Letters: Anna Reeves, February 24, 2015

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Many readers may be concerned to learn that budget chain Iceland has started selling kangaroo meat.

This is a product of suffering and bloodshed on an enormous scale and the majority of major supermarkets refuse to stock it.

Millions of kangaroos are shot in the Australian outback every year; those which are not killed outright die a slow and agonising death. Hundreds of thousands of pouch babies are ripped from their dying

mothers, smashed around the head or decapitated.

Astonishingly, this is not illegal. The Australian government claims that this is merely an exercise in pest control and fails to acknowledge that it is in reality a money-making enterprise. Research has demonstrated that kangaroos rarely venture on to wheat fields and do not compete for grazing with sheep.

They are slow breeding marsupials with low reproduction rates.

It is utter nonsense to suggest that they damage the very environment that they have evolved in to live over millions of years. Furthermore, kangaroo meat has a higher amount of chemical linked to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes and may contain dangerous levels of salmonella and ecoli.

It is even banned in Russia because of human health concerns and until recently Australians only used it as food for their dogs and cats. I strongly urged readers not to purchase this deplorable product.

Australia has one of the worst wildlife conservation records in the world. Some species of kangaroo are already extinct and a further 17 endangered or vulnerable. There is nothing exotic about consuming wildlife that has been brutally slaughtered.

Anna Reeves, Saddlebow village