WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: Eleven decapitated kangaroo heads were discovered on a property in New South Wales last month.
A video of the heads and what appears to be intestines laying on the grass was posted to the Kangaroos Alive Facebook group on December 9.
The charity organisation was founded this year in “dedication to the protection and celebration of kangaroos.”
The graphic video shows an unnamed man with Kangaroos Alive inspecting the heads, which they claim was the work of a commercial harvester who visited three properties on November 29.
Many of the animals didn’t have a bullet wound to the head and had been beaten to death after they were initially shot, the man said.
“He was shot in the neck and immobilised on the ground to the point where the shooter could approach him and put his boot on him and belt him with an iron bar,” he said while holding one of the kangaroo heads in his hand.
“They can’t seem to achieve the kill shot that the industry promotes.”
The man also found a bag carrying 50 kangaroo tags and corresponding tags. The man said a label on the bag said it was one of 20.
“That’s a lot of kangaroos,” he said.
Commercial harvesting allows landholders to hire a licensed harvester to remove kangaroos from their properties under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
“Kangaroos must be harvested in accordance with licence conditions and the national code of practice for the humane shooting of kangaroos and wallabies for commercial purposes,” according to the NSW Government.
Kangaroos can only be shot with an approved firearm – not self loading or semi-automatic rifles.
“More than one kangaroo or wallaby in a mob may be shot before the carcases are retrieved by the shooter, provided that the shooter is certain that each kangaroo or wallaby is dead before another is targeted. Where an individual kangaroo or wallaby is injured, no further animals can be shot until all reasonable efforts have been made to locate and kill the injured animal,” the code reads.
“If a female kangaroo or wallaby is shot then any dependent young at foot must be shot as soon as possible.”
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