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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 magnificent animals.”
Glenys Oogjes (BBSc), Executive Director, Animals Australia (umbrella body representing 37 animal protection groups in Australia)

“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 of silver.”
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“The power of money has superseded wildlife management principles.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 meat in 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! Australia

“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)

“The kangaroo is a symbol of Australia. A bloody symbol of a nation whose leaders turned away from their moral, social and environmental responsibility. The kangaroos fate is deliberate, politically induced extinction so that a few may gain from the death of a species.” 
Australian Wildlife Protection Council


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20. Australian RSPCA, letter to Viva!, 29 September 1997
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23. Personal communication from Maryland Wilson, AWPC, to Juliet Gellatley, Viva!, 21 April 2001
24. Export push fuels boom for Roo Meat, Canberra Times, 24 June 1999
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26. Slack-Smith, Kangaroo Industry, Legislative Assembly Hansard Extract, 10 April 2001
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34. Jones, R., Vigil for Australia’s Disappearing National Emblem, Media release, 1 June 2001
35. Obendorf, D, private communication with Juliet Gellatley, 13 June 2001
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44. Reilly, D., From Conservation to Exploitation in South Australia, The Kangaroo Betrayed, National Kangaroo Campaign, Hill of Content Publishing, 1999, 70-73
45. Douez, S., Activists Condemn Kangaroo Cull Quota, The Age, 9 January 2002
46. email to Michelle Preston, Viva! staff member, 27 July 2003
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50. Pat O’Brien, WPAA
53. The Times newspaper, June 1, 2002
55. email to Claudia Tarry, Viva! staff member, 17 July 2003
58. letter from Tony Stephens, SFX Sports Group, to Viva!, dated 04 February 2003
59. The Independent newspaper, 2 February 2003
61. The Sunday Times newspaper, 14 August 2005
62. The Daily Express newspaper, 15 August 2005
64. Hunt begins in new kangaroo zones, Australian Daily Telegraph, December 10 2003
65. Too few roos to go around, Australian Daily Telegraph, December 12 2003
67. Roos in sights, BBC Wildlife Magazine, August 2004
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