locally extinct throughout areas of Queensland alone, and this has also occurred in other states.
Macropod species are actually already extinct in many of the regions they once inhabited only 20 years ago. PLEASE give them the chance to survive, as it is difficult enough with mankind taking the majority of suitable land that many species inhabit.
Lynda Staker

Too many kangaroo joeys are now coming into our care, some even from commerical killings. This needs to be addressed, it is disgraceful.
Marnie Bartley, Carnavon WA

Living on a farm I hear gunshots almost every night in the distance. Once I lived in an area of peace where children grew up and learned about wildlife through watching or caring for an orphaned. I hold a licence to rescue and care for wildlife and wonder each time I release one if they will survive to become a mum or dad or be shot by weekend campers out for the thrill of shooting.
Rachel Knowles, Mudgee NSW

I spend my life and my aged pension taking care of baby Kangaroos, that have lost their mothers. Also I go to schools to teach the children about taking care of our wildlife. I am devastated to hear the mindless cruuelty these wonderful animals are receiving, please please, help them.
Margaret James, Perth WA

i am a carer myself and i hate what they are doing to all of our wildlife mostly our kangaroos. I love them and have some here. They love me as their mum. I am in a wheelchair and i still look after them. We have the right to stop the killing of them, but no one will help us do that. It costs us a lot of money to look after just one bush baby without help from any one but us.
Christine Harris, Childers QLD

I am a carer of orphaned joeys, and I have seen some horrendous cases of how road kill and roo shooters leave the joeys. Even in small communities, I have noticed a big decline in a number of species. Some are now quite rare to see.
Sheila Firth, Collinsville QLD

I just watched the video of them being slaughtered. I cried. PLEASE STOP THIS CRUELTY before they are extinct. I have a wallaby that we saved from the fires a few years ago in the Grampians. We named her Crystal and she is the best pet you could have, if you ask me.
Debbie Yates, Vic

I am privileged & honoured to have a close association with macropods, however I am ashamed to be identified as an Australian when it comes to this topic. These beautiful native animals need to be protected not slaughtered. Australia as a society needs to be educated & enlightened. We have no justifiable reason to kill or endanger such beautiful animals which we also use to sell our country to the rest of the world. Ignorance is dangerous & shame on every person who turns a blind eye to this cause.
Louise Raymond NSW

I am an active licensed carer of macropods & as such have first hand experience in dealing with these beautiful native animals that suffer at the hands of uneducated, cruel people. This type of proactive class action & education is well overdue & must be addressed. These beautiful creatures feature on our coat of arms & their images sold to the world in promoting & advertising our country yet we sanction such barbaric killing. The hypocrisy must stop before it's too late!!!!!
Kereen Thomas NSW

As a Voluntary Wildlife Carer of more than 26 years I am still sick to my stomach at the ongoing cruelty that is inflicted on our beautiful native animals, especially our Kangaroos, When will it ever stop? I can not believe that this disgusting cruelty is allowed to continue, SHAME SHAME SHAME, AUSTRALIA!!
Trish Mutimer VIC

I am a wildlife carer and have respect for all our beautiful creatures. They have the same rights to life as humans. Why is it that the species of 7 billion is the most protected, that's ridiculous.
Steve Scott, Bindoon, WA

Having raised wallaroos I am amazed at their intelligence and affection. Each has a different personality. They are easily stressed and sensitive to their environment. The fact that they are chased, that their family groups are shattered, that they are killed so sporadically by local farmers and that no consideration for their welfare is made in the pursuit of more land and greater riches just weakens my faith in humans as compassionate beings. A solution must be found before it is too late.
Gina Walder, Coonamble NSW

I am a wildlife carer who has turned vegan to support and appreciate the life of animals as they all deserve to live their life to die of old age not for humans’ pleasure!
Sandra Moye, Kilkivan QLD

I have raised several roos from hairless to full grown, and they are the most endearing, loving creatures, with personality ++.  Please help them!!!
Linda Drage, Crystal Brook SA

Kangaroos have been subjected to extraordinary cruelty while a disinterested government looks on and gives support to the slaughterers of these animals. Why? Because someone is making a profit and when that happens, ethics and morality go out the window and all sorts of reasons are invented to continue the abuse and to sanitize it.
Ilona Roberts, NSW

As a wildlife carer, I find this practise of herding/coralling kangaroos & wallaroos for slaughter abhorrent and despicable. A kang/walla is a wild animal as mentioned in the petition - its instinct ISN'T that of a captive bred cow. When a kang/walla is fenced in they suffer what is known as ‘CAPTURE MYOPATHY’ which in these instances would inevitably cause death & it is a cruel, painful death. Most politicians seem to live in ignorant bliss - google ‘kangaroo capture myopathy’ and educate yourself please!!
Susan Marcin, Bakewell NT

I have raised orphaned and unwanted joeys some years ago in Western Australia, and I know first-hand how harsh and uncaring their handling and treatment can be. These are amongst the gentlest, most beautiful and unique creatures on our Earth, and deserve their freedom and native way of life.
Christine Larsen, Millicent SA

My wife and I have two joeys every one that shoots a kangaroo should have to bring up a joey and they would realize what incredible and unique animals they are.
Ross Parker, Lalbert VIC

These amazing animals are so underappreciated by Australians it is shameful. Our foreign visitors can’t believe how we slaughter these beautiful animals. Every Australian should care for a kangaroo, then they may have more compassion for them.
Rowena Walker, Coolgardie WA

