Animal Rights Activists Outraged Over Kangaroo Shootings

May 9, 2009

Australia (ChattahBox) – Animal rights activists are protesting in Australia this week after the army began their plans to shoot and kill 6,000 of the wild marsupials.

The action was a preventative measure against overpopulation, and as protection for endangered insect and plant life in the 7,400 acre area in Canberra, officials said Tuesday.

The Defense Department took a similar measure in 2008, after at attempt at shooting 400 kangaroos was stopped by Animal Liberation, a local animal protection watchdog and activist group that has once again spoken out against the extermination.

“We’re not going to sit back and let it happen,” the president of the group, Bernard Brennan, said.

So far, the process of thinning the population is set to continue until August, when they hope to have killed 6,000 kangaroos.


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