Kangaroo pet food trial permanent under Nationals
14 February 2018
The Nationals will make Victoria’s kangaroo pet food trial a permanent scheme if elected in November, securing jobs in Seymour and Stanhope.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan joined Nationals leader Peter Walsh to make the announcement in Seymour yesterday.
Ms Ryan, who has been calling for the Andrews Government to take the step since her election in 2014, said The Nationals would expand the program to all rural and regional LGAs, up from the 16 LGAs taking part in the current trial.
Since the program started, about 87,000 kangaroos have been processed, instead of being left in the paddock to rot.
“Landholders across our region want the kangaroo pet food program to be guaranteed,” Ms Ryan said.
“It has provided valuable employment across the region with knackeries at both Stanhope and Seymour processing the meat for pet food.
“The program also encourages control measures to be carried out by professional shooters.
“Kangaroos are a wonderful part of the Australian landscape but we need to make sure numbers don’t become unsustainable.”
Ms Ryan said many landholders had contacted her seeking information about the current program which is due to expire in March.
Under the permanent program, there will not be any change to the requirement for Authority to Control Wildlife permits to be issued for any kangaroos used as pet food.
Figures show kangaroo numbers are on the rise in Australia, increasing from about 27 million in 2010 to almost 45 million in 2016.
Mr Walsh said the commitment would make the former Liberal Nationals government’s successful kangaroo pet food trial permanent.
“The kangaroo pet food industry doesn’t need another extension, it needs certainty,” Mr Walsh said.
“Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government refuse to support this fledgling industry and the jobs it’s created.
“Unlike Labor, the Liberal Nationals are committed to helping Victorian farmers, making sure processors have confidence to invest in the industry and supporting existing and future jobs.”