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Kangaroo pet food scheme permanent under Nationals

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has welcomed the Liberal Nationals’ commitment to make Victoria’s kangaroo pet food trial permanent and extend it to Gippsland.

Mr O’Brien has been calling for the Andrews Labor Government to expand the program to include Gippsland to end the current shameful situation where carcasses of culled kangaroos must be left to rot.

“The benefits of processing kangaroo carcasses for pet food has stopped unnecessary waste and created a supply channel for high quality pet food,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Since the program commenced under The Nationals' trial in 2014, 87,000 kangaroos have been processed that would of otherwise been left in the paddock to rot. This has helped create jobs in regional areas and made kangaroo control easier for farmers.

“The trial, which allows only legally harvested kangaroo carcasses to be processed for pet food, is due to expire in March.”

Mr O’Brien said the Andrews Labor Government refuses to provide any certainty by supporting this industry but the Nationals will, if elected in November.

“Landholders across Gippsland South want the kangaroo pet food program to continue,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Kangaroos are a wonderful part of the Australian landscape but we need to make sure numbers don’t become unsustainable.”

Under the permanent program, there will not be any change to the requirement for "Authority to Control Wildlife" permits to be issued for any kangaroos used as pet food.

Figures show kangaroo numbers are on the rise in Australia, increasing from about 27 million in 2010 to almost 45 million in 2016.

“Unlike Labor, the Liberal Nationals are committed to helping Victorian farmers, making sure processors have confidence to invest in the industry and supporting existing and future jobs," Mr O'Brien said.

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