Victoria agrees to cull 50,000 more kangaroos than last year despite unknown flood impact | Victoria

Victoria signed on to a plan to increase the number of kangaroos legally killed in the state by a third, in a move criticized by animal welfare advocates.

The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action released a report on the state’s commercial kangaroo harvesting program and Wildlife Control Authority permitting scheme.

It recommends increasing the number of gray kangaroos culled to harvest for their meat to 166,730 for 2023, a 30% increase from last year.

The number of permits granted to landowners to shoot kangaroos is set to rise by 19% to 69,600.

In all, the overall share of kangaroos to be culled increased by 27% – from 185,850 in 2022 to 236,350 in 2023.

The increased share was derived from aerial surveys in September and October of last year within the state’s seven kangaroo harvesting regions.

Of these, the number of gray kangaroos has been estimated statewide at 2.4 million with a recommended culling target of 10% of the total.

“The abundance of gray kangaroos within non-forest parts of Victoria increased by approximately 24% compared to that reported from the 2020 aerial survey, with notable increases in clear point estimates in five of the seven harvesting areas,” the report stated. .

“This increase was most likely due to the mild to moderate wet conditions that Victoria has experienced over the past two years.

“The increase in the number of gray kangaroos has led to an increase in the total number of kangaroos allowed.”

Georgie Purcell, an MP for the newly elected Animal Justice party, said kangaroos had suffered natural disasters such as floods in the past 12 months.

“It is completely remiss of the Victorian Government to accept a population report which does not include this at all,” she said.

“We don’t know how many kangaroos have been lost in unprecedented flooding across Victoria, yet the government has approved a 27% increase.”

The AAP has contacted the department for comment.

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