International Film Festival Review: Kangaroo 5 stars (is there anything Australians can’t ruin?)


Aborigines, Rebel Wilson and now kangaroos?

Is there anything white Australians can’t ruin?

The Directors evening last night for the documentary ‘Kangaroo’ for the International Film Festival was eye opening and pretty graphic.

I grew up as a kid in Australia watching Skippy. This is not Skippy.

For a country that is so identified with the Kangaroo, I just assumed there would be some deep love for the marsupial, but that’s just not the case.

The malevolent violence that some Australians seem to enjoy when it comes to slaughtering kangaroos is historic and very present in todays culture.

The myth that kangaroos compete for food with sheep has been allowed to become a justification for butchering over a million kangaroos every year.

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The shocking brutality of the Industry is graphically covered, not only does the violence breach the law, it’s the diabolical hygiene issues with the meat itself that makes the entire project so counter productive.

Hunts in Summer can mean roo carcass are kept at temperatures overnight that automatically start rotting. The levels of E Coli in the meat is beyond any level acceptable in other meat industry and yet they continue to sell a toxic product using a claim of ‘sustainability’ that is difficult to justify.

If you thought the way the Saudi’s arrive at how much oil surplus they still have is creative math, you should see the convoluted joke that is the Kangaroo Industry.

They create ridiculous math equations to claim there are still 30million kangaroos in the wild, but scrutiny of that equation reveals a system that is generated to create the perception that there is a huge number of kangaroos in the wild so the industry can continue.

If people had any idea of the level of cruelty used to kill the kangaroos in the first place, that the meat is terribly unhygienic and that the pretence of sustainability a lie, there would be no kangaroo market.

This doco is as important to Australia as The Cove has been for Japan.



  1. I’ve been aware of the cruelty to kangaroos for quite a few years now. It must stand as one of the greatest cruelties ever perpetuated on animals anywhere. It is up there with bear bile farming in China, or the dog meat trade, or the pick axing of baby fur seals in Canada. The kangaroos are hunted and shot by often inexperienced hoons and the baby roos are left to die in their dead mother’s pouch or be predated on. Its beyond horrific and this is a sophisticated sentient animal. Speciesism at its worst.

  2. How a country treats its animals is indicative …Australia has a bad record

    I could hardly bear to watch ‘ The Cove’ ….and dont know if I can watch this ….but it is good to bring it to our attention.

  3. Here are the true facts regarding kangaroo “culls”. The thing is, when you Google kangaroo numbers you get mostly news stories saying their numbers are increasing – even though a mother can only produce one baby per year and babies drop during severe droughts etc. So no only is this an indictment on Australians slaughtering kangaroos, it is also an indictment on the media

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