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Debate: Kangaroo culling in Australia

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Should Australian people be culling kangaroos?


Background and Context of Debate:

Argument 1


It is important that kangaroos don't over-populate.

Kangaroos are breeding quickly and faster than they are dying. They are over-populating and causing havoc in Australia. They are running out of food and the population is getting higher and higher while resources and room for growth gets lower and lower. It is important that the best interests of animals be taken into account. Kangaroos may not want to be killed but there are long-term positive effects.


Kangaroos are part of Australia's identity.

In Australia, the kangaroo is part of their identity. The animal is on the coat of arms, 50c coin and is native to Australia. People from all around the world associate Australia with kangaroos.

And so killing them? That is just wrong to kill kangaroos. It is killing part of Australia's identity and culture. You can't do that!

Argument 2


There must be a reason why the RSPCA are for the idea.

The RSPCA is the Royal Society for the Protectin of Cruelty to Animals. This organisation always looks into the best interests of animals. If the RSPCA are for the cull, obviously there must be a reason, and that reason is that roos are over-populating, causing problems and are running out of resources.

Kangaroos are causing problems in Australia.

If you live in Australia, especially in rural areas, you'll know that kangaroos cause problems. They can be agressive (attack people) endanger wildlife and often cause accidents. An example is how kangaroos often run in front of cars. Not only do they get hit and die, but they cause damage to the vehicle. Kangaroos getting hit by cars is a regular occuraance in rural areas of Australia; where the cull is being planned to take place.


Kangaroos have been a part of Native Aboriginal culture for thousands of years.

Kangaroos are native to Ausralia and special to Aboriginies. Aboriganal Australians are totally opposed to the cull and have protested to the point that they are camping on the proposed culling site.

Aboriginals cannot take a loss like this and really, Europeans invaded their land and now they are trying to kill the animals native to Aboriginal country. That is not the way white Australians should respect the people whose land they took over.

Argument 3


If the kangaroos aren't killed in controlled conditions, they'll die out eventually.
  • Kangaroos are over-populating Australia. Australia is baron and is currently experiencing a drought. Food resources for the local kangaroos are getting low and kangaroos are running out of survival options.
  • If kangaroos are not killed under controlled conditions, they will eventually die out and die slowly and painlessly. A cull is killing a small number quickly and painlessly and is necessary to ensure kangaroos do not become endangered.


Killing is cruel to animals.

Killing is cruel to any animal and obviously killing kangaroos is animal cruelty. There isn't really much more to say. This is a simple, yet important point to take into account in this debate.

Argument 4


Culling is not slaughtering and will not endanger kangaroos.


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