#AceNewsReport – Feb.12: Two US Congressmen have developed the Kangaroo Protection Act,which will look to stop the sale of kangaroo skin primarily used to make football boots in the United States:
‘US Congress to consider ban on kangaroo skin and meat, as the trade into the United States could be halted under a bill introduced next week’
ABC News – Posted 11h ago
“Unfortunately, this is another situation where internationally, it’s a disgrace and it’s an embarrassment for Australia that we have to have overseas countries making ethical decisions for the way we treat animals,” Mr Pearson said.
New South Wales Animal Justice Party MP Mark Pearson said it represented a significant shake-up of the kangaroo trade.
“This is extremely significant, and it will have quite an impact on the industry that it will only be a matter of time that the rest of the United States will follow what California has already done.”
The US bill was introduced by representative Salud Carbajal, (Democratic party, California) and representative Brian Fitzpatrick (Republican party, Pennsylvania).
Mr Carbajal’s home state of California has banned the import of kangaroo products since 2016.
Mr Pearson said there was no place for kangaroo products in markets like the US.
“This is the Australian icon — it’s on our coat of arms and what this industry is doing is the largest slaughter of any land-dwelling mammal in the world,” he said.
“We can’t have this going on in the backyard of Australia.
“We’ve just had bushfires that have wiped out billions of animals.”
Peak commercial kangaroo body says bill could destroy industry
Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia executive officer Dennis King said the US Congress bill was misguided.
“No threatened species of kangaroos are commercially harvested in Australia and nor are kangaroos harvested for their hides,” Mr King said.
“Their hides come off as part of the process when the kangaroos are being processed for their meat for human consumption and for pet food.
“There are 50 different species of kangaroos in Australia and we are allowed by law to harvest six of them that are abundant.”Loading
Mr King said the commercial kangaroo industry made approximately $200 million in sales a year and employed around 3,000 people who are mostly Indigenous and live in remote and rural communities.
He said if the Kangaroo Protection Bill was passed in the US, it would have a large impact on the industry.
“It has the potential to destroy the industry here as we know it,” he said.
“It would severely cut down the opportunity to harvest the animals and these skins would end up being left to rot on the ground.”
Mr King said he had arranged meetings with the Federal Trade and Agriculture Minister for later in the month to try to stop the bill.
“We’ll be working with the National Farmers Federation to try to get a concerted approach from the Australian rural industry because this affects industries right across the board.”
#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Feb.12: 2021:
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