The Code is a national document intended to guide regulation of humane harvesting practices for the commercial kangaroo industry in Australia. It sets an achievable expected standard for the commercial industry that is backed by evidence-based policy and reinforces the commitment of all parties to the welfare of kangaroos and wallabies.
During the review, extensive and diverse input was gathered from leading animal welfare and kangaroo harvesting experts, state and federal government, the kangaroo and pastoral industries, harvesters, animal welfare groups and the public.
Public consultation attracted 17,148 individual and group contributions, including nearly 5,000 email submissions.
The revisions remove any ambiguity and address the minimisation of harm to dependent young, the requirements and qualifications of harvesters and the restrictions on firearms and ammunition.