|Statements in support of Viva! from Australia:
"Viva! is bringing the misery of our wildlife to the
world and we praise their work. We implore the British people
to support Viva!'s campaign to save our kangaroos from terrible
cruelty and greedy exploitation."
Maryland Wilson, Australian Wildlife Protection Council
"Animals Australia supports the vibrant work of Viva!
to expose the suffering of kangaroos in Australia. Unfortunately
too many Australians wrongly believe that kangaroos are in
large numbers and must be slaughtered.
"The killing is undertaken only because there is a market,
and dollars and rural votes are considered important by politicians.
If only those whose taste buds are excited by kangaroo flesh
could see the ghastly reality of the nightly killing of these
Glenys Oogjes (BBSc), Executive Director, Animals Australia
(umbrella body representing 37 animal protection groups in
"I support your campaign because huge numbers of pregnant
female kangaroos and their babies are being slaughtered every
night and families destroyed and scattered through the blood
lust of an indescribably cruel industry. Sellers of kangaroo
meat, in their greed for profits must take responsibility
for the horror inflicted on innocent wildlife. They are to
be condemned for supporting
what amounts to genocide of kangaroos merely to make 30 pieces
The Honourable Richard Jones, Member of the Legislative
Council, New South Wales
"I support Viva! because the kangaroo must be preserved
for future generations and protected from the insatiable demands
of the commercial kangaroo industry".
Marjorie Wilson, Kangaroo Protection Co-Operative
"The power of money has superseded wildlife management
principles. We support Viva!'s work to right that wrong."
Lindy Stacker, Australia Against Commercialisation of Wildlife
"The Vegan Society (NSW) wholeheartedly supports
the Viva! campaign to stop the kangaroo massacre in our country.
The unsupervised and often inept slaughter of this native
marsupial in the Australian outback, which routinely sees
joeys thrown carelessly from the pouch and left to die, is
a national disgrace. While cattle and sheep farming erode
the land and contribute substantially to the highest rate
of mammal extinctions in the world, this planet's largest
massacre of a national symbol remains indefensible".
Vegan Society of New South Wales
"Viva!'s efforts to stop the sale and consumption of
kangaroo meatin the UK are of utmost importance to the success
of our campaigns here.
"The industry is bent on exploiting and killing our kangaroos
into extinction. It cannot succeed, however, unless it is
assured of a thriving export market, since kangaroo meat at
home is neither popular nor expensive. No wonder industry
representatives saw red and reacted with indignant defensiveness
at Viva!'s success with Tesco followed by Juliet Gellatley's
speaking tour of Australia.
"We fully support Viva!. Together we can make our voices
heard across national boundaries for the preservation of indigenous
wildlife is a global issue."
Rheya Linden, AnimalActive! (Vic)
"For Australia to sell kangaroo meat to the UK not
only countenances cruelty for profit but holds Australia up
as barbaric in its treatment of animals. It smacks of hypocrisy
to hold up the kangaroo as our emblem and slaughter them in
their millions for profit."
Lynda Stoner, Animal Liberation (NSW)
"The International Fund for Animal Welfare wholeheartedly
supports Viva!'s work to stop the massacre of kangaroos for
meat and skin.
"The killing of kangaroos is the largest wildlife slaughter
in the world and involves unavoidable and sickening cruelty".
Sally Wilson, IFAW Australia
"I applaud Viva!'s tireless work to stop the indefensible
slaughter of our native wildlife for meat".
Andrew Bartlett, Australian Democrat Senator for Queensland
"Animal Liberation Victoria totally supports Viva!'s
vigorous campaign alerting the public to the cruel slaughter
of Australia's kangaroos. The nightime massacre with spotlights,
guns and axes of these gentle marsupials is the largest wildlife
slaughter in the world and an international disgrace. The
bloodshed and brutality must stop and we plead to people around
the world to help save the kangaroos."
Patty Mark, Animal Liberation (Vic)
"Every night while Australia sleeps, 10,000 kangaroos
are massacred for profit. We cannot remain silent in the face
of this ongoing abuse of sentient beings. Animal Liberation
NSW applauds Viva's campaign to raise public awareness and
bring an end to this terrible slaughter."
Margaret Setter, Animal Liberation (NSW)
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