Kangaroo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Author Drex Rockman, source Wikimedia

Monash Professor: Eat Kangaroo to Prevent Climate Change

Essay by Eric Worrall

Greens offering a compromise? Instead of eating insects every day, on some days we can eat Kangaroo.

The beef between cattle and climate change

Host of the outer east’s Changing Climates series, Dr Ailie Gallant, explores how we can adapt our food and agricultural practices in the face of rising temperatures.

Dr Ailie Gallant; Monash University
2 min readMay 19, 2022 – 2:00PM

Since the start of the industrial revolution in the 18th century, greenhouse gas emissions created by human activity have skyrocketed.

Most of these emissions come from cattle and sheep which produce methane when they digest their food.

Research has found adding more fats, oils and seaweed to animal feed can reduce the amount of methane they expel.

Alternatively, we can switch to meats that have a lower environmental impact. 

Kangaroo is an abundant meat source across Australia and provides a more sustainable alternative to beef or lamb as it creates far less emissions.

It’s also lean and full of important proteins, vitamins and minerals.

In addition, the soft paws of kangaroos cause less damage to Australian soil than cattle, allowing crops and native species to flourish.

Read more: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/outer-east/hyperlocal/the-beef-between-cattle-and-climate-change/news-story/2aa605da41d9ac9215a1f5b677e06ec7

Kangaroo meat used to be really cheap before it became all gourmet, so I’ve eaten plenty of Kangaroo. Works well when mixed with strong flavours like Bolognese sauce or Chilli. You can pan fry it if you get a particularly tender steak, or beat it to death first with a meat hammer, but some people can’t handle the strong gamey flavour when you serve it as a steak. Texan hot spice seasoning would probably work well.

Having said that I’m not about to give up on steak or pork – there’s a reason Aussies farm beef cattle and pigs rather than just hunting Kangaroos for meat.

I’m sure Professor Gallant means well, at least she’s making an effort not to be offensive, which is unusual for a green. But I’m not about to let some professor dictate my food choices because of the predictions of a bunch of defective climate models.

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May 19, 2022 10:05 am

That sounds like greens have gone to religious dietary dictates in their next phase or worship and control.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
May 19, 2022 10:40 am

Whatever you do, don’t say, “I’m game.”

Bryan A
Reply to  Scissor
May 19, 2022 11:52 am

My Mom used to make a dish called Bubble and Squeak (we called it Rumble and F**t) the chief ingredient was Kangaroo Tail Soup but thanks to PETA it can no longer be imported to the states. So she switched to a fake substitute but it never tasted as good.

Reply to  Bryan A
May 20, 2022 2:27 am

wow thats weird
bubble n squeak aussie style is just left over roast meat n veg fried in a pan with some milk n butter. using soup??? nah nope no way

Reply to  Scissor
May 20, 2022 9:19 am

Grooming us for the up coming introduction of Soilent Green

Ian Johnson
Reply to  ResourceGuy
May 19, 2022 12:16 pm

and I thought most greens are vegan

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Ian Johnson
May 19, 2022 5:08 pm

Zealots are busybodies who make everyone else’s business their business, too. They also
take great pains & give them to everyone else, too. It’s a give & take lifestyle! 😮

Reply to  Ian Johnson
May 20, 2022 7:22 pm

I knew a lot of people who were some form of vegetarian when they were young.

Most of them gave up and returned to eating meats. Even the few who still claimed they are vegetarians frequently enjoy meats, eggs, cheeses, fish, pizza, etc.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
May 19, 2022 7:42 pm

Well not if you actually read the linked article.

Nowhere does it make any dictates. Its a list of dietary alternatives if you want to change how you eat.

I swear that this site is rapidly getting full of people who don’t actually read anything beyond the headline article, and just make the “correct noises” in response like warmistas mostly do.

Where are the sceptics??

Reply to  Dean
May 20, 2022 5:52 am

Yea right. And the department of misinformation was not created to stifle free speech, just to stifle “misinformation”. Why would we need “dietary alternatives” for a non existent problem? You really believe that cow farts are causing the atmosphere to warm?