As a wildlife shelter and living amongst the kangaroos and wallabies it it very touching to watch the interconnection between different members of the mobs of eastern greys. They truly are a gentle, social, loving animals. What a pity we only see them as vermin or want to eat them. If we opened our eyes stayed still and quiet and observed their behaviour we would see that they are not that different from our human family behaviour. So stop the killing of them!!!
Donna Jones, Loch Sport VIC

Areas of red kangaroo (commercial weight) habitat are being taken over by smaller doe wallaroos (non commercial weight), and the weakening of all the species by the taking of alpha specimens which have not achieved breeding age.
Colin Candy, QLD

As a wildlife carer and rescuer, we work hard to save the lives of our precious Kangaroos. In the blink of an eye, the years of hard work are erased. Will it take another 10 years before we realise that our Kangaroos are facing extinction ?
Carola Vamvakaris, Cooma NSW

After raising a joey and witnessing the time, money and care given by caregivers, what a shame the media and government don't support and encourage their tireless work. What a beautiful country we live in, be proud not destroy!!Valerie Hamilton, Bracken Ridge QLD

If you would care to take the time to go to a wildlife shelter and bottle feed an orphaned joey maybe then you too would feel enough compassion to stand up and fight for these magnificent creatures!
Rodney Lyon, Malvern E. VIC

How any Australian could feel proud of such barbaric acts is beyond me. I think that Canberra deserves to be targeted by a ‘No Go Zone’ by tourism operators. Maybe they could go out on a cull then the ban would spread very very fast. I have lots of overseas visitors and they come to me to see these kangaroos in the wild so why not exploit it instead of killing the roos.
Rosemary Tate, Rushworth VIC

This is a cruel and indefensible industry. It benefits only relatively few, whilst destroying our reputation internationally. The methods of killing joeys are brutal and disgusting. Any industry that needs to kill infant animals in such a way is not acceptable. The estimates of kangaroos are not done correctly, and the impact this industry is having on our wildlife is horrific.
Kathryn Keen, Bensville NSW

As a Wildlife carer for over 13 years it sickens me to the heart at the slaughter of our unique Wildlife and of our national emblems also our so called protected species. How we can call our selves human/humane beings is beyond comprehension. Is it not bad enough that we destroy their habitat and slaughter them on our roads, this inhumane slaughter has to stop now before all our wildlife is extinct.
Ann Young, Niagara Park, NSW

We cannot expect other countries to take us seriously when we express our concerns and outrage over their treatment of animals when we allow the wholesale inhumane slaughter of our wildlife. I have raised and released many orphaned joeys from such activity.
Bronwyn Daniel, Helensvale QLD

We have about 500 Kangaroos on our property. They are amazing animals each with their own personality. We treasure them and make sure they are safe.
Carmen Miley, Coombaba, QLD

Dawn Miller, Mackay, QLD

Please do something to stop this from happening. As a wildlife rescuer myself, it breaks my heart to think of what could happen should we not take any action.
Belinda Hall, Riddells, VIC

As a new wildlife carer and a resident of this country I'm disheartened that anyone could think of killing these beautiful amazing animals. They are intelligent creatures and the Australian landscape would be appalling without them. Please think about what we are doing.
Kris Farley, Clifton Beach, QLD

Kangaroos are the most gentle majestic animals I have ever worked with. They have a very unique family bond and it is very sad to see their family structure destroyed and these animals hunted down to the brink of extinction. Our Icon the Kangaroo is far more worth alive than dead. They are a protected species for us citizens and yet some business people are exempt form this rule because of a few dollars? The exploitation of these animals has to stop right now before it is too late.
Antje Struthmann, Ashmore, QLD

Kangaroos are not a herded animal, they cannot be rounded up and killed as other production animals are. The kangaroo harvesting industry and 'legal' and illegal culling practices are brutal to the adults they target and the orphaned juveniles and pouched joey offspring that are part of the indiscriminant 'collateral' cruelty. Kangaroo killing is perpetrated by small band of heartless individuals who gain pleasure and a few pieces of silver by stealth under cover of night. If you’re not seriously depressed about what is happening to the kangaroo in this country then you are not seriously concerned about its welfare or its future.
Steve Garlick, Bungendore, NSW

I am a native wildlife researcher and carer. The last roo i had i spent 3 months trying to find a slow release cage for to reintroduce him back to his natural environment. There are none, all in NSW shut down, WIRES EUTHANAZE ALL ROOS. Found a home for him at a wildlife reserve through a friend. This is a disgrace.
Vanessa Pearce, Bowrall NSW

Please let us live in harmony with, and have respect and compassion for, our natural heritage (and future generations' inheritance) before it is too late. Kangaroos are fascinating, gentle creatures that are one of the pillars of a multi-billion dollar tourist industry. Why put that at risk to satisfy a few cruel, greedy, short-sighted and unimaginative people?
Joanna Pagan, Sutton ACT

i am a carer and i do what i can to keep them all alive and they just want to kill them. I am not happy at all. I go and pick them up and do my very best to keep them alive. So please i hope that something can be done to help them. i would love to have them around for my grandkids’ kids and not just in a zoo.
Christine Harris, Childers, QLD

If this isn't sorted now it'll soon be too late! I am a wildlife rehabilitator AND I VOTE !
Margaret Christison, Acacia Ridge QLD