Kangaroo population skyrockets in Australia, so expert says they should be eaten
Kangaroo, it's what's for dinner.
Experts in Australia are asking citizens to eat more kangaroo meat in order to curtail the rising population of the marsupial, which nearly doubled in six years.
Kangaroos, the national symbol of Australia, have outpaced the population of Australian residents 2 to 1. There were 24 million residents in Australia in 2016 and 44 million kangaroos at last count in 2015. Back in 2009, there were only 27 million 'roos.
The rise of the kangaroo epidemic has been tied to an abundance of food after heavy rains. The kangaroos are traveling onto citizens' property in droves and eating vegetation consumed by other animals.
"If you don't cull the kangaroos or don't reduce their populations in some way, then you're going to lose a lot of other biodiversity," Professor Davis Paton of the University of Adelaide told Australia's ABC News.
"If we're going to cull these animals we do it humanely, but we also perhaps should think about what we might use the animals that are killed for," Paton said, saying that kangaroo meat could be an option.