May 19, 2022 10:11 am

I eat cows to fight climate change. Cows give off methane. Eat cows before they f**t too much.

Reply to  Opus
May 19, 2022 10:55 am

I’m with you, I have half a beef, and a whole hog, or at least what is left of them in my deep freeze. Just doing my part.

May 19, 2022 10:30 am

Does the methane produced by cattle present a climate ”problem”? Not if you take your guidance from high-quality physics by Van Wijngaarden and Happer:


Prof. C.A. de Lange, Amsterdam

Janice Moore
Reply to  Prof C.A. de Lange
May 19, 2022 3:59 pm


Figure 12: … Doubling the standard concentration of CH4 would only cause a forcing increase (the area between the black and red lines) of ∆F {i} = 0.7 W m−2 , as shown in Table 2. 

Wijngaarden and Happer at 28 (http://www.cadelange.nl/cawp/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Infrared-Forcing-by-Greenhouse-Gases-2019-Revised-3-7-2022_long_version.pdf )

Harkle Pharkle
Reply to  Prof C.A. de Lange
May 20, 2022 7:49 pm

“For current atmospheric concentrations, the per-molecule forcings of the abundant greenhouse gases H2O and CO2 are suppressed by four orders of magnitude from optically-thin values because of saturation of the strong absorption bands and interference from other greenhouse gases”

May 19, 2022 10:31 am

Thanks, Eric.
You answered my long lingering question about whether kangaroo is good to eat.

As an aside, the climate fearmongers are using the same old tired line – cows are bad.
Back in the US – cows are bad. Now I am curious. Back before where were lots of cows and cattle, great herds of bison roamed the plains. Estimates of their overall numbers ran from 20 million all the way to 50 million. Was the methane from the bison not harmful? Was the bison All-Natural, so everything they caused was all good? Just asking questions. This one the greenies do not seem to want to answer.

Reply to  TonyL
May 19, 2022 11:38 am

The author states “Since the start of the industrial revolution in the 18th century, greenhouse gas emissions created by human activity have skyrocketed. … Most of these emissions come from cattle and sheep which produce methane when they digest their food.” So that means we don’t need to worry about fossil fuels?

Richard Page
Reply to  TonyL
May 19, 2022 3:01 pm

I’ve eaten Kangaroo as well; it’s a nice lean meat with a great flavour – peppered kangaroo burgers are particularly tasty.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  TonyL
May 19, 2022 6:17 pm

As per the U of Nebraska, grass fed beef produce MORE CH4 than beef fed carbs, fat & processed
feed. That’s totally backwards from what I had expected as their stool is usually less fluid when fed
grass only. You may be onto something with bison as they were grass fed.


Mother Earth News claims that “the key is omega-3 fatty acids, naturally found in pasture grass.”
First, I don’t know what variety “pasture grass” is. We had June grass, down South they had Coastal
Bermuda & St. Augustine, others I’m sure have Kentucky blue grass, timothy, etc. AFAIK, grass
doesn’t have much, if any, fat.

It disses grain & processed feed as being bad & grass as being good. It then states this:

“Recent research from the Univ. of Dublin has found that adding omega-3s in the form of fish oil to
the diet of cattle can reduce methane emissions. “The fish oil affects the methane-producing
bacteria in the rumen part of the cow’s gut,” says Lorraine Lillis, one of the researchers….

But, how many cows have you seen eating fish? Instead of supplementing an already improper diet with more unorthodox additives, the better solution to the “emissions” problem may also be the simplest: Eat grass, emit less.”

So both sources agree fat’s good w/MEN suggesting using fish oil. Since MEN has a history of
staying on message regardless the facts, I definitely would need more verification.


To muddy the water, I then searched this & found numerous articles:


At present, my guess is bison were probably as bad as cattle. I’ll have to research this more unless
if someone already has.

Note: I just found out they can feed whole soybeans on a limited basis due to it being
20% fat- a good way to use frost/drought damaged beans. If CH4 was a real
problem, that could be part of a solution.

