|Tuesday, May 20, 2008|
Australian Political Hypocrites Order "Final Solution" on Kangaroos
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
What has the slaughter of kangaroos by the government of Australia have to do with whales?
Only six months ago, so many of us were elated to see the government of Kevin Rudd and Peter Garrett elected to the Parliament of Australia.
A great many Australians voted Labor because of the promise to take a strong stand against illegal Japanese whaling. Unfortunately the strong anti-whaling stand got wimpified pretty darn fast and has now been reduced to posturing and posing.
Ahh politicians - the incredible jellyfish that walk like men with promises spewing from their sleazy lips up until the moment that they get elected and then it's - up yours suckers, and thanks for the votes.
That's when they begin to dance to the tune of their real masters, the banks and the corporations. And if not making good on their campaign promise to protect the whales is not bad enough, the Australian government is now handing the Japanese whalers a public relations gift in the form of a kangaroo slaughter.
Not that the Japanese care much for kangaroos - they don't. But they can smell out hypocrisy, and for the Australian government to be slaughtering defenseless kangaroos while condemning Japanese whaling is to be blunt - hypocritical.
Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett obviously is no longer worried about burning beds and is defending the slaughter by saying the kangaroo cull is based on "sound scientific management principles."
That sounds vaguely familiar. Ah yes, I remember now. According to the Japanese Cetacean Research Institute the slaughter of the whales is based on "sound scientific management principles."
Like Japan, Australia has not produced any scientific evidence backing their position that culling kangaroos is necessary. Indigenous animals are not a threat to the environment. Sheep and cows on the other hand are destructive meadow maggots and land lice, but there is no culling programs for them. Instead the national symbol of the nation is on death row in what is the largest slaughter of a terrestrial wild land animal on the planet.
Peter Garrett himself quite rightly pointed out that the slaughter of the whales is barbaric and cruel and was especially upset about the image of a whale mother and calf being hauled up the slipway of the Japanese factory ship the Nisshin Maru. Yet the slaughter of the kangaroos is horrifically cruel and joeys are bashed to death with a metal pipe or decapitated.
The Japanese media pounced on the Australian government endorsed kangaroo massacre like pesky Victorian flies on pedestrians with images and stories "exposing" the hypocrisy of Australia. And it's not a fair accusation because most Australians oppose the killing of the kangaroos.
As for Peter Garrett, his political ambitions have blinded him to the cruelty endorsed by his own government policies while he pontificates about barbaric Japanese whaling operations. It's bad enough that millions of kangaroos are slaughtered across the nation but this week it is the Australian government killing 400 kangaroos simply because they are on Department of Defense land. The kangaroos could be moved but the government rejected that idea preferring to reject kindness for hypocrisy. *(insert photo of Kangaroos here)
In February when I was on the Steve Irwin down in the Australian Whale Sanctuary a reporter for Asahi News in Japan called me on the Sat phone to say, "Why are you against eating whale when you eat kangaroo every day."
After pointing out that my ship is a vegan vessel I said that not only did we not eat kangaroos, I had never met an Australian that had eaten one. I know that Greenpeace Australia has been advocating a kill of three million kangaroo every year to reduce beef consumption but Australians don't seem very wild about the idea.
But the bottom line is that if the Australian government is going to at least be giving lip service to opposing the slaughter of the whales, you would think they would stop being the billy calling the wok black.
The Australian government endorsed slaughter of kangaroos on public land is cruel, scientifically unjustified and down right hypocritical.
And Rudd and Garrett should know better.
For a video report, see: http://www.livenews.com.au/MultimediaPopUp.aspx?id=69262&cat=11
Also please write to the Sydney Morning Herald, The AGE, AUSTRALIAN, HERALD SUN, CANBERRA TIMES ...and if you can, contact your local radio and express how you feel about this barbaric way our wildlife is treated.
Here are some points you might wish to stress in your letters and/or calls:
You might also like to contact the RSPCA . RSPCA supports this slaughter "We have always wanted an outcome centred around maximizing animal welfare," RSPCA obviously must be saying that the killing these kangaroos is for their own good!!!!!. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them what you think about their hypocritical stand on welfare of animals.The CEO of RSPCA Australia is Heather Neil ph: 6282 8300, fax 02 6282 8311 email: email@example.com