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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Australia's Kangaroo Cull Draw Fire From Activists

The Australian Government recently announce a plan to kill 400 kangaroos.

Sydney - Animal rights activists declared themselves human shields Saturday and vowed to prevent authorities from killing kangaroos which have overrun a Canberra military base. Last week the Australian government enraged animal lovers by approving the killing of around 400 kangaroos at risk of death from starvation.

Contractors have been engaged to shoot the kangaroos with tranquilizing darts and then kill them with lethal injections.

"We are all determined to see that the kangaroos aren't killed," protest organizer Pat O'Brien said. "There's a lot of anger in a lot of people about this, and that's what it will come to - we will stand between the kangaroo and the darts if necessary."

O'Brien, president of the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia, urged authorities to go back to their original plan, which was to round up the animals and shift them to an area where there is enough food for them.

Environment Minister Peter Garrett, the former Midnight Oil singer, said he was unmoved by threats from London-based animal welfare group Viva! to organize an international boycott of Australian goods and services if the cull goes ahead.

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