Reply to  TonyL
May 20, 2022 2:59 am

Roo is excellent meat, lean, gamey like venison, and cooked best hot and fast on the bbq. Kangaroos just eat grass, aren’t pumped full of growth hormones, and are easy on the environment. Plus there are an awful lot of them.

Harkle Pharkle
Reply to  TonyL
May 20, 2022 7:50 pm

speaking as a very occasional visitor to Os, kangaroo meat is yummie.

Danley Wolfe
May 19, 2022 10:38 am

This is just clutter cutesy and takes up valuable time. Worth it?

Reply to  Danley Wolfe
May 19, 2022 12:16 pm

We can all choose what we read Danley.

(Athough “progressives” are hell bent on changing that.)

Janice Moore
Reply to  Danley Wolfe
May 19, 2022 4:00 pm

I think your name is cutesy clutter, “Danley Wolfe.”

May 19, 2022 10:39 am

It’s all in the revised King Gore’s Bible v8.

May 19, 2022 11:30 am

I once enjoed a mixed grill meal in Alice Springs consisting of emu, croc, and roo. Done over charcoal if I remember correctly. Delicious, but expensive.

I don’t ever recall seeing kangaroo or insect based dairy products available (unless one counts Bill Gates as an insect, I probably never will). I don’t recall seeing kangaroo wool as a clothing matherial.

I think that obtaining and preparing wild animals for meat and for clothing is much more petroleum resource intensive than similar activities using domestic sheep and cattle. I’m sure the good doctor is capable of understanding these things. Why would she lie?

Bryan A
Reply to  dk_
May 19, 2022 12:04 pm

Personally I would avoid anything Gates Dairy…everything is too cheesy and smells bad even with Windows Open

Reply to  dk_
May 19, 2022 12:18 pm

You forgot to mention the feral camel and donkey served at Alice Springs.

Reply to  dk_
May 20, 2022 2:30 am

kangaroo hides are great rugs make good leather and they used to be turned into toy koalas for the tourist trade and aussie kids( i still have my two 62 yr old ones) they have fur not wool

May 19, 2022 11:54 am

Rolf Harris and The Wiggles — Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport…who knew they were prophets….


Old Cocky
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
May 19, 2022 2:33 pm

Hasn’t Rolf been cancelled for doing the same as every rock star did?

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Old Cocky
May 19, 2022 5:44 pm

Rolf, if I recall the details correctly, got done for ‘Grooming’.

He was in the same social circle as a teenage girl and post 18th b’day they… ummm… ‘got to know each other better’.

Her claim was that he had spent all her younger years preparing for that moment.

Make of that what you will, the UK courts certainly did.

But yes, the massed ‘outrage’ of the Media and Entertainment class at the time came across as less shock and disgust and more ‘look at Rolf and NO WHERE ELSE’.

There was a massive culture of ‘Just having a laugh, luv’ and ‘No harm done’ back a generation or so ago in UK Media/Entertainment. I put to you that very few people from that era have completely clean back stories.

joe x
May 19, 2022 11:58 am

tastes like chicken?

Reply to  joe x
May 19, 2022 12:53 pm

No, does not taste like chicken

Tastes like a “gamey” beef, and needs to be cooked properly

I much prefer beef.

Trouble with roo or wallaby, is that its very difficult to farm.

Fences mean nothing to them , unless they are 6ft tall.

They can also harbor parasites etc so you have to be very careful.

Old Cocky
Reply to  b.nice
May 19, 2022 2:41 pm

They actually prefer to go under fences, but will jump over them if they have to.
Something like deer fencing would be required, which adds considerably to costs.

Capture myopathy is a major problem in kangaroos, but selective breeding would probably allow farmed kangaroos.
Similarly, selective breeding and ongoing handling may reduce their aggressiveness and make them a bit safer to handle.

The end result would be semi-intensive farming methods, which would be quite labour intensive, and hence expensive.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Old Cocky
May 19, 2022 2:43 pm

Oops – missed the parasites.

