Morrisons: dump kangaroo meat!
Please note: the information below is now is for information only. Morrisons no longer stock kangaroo meat.
Please contact Morrisons and ask them to drop kangaroo meat. We have told them about the animal welfare, conservation and potential health risks yet they persist in selling it. Why campaign on kangaroos?
This trade will almost certainly lead to even more kangaroos being killed – and their babies and young shot or decapitated and then simply discarded. In other words, consumers are responsible not just for the death of the animal they consume – but also the death of her young. Around 20 per cent of kangaroos killed each year are female – which means around a million joeys are killed for the trade each year.
Undercooked kangaroo meat can be dangerous to human health – and especially pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. It can harbour Salmonella, E.coli and Toxoplasmosis from eating raw/undercooked meat containing parasitic cysts. Worryingly, Morrisons is instructing its customers to consume kangaroo meat ‘medium rare’.
Tell Morrisons to do the responsible thing and dump kangaroo meat. Copy and paste the message below (or even better write your own) and email to them at the following address:
Email Morrisons: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am horrified to hear that you are now selling kangaroo meat. Tesco have just removed it from shelves and you should, too. It is this trade which helps drive what is currently the biggest massacre of land animals on the planet.
Around six million kangaroos were earmarked for slaughter in 2013 (a massive increase of nearly two million from the previous year). This doesn’t include the baby kangaroos (joeys) that are not even used by the meat and leather industries, but are simply thrown away. An adult female kangaroo will usually have two youngsters with her: a baby kangaroo in pouch and an adolescent at foot. This slaughter is supposedly governed by guidelines. However, these guidelines advocate pulling baby joeys from their dying mother’s pouch and smashing them around the head and/or decapitating them. The adolescents are meant to be shot, but many will escape the carnage and die of predation from other wild animals. For almost every female kangaroo killed to fill your freezers with kangaroo meat, two other lives will be snuffed out. Around a million baby kangaroos die each year because of the trade in kangaroo parts. There can be no justification for this.
It is also impossible to truly assess the welfare of the adults that are shot, as this is invariably done at night in the Outback. Away from the glare of public scrutiny, millions are shot every year – and the Australian RSPCA has estimated that around 100,000 adults are not killed humanely and some may temporarily survive with horrific wounds, such as having their jaws shot off.
Most other UK supermarkets have pledged not to sell kangaroo meat and removed it from their shelves over a decade ago. Popularising the meat, as you are doing, will simply lead to more bloodshed.
Salmonella and E.coli levels can be high in kangaroo meat. So much so that Russia has banned imports. Infection with Toxoplasma gondii is a “significant problem” in kangaroos. Experts say that T. gondii infection in kangaroos is “… also of public health significance due to the kangaroo meat trade.” Kangaroo meat is not tested when it is imported into the UK. Humans can contract foodborne toxoplasmosis from eating raw/undercooked meat containing parasitic cysts. Worryingly, the instructions on the kangaroo meat that Morrisons sells actually instructs people to eat this meat “medium rare”. Have you made your customers aware of these risks? This is not the action of a responsible retailer.
Please follow the lead of other major businesses in the UK and pledge not to sell kangaroo meat. Until this happens, I will boycott your stores and encourage and of my friends and family to do likewise.
[Your name and address]”