The Code is a national document intended to guide regulation of humane harvesting practices for the commercial kangaroo industry in Australia. It sets an achievable expected standard for the commercial industry that is backed by evidence-based policy and reinforces the commitment of all parties to the welfare of kangaroos and wallabies.
During the review, extensive and diverse input was gathered from leading animal welfare and kangaroo harvesting experts, state and federal government, the kangaroo and pastoral industries, harvesters, animal welfare groups and the public.
Public consultation attracted 17,148 individual and group contributions, including nearly 5,000 email submissions.
The revisions remove any ambiguity and address the minimisation of harm to dependent young, the requirements and qualifications of harvesters and the restrictions on firearms and ammunition.
The 2020 Code sets a benchmark for kangaroo harvesters to follow and provides a basis on which to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills. It can be used to help audit harvesting practices, to inform policy decisions and to educate the general public.
“We are pleased with how the agricultural sector and animal welfare groups were able to respectfully and rationally reach an outcome that will improve the welfare of kangaroos and wallabies,” AgriFutures Australia General Manager Research John Smith said.
“Moving forward, we will be working closely with state regulators and the industry to ensure everyone is across the changes.”
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