Most commercial and domestic animals harbour parasites, so regular treatment is required.
See the point above about safe handling.

Reply to  Old Cocky
May 19, 2022 9:16 pm

Yes, not pleasant to cut one open and see worms.

Reply to  b.nice
May 19, 2022 2:48 pm

I had a backyard that was home to a mob of 11 eastern greys.

The boss male could clear my 5-foot fences from a standing start.

Looked effortless.

(The does and joeys took the easy way, wriggling between the fencing wire strands).

Reply to  Mr.
May 19, 2022 7:47 pm

I once saw some cattle on the road into work one morning and I walked them up to an area to get them off the road.

Youngish steer, maybe 2, walked along the fence line in front of me until we got to a side road with a cattle grate on it. He walked up to the grate, had a look at it and then jumped over from pretty much a standing start. Was incredibly gracefully done.

Reply to  b.nice
May 20, 2022 2:32 am

tapeworms the big issue mainly in pets BUT theres always an idiot that will serve roo “rare” and risk infection. soaking it in milk or water first helps reduce the stinky blood/gameiness. makes a good stew or leg steaks panfried yum

Richard Page
Reply to  joe x
May 19, 2022 3:03 pm

Nah that’s ostrich.

Giordano Milton
May 19, 2022 11:59 am

Maybe their real objective should be stated:

Eat Soylent Green

Peta of Newark
May 19, 2022 12:03 pm

Quote:It’s also lean and full of important proteins, vitamins and minerals.

That is why few people like eating it.
Humans, like the big cats, are not carnivores.
Animal flesh, unless ‘hung’ for a long time or cooked is hard to bite/chew/swallow and lots of protein gets turned to sugar insides of us

We ‘eat’ meat so as to get the fat out of it – meat was = Neanderthal Chewing Gum.
Explains the contemporary popularity of same?
We are harking back to our ancestors except that now we chew gum to get sugar out of it, then spit what’s left.
And that is where pet dogs came in handy with Neanderthal Man, his pets enjoyed the ‘chewed then spat’ meat he ate

Thus why Kangaroo meat doesn’t appeal – it is as the good doctor says “Low In Fat = it doesn’t appeal to our ancient ancestral selves and is effectively what we’d spit out for the dog to clear up.

“Crumbs Off The Lordship’s High Table” weren’t bread-crumbs at all.

And like the “Nooo don’t swallow it” chewing gum, “Its bad for you” so is lean meat.
It wrecks your kidneys as it leads you into diabetes.
340 new cases, daily, queuing up for dialysis in the US alone.

Richard Page
Reply to  Peta of Newark
May 19, 2022 3:06 pm

Sorry, Peta, got to disagree with you there. I enjoyed kangaroo meat when I had it and I’ve always preferred lean meat to marbled or fatty meat – I think it’s really down to personal taste.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Richard Page
May 19, 2022 6:54 pm

Between genetics & very targeted feed rations, farmers have gotten away from oats which
produced a lot of the padded fat on the gut & the butt. The rations are focused on making
intra- & inter-muscular fat, which is the leaner meat buyers want. Wild game was always
leaner because most plants have no fat & the animals get a lot of exercise- which is the
kind of meat you like. For me, adding hamburger to make deer sausage moister is what I
prefer as I like the sweet taste of fat.

May 19, 2022 12:23 pm

All the mainstream supermarkets here in Australia sell kangaroo meat just like chicken, beef etc. It’s not very nice to be honest. The mince is “ok” for hamburgers if you add lots of spices to cover up the strong and gamey taste. It’s a bit like deer, but stronger in taste and tougher. Some people like it though.

Reply to  ggm
May 19, 2022 1:00 pm

Great summation.. I agree completely 🙂

Tried roo a few times…. not to my taste.. Wallaby is not quite as gamey.

Reply to  b.nice
May 19, 2022 2:51 pm

The wallaby pies at King Island are good.
Secret recipe though. They wouldn’t tell us what went into the stew mix.

Richard Page
Reply to  Mr.
May 19, 2022 3:07 pm

The secret was it was beef not wallaby!

