Animal welfare issues surrounding the commercial harvesting of kangaroos have generated debate for many years. A survey of kangaroo shooting code compliance by RSPCA Australia concluded that research urgently needs to be conducted into the most humane methods of disposing of pouch young and dependent young-at-foot. Given the importance of animal welfare to the general public, this issue required addressing.
This project provides objective welfare measures, which could be used to develop agreed best practice methods.
The results of the project will be relevant to regulators of the commercial kangaroo harvest, the kangaroo industry, and also the general public.