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Do People Care About the Other Crisis Killing Koalas & Kangaroos?

January 27, 2020

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By Ashley Capps

As Australia’s unprecedented bushfires continue to rage, heartbreaking images of scorched koalas and charred kangaroos have devastated viewers around the globe. An estimated 1 billion or more animals have died in the fires, but it’s the pitiful photos of flame-chewed koalas being carried from the blaze like bewildered, beat-up babies that have perhaps most captured our collective sympathy and despair; along with the images of beleaguered kangaroos, their normally genial silhouettes frozen in panic against a backdrop of roaring orange.

It is unbearable to witness.

Thankfully, these same images have also inspired millions of people to donate to rescue groups on the ground retrieving animals from the fires and tending to their injuries. But as the surge of combined sorrow and sympathy for these iconic animals swells around the world, I find myself wondering: What about the other crisis that is killing Australia’s koalas and kangaroos, and in even greater numbers?

The World Wildlife Fund reports an estimated 45 million animals are killed each year in the Australian state of Queensland alone just from bulldozing of their habitat, a crisis they note is driven primarily by the livestock industry.” In just 4 years, between 2012 and 2016, bulldozing of trees killed at least 5,183 koalas in the state. Queensland RSPCA’s Mark Townend notes, “The mass suffering, injury and needless deaths of wild animals caused by the bulldozing of their forest homes is largely hidden but it is Queensland’s greatest animal welfare crisis.”

Queensland had the largest koala population on the continent in 1990, with an estimated 295,000; but in just 20 years that number decreased by more than 40%, while on the Koala Coast, 80% of these animals have been lost. Thousands of koalas continue to be killed each year as more forests are cleared for cattle grazing in response to consumer demand for beef. But it’s not just Queensland. In Australia as a whole, “beef cattle production is the major driver of tree-clearing.”

Millions of Kangaroos Killed for Burgers & Beef

The same industry is also terrorizing and destroying kangaroos en masse. Since the year 2000, an average of more than two million kangaroos per year have been shot by commercial shooters for the meat industry.

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this tragic loss of life is harder to deny
when the staggering numbers
are posted daily before
our eyes.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 27, 2020 7:09 am

    this tragic loss of life is harder to deny
    when the staggering numbers
    are posted daily before
    our eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 27, 2020 12:46 pm

    It is horrible to think about the consequences. And you are right to raise the issue of killing/exterminating to make way for “slaughter” farms to meet the demand of carnivores.
    It is an embarrassing discussion that everywhere on the planet we try to avoid. But it is a fact.
    Of course, what is now happening in Australia is terrifying because of drought (caused by climate change – while in other parts of the planet hurricanes devastate entire areas)…
    We are faced with a global emergency, and there are still assholes to deny that everything is caused by a climate change due to anthropogenic cause!

    Liked by 2 people

    • January 27, 2020 2:15 pm

      Sadly, people feel threatened by actions that underscore the emergency that is climate change, it’s as if their egos are personally attacked when they’re presented with the damning evidence. They don’t care about animals and they don’t care about humans, they’re only interested in furthering the status quo. And yes, they are absolutely acting in an anthropocentric manner, both in causation and denial.

      Thanks, beautiful Claudine. xox

      Liked by 1 person

  3. January 28, 2020 3:44 am

    Heaven forbid people should have to give up their burgers! It’s so much easier to feel for the plight of the koalas when the link between our own actions and their plight is less obvious.

    Liked by 1 person


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