Red Kangaroo

kangarooThe red kangaroo is an iconic symbol of the Australian outback. It is the largest living land mammal in Australia, standing up to two metres tall. They are found throughout western and central Australia in scrubland, grassland and desert.

Red kangaroos are abundant and have benefited from the spread of agriculture and the associated man-made water sources. Australian wildlife is protected by law, however some farmers are permitted to shoot them as pests and there is a regulated commercial meat and hide industry.

Some people question the idea of eating the national animal emblem, while others suggest that the farming of kangaroos is much more practical in the Australian outback than farming introduced species like cattle or sheep. What  do you think?


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