California ban on kangaroo imports returns

September 14, 2015

kangarooA California ban on the import of kangaroo parts will return next year after an eight-year hiatus. [Guardian]

The trade of kangaroo parts currently comprises a $200 million industry in California. Kangaroo skins are used to make some shoes and gloves. Australia also exports kangaroo meat, and some of it is used to make pet food.

In 1971, California banned the import of kangaroo products. The state adopted a moratorium in 2007 that lifted the ban.

The moratorium expires at the end of 2015. Assemblyman Mike Gipson introduced a bill to extend kangaroo trade in California, but the state’s legislative session ended Friday without the proposal passing.

The ban on kangaroo imports will return despite a lobbying effort by the Australian government. Australia’a department of agriculture reportedly paid $143,000 to the Kangaroo Industry of Australia, which was then supposed to give the money to American firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips in order to lobby members of the Legislature.

Kim Beazley, Australia’s ambassador to the United States, also advocated for the continuation of kangaroo trade in California. Beazley has stated the four species of kangaroos that are harvested have a population of about 50 million, or twice the human population of Australia.

Opponents of the kangaroo trade say it is cruel and that kangaroos are not as abundant as the Australian government claims.

“Californians want nothing to do with Australia’s massive commercial slaughter of millions of these wonderful creatures every year,” said Wayne Pacelle, the chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States.


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laftch

What they said^.


flytrap

All you guys miss the point. California HAS to ban kangaroo parts since we HAVE to maintain our reputation as the big loonies of the US (and the world) and reinforce the fact that we are all cuckoo here in the Golden State! After all, it is quite comforting knowing that

we are the laughing stock of the rest of the US.


Paso_Guy
NorthCountyGuy

HSUS is a fund-raising fraud and Wayne Pacelle is a fund-raising fraudster.,


Thank you, Wayne Pacelle, for our $5 per dozen eggs.


abigchocoholic

Californians want nothing to do with Australia’s massive commercial slaughter of millions of these wonderful creatures every year,” said Wayne Pacelle, the chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States

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What creatures aren’t wonderful Wayne?


topper01

The solution is simple. Give each Kangaroo their very own name and run an obituary each time one is killed. By individualizing them you will get public support just like with…. oh what’s his name, you know that lion dude.


NorthCountyGuy

Wayne Pacelle is a pathological liar.


aft50s

Since when does Wayne Pacelle speak for Californians?


I am a Californian and he didn’t ask me how I felt.


Perhaps he was too busy ripping off the public and lying to those souls who donate to HSUS – they have one of the worst records of any non-profit in America.


NorthCountyGuy

The animal rights wackos of H.S.U.S. strike again.