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'.
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'.
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 is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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