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Kangaroo A Love-Hate Story– a documentary which sets out to
expose the tragic fate of Australian kangaroos – has begun screening in the
United States.

From
directors Mick McIntyre and Kate McIntyre Clere, the film explores Australia’s
brutality toward kangaroos, and the threat of extinction – realities the film
says are ‘cloaked in secrecy’.

‘Pests’

A ‘resource’ to many Australians, Kangaroos are hunted for meat, pet food, and leather – actions
justified by the widely held conception that they are an overpopulated ‘pest’.

One
interviewee said: “The kangaroos are wonderful, fuzzy, they’re maternal, and
they’re also a pest that should be eliminated.”

This belief
is largely substantiated by the fact that cattle farming is disturbed by the presence
of kangaroos – and has prompted what the film calls ‘the largest land-based
slaughter of animals’.

Threat of
extinction

However,
the film exposes otherwise, with one interviewee noting that ‘local and regional
extinctions’ are occurring, and that kangaroos – which have been in Australia ‘for
millions of years’ – are facing the risk of being wiped out.

Another
interviewee asked: “How did we get so hoodwinked into believing that it was
okay to kill our national icon?”

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination....