New Documentary Challenges Australia's Kangaroo 'Massacre'

The film sets out to expose the truth behind 'the largest land-based slaughter' of wild animals
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The documentary has been screened at a number of theatres across the U.S.

The documentary has been screened at a number of theatres across the U.S.

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'.

Directors Mick McIntyre and Kate McIntyre Clere at the film's premiere (Photo: Instagram)

Directors Mick McIntyre and Kate McIntyre Clere at the film's premiere (Photo: Instagram)

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?"