An open letter to the Canberra Community concerning the killing of kangaroos

 
We the undersigned believe the need for a mass killing of kangaroos by the ACT Government is ill-thought-out and cannot be substantiated. The analysis in support of such a program fails the tests of good science, conservation, animal welfare, economy and humanity.
 
We understand that: No causal evidence of any rigorous kind has been provided that directly links kangaroo grazing on Canberra nature reserves with the demise of other small threatened species; No assessment of the subjective lives of native animals in Canberra’s nature reserves is provided as a clue to their survival; No commonly used non-lethal management tools have been advocated by those who believe in the negative impact of the current kangaroo population on the rest of the environment, despite considerable evidence over many years and in many places that they are effective.
 
The decision to proceed with the killing disregards the extreme brutality of the killing process. There has been no assessment of the impact of mass native animal killings on the local economy and society and our view is that these costs are substantial.
 
The scientifically substantiated appreciation of other animals’ cognitive, emotional and psychological capacities requires that we break the cycle of violence of conventional management methods. Abandoning such measures offers a unique opportunity to find innovative solutions which promote sustainability and reflect the desire of communities for peaceful coexistence with other creatures on the planet.
We therefore call for an immediate cessation of the mass killing of these native animals, and for a full and truly independent examination of the above-listed and other relevant matters by respected professionals.
Pam Ahern, Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary, Victoria
 
Dr Rosemary Austen, kangaroo rehabilitation and translocation expert, medical practitioner, ACT
 
Dr Jonathan Balcombe, biologist, author, Animal Studies Dept (Chair), Humane Society University, Washington D.C. (USA)
 
Marc Bekoff, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder (USA)
 
Carolyn Drew, MA, regional director, Institute for Critical Animal Studies, ACT
 
Lara Drew, PhD Candidate, University of Canberra
 
Ray Drew, MA, wildlife photographer
 
Dr Dror Ben-Ami, co-founder and lead researcher, Centre of Compassionate Conservation, University of Technology, Sydney,
 
Jeffrey G Borchers, PhD, LPC, ecologist, The Kerulos Center (USA)
 
Dr Melissa Boyde, Australasian Animal Studies Association; Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Law Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong
 
Gay Bradshaw, PhD (ecology), PhD (psychology), CEO, The Kerulos Center (USA)
 
David Brooks, author, editor, Hon. A/Prof, University of Sydney
 
JM Coetzee, writer
 
Claire Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, Pennsylvania State University (USA)
 
Dr Margo DeMello, Animals & Society Institute (USA)
 
Jim Everett, First Nations activist, Australia
 
Katrina Fox, journalist and author
 
Professor Steve Garlick, PhD, University of Technology, Sydney
 
Stephen Graham, LLB, Virtual Lawyers and Mediators Pty Ltd
 
Dr Jason Grossman, philosopher of science
 
Naomi Henry, Voiceless Council
 
Melanie Joy, PhD, Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston; President, Beyond Carnism; Author
 
Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Modern Greek Studies, University of Sydney
 
John Kinsella, author, Professorial Research Fellow, UWA; Professor of Sustainability and Literature, Curtin University
 
Lawyers for Animals
 
David Malouf, writer
 
Clare Mann, psychologist, author, Managing Director of Communicate31
 
Jeffrey Masson, Ph.D., author
 
Alex Miller, writer
 
Raymond Mjadwesch, ecologist
 
Alison Moore, Ph.D., Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong
 
Nic Nassuet, singer/songwriter (USA)
 
Mark Pearson, member, NSW Legislative Council
 
Teja Brooks Pribac, The Kerulos Center; PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
 
Daniel Ramp, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Compassionate Conservation, University of Technology, Sydney
 
Tracy Ryan, author
 
Stephen Sewell, playwright 
 
Lynda Stoner, Animal Liberation NSW
 
Bill Taylor, Ph.D., retired CSIRO plant scientist
 
Maria Taylor, Ph.D. science communication, author, newspaper publisher
 
Associate Professor Nik Taylor, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University, South Australia
 
Marianne Thieme, Leader & Chair, Party for the Animals, The Netherlands
 
Dr Christine Townend, author, founder Animal Liberation NSW, co-founder Animals Australia
 
Dr Richard Twine, Co-Director, Centre for Human-Animal Studies, Edge Hill University (UK)
 
Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel, Ph.D., Socio-Legal Studies and Human Rights, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney
 
Brenda Walker, writer, Winthrop Professor of English and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia
 
Bren Weatherstone, M.Env Sci., teacher (ACT)
 
Elizabeth Webby, Professor Emerita, Australian Literature, University of Sydney
 
Dr Richard J. White, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
 
Professor Stuart White, Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
 
Phil Wollen, OAM, Founder of Winsome Constance Kindness Trust
 
Gypsy Wulff, Teacher, Author, Publisher, Founder of Spirit Wings Humane Education Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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