Australia: Kangaroo On Dinner Table
Recently I was served a kangaroo dish by my daughter at her home in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. It so happens that the fascinating kangaroo is the national animal of Australia and finds a place of honour on the country’s coat of arms.
On seeing my raised eyebrows, my son-in-law explained: “Don’t worry dad, we are also serving a national cause by opting for a kangaroo dish. It seems that the government would soon be encouraging Australians to have more kangaroo meat instead of cattle and sheep.”
And so it seems. Professor Ross Garnaut, Australian government’s top climate change adviser, has in a major report on global warming noted that kangaroos should gradually replace farm animals for meat because the former emit negligible amounts of methane gas.
This suggestion, coming as it does from the government’s top climate change adviser, provides another excuse to make the Australian national animal a standard restaurant fare.
Professor Garnaut notes: “For most of Australia’s human history of around 60,000 years, kangaroo was the main source of meat. It could again become important.
“The researchers have modelled the potential for kangaroos to replace sheep and cattle for meat production in Australia’s rangelands, where kangaroos are already harvested.” More here…