THE kangaroo pet food trial, which has been operating since 2014 in Strathbogie Shire and several neighbouring North East municipalities, has been extended for another year.
The State Government confirmed on Friday the extension until March 31, 2019.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, said it will “provide greater certainty for the industry and allow time to assess the program over a longer period”.
The trial – operating in 16 local government areas including the rural cities of Wangaratta and Benalla and shires of Mansfield and Strathbogie – seeks to determine the effectiveness of pet food processing as a means to reduce waste of carcasses of kangaroos shot under the Authority to Control Wildlife permit system.
The Euroa Gazette understands the trial’s three participating pet food processors have processed more than 85,000 kangaroos – humanely killed under strict permit conditions – that would otherwise be left to decompose or be buried.
Minister D’Ambrosio said the trial has been well-received by participating landholders, pet meat processors, shooters and regional communities.