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September 5, 2010 / Amy Bradney-George

Meat Market Eating Away at Overpopulation

Kangaroos are one of the animals currently considered to be overpopulating Australia

There was a lot of controversy when the marketing of kangaroo meat went into overdrive as a way of culling the massive populations, with animal rights groups calling for more humane treatment of these national icons. It’s always seemed strange to me, to eat a meat from animals I grew up feeding for fun, but at the same time I still believe in an “each to their own” philosophy when it comes to what we eat.

What I didn’t realise was that this method of population control might end up applied to different animals in Australia.

Recently, while catching up on news from home, I came across this story outlining a plan to make camel meat a household staple in Australia. Apparently there are a million camels running feral in the outback, so the Camel Industry Association has started promoting camel burgers, sausages, steaks and pet meat in the hopes it will become a nationwide demand.

Of course there will be controversy around the move, just as there is/was for the kangaroos, but as I read the article I couldn’t help but think “is this an Australian thing?” Are we adopting an eat-your-problems-away attitude towards animals in Australia?

With rabbits, kangaroos and now camels on the menu, I can’t help but wonder what will be next. Indian Minas are a problem, with the tiny birds edging out our native species, and then there’s feral cats and dogs to consider as well. I’m curious to see how far we can take this eating solution trend before it gets out of hand…

Now, what about a hearty cane toad stew?

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  1. Therapy Monkey / Sep 5 2010 2:30 am

    Thought provoking piece.
    I agree and I think the kangaroo problem is only a problem becasue we are farming more and more land leaving less and less for them. So lets just shoot them until we are content the prob is solved.
    How about some koala kebabs?

  2. Kat / May 6 2011 12:35 pm

    The problem is the pain and suffering animals are subjected to when it comes to factory farming.
    Check out http://www.meat.org and Meet Your Meat.

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