Reply to  ggm
May 19, 2022 7:49 pm

Makes fantastic biltong though!!

Rud Istvan
May 19, 2022 12:36 pm

The poor professor is a little light on radiative physics. Methane is a GHG in the laboratory setting in dry air. It is NOT a GHG in the real world of air comprising on average 2% water vapor. This is because water vapor absorption bands completely overlap methane, and water vapor is MUCH more abundant.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
May 19, 2022 2:39 pm

Does this mean that in the early earth’s atmosphere, if water was also abundant in the atmosphere similarly to today, then atmospheric methane would be likewise ineffective as a GHG?

If so that’s important, since it destroys the argument that methane greenhouse warming in the archaean epoch counteracted the weaker sun (this always seemed and improbable and contrived hypothesis).

Likewise later in the “boring billion” between 1.8 – 0.8 billion years its now been proposed that nitrous oxide was a greenhouse gas for similar reasons. What are the spectral regions of absorption of that molecule?

(Where N2O is supposed to have suddenly come from is not clear. Someone’s having a laugh!)

Janice Moore
Reply to  Phil Salmon
May 19, 2022 4:04 pm

Heh. Yes, no doubt, Someone is and often does… . 😉

May 19, 2022 12:41 pm

These maniacal climate imams think it doesn’t matter that they make buffoons of themselves. But it does. They will live to regret this buffoonery.

Thomas Gasloli
May 19, 2022 12:59 pm

Shouldn’t the analysis include a comparison of lb of useful meat per lb of feed consumed? Can kangaroos be raised in concentrated feeding operation? It takes more than relative CH4 emission to
determine if this is reasonable.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
May 19, 2022 2:21 pm

Feed conversion efficiency is very important, and may even lead to kangaroo meat having more methane emissions per kg than lamb or beef.
Ruminants are mobile fermentation vats on 4 legs, so use a large proportion of the energy available in grass.

Research may have been conducted on the large macropods, but I don’t follow the field to any extent.

Can they handle concentrated feeds? Again, I am not aware of research results.
When we were drought-feeding sheep in the early 1980s, kangaroos used to come in for hay, but I never saw them eating oats in the troughs. This may just have been because we spread the hay out over a much wider area, and they didn’t like the scrums and rollin mauls as the sheep fought over the oats.

May 19, 2022 1:13 pm

In order to counter just China and India’s predicted CO2 emissions over the next decade, we would have to eat about 104,000,000,000,000 kangaroos (13bn tons of CO2 per annum for 8 years, at a 1kg CO2 difference between kangaroo and cow/sheep per kangaroo).

Rich Lambert
May 19, 2022 1:30 pm

Why didn’t the professor mention rabbits? Australia has a rabbit problem so everyone can just eat rabbits and help out Australia and the world.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Rich Lambert
May 19, 2022 2:29 pm

Myxomatosis and subsequently calicivirus still have rabbits largely under control, touch wood. They were certainly a staple food pre WWII. Rabbit trapping is quite labour intensive, but farmed rabbits may be viable provided the feed conversion efficiency is high enough.

That, of course, then gets back to the other day’s fertiliser usage 🙂
Optimisation tends not to be a simple exercise.

Reply to  Rich Lambert
May 19, 2022 2:59 pm

Didn’t the rabbit problem get solved by introducing foxes and people dumping their unwanted cats into the bush?

May just as well have introduced something like cane toads.

Oh wait . . .

Old Cocky
Reply to  Mr.
May 19, 2022 3:42 pm

Foxes were introduced around the same time as rabbits, and have far more impact on small macropods and ground-nesting birds than on rabbits.

Myxomatosis was quite effective until the rabbits became resistant. Calicivirus resistance will almost certainly develop as well.

Cane toads are a prime example of good intentions mixed with inadequate research and testing causing a far worse problem than they were intended to solve – there was an old lady who swallowed a fly…

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Old Cocky
May 19, 2022 5:56 pm

Cane Toads are scary. Since they have very few predators they can just keep growing. Back about 12 years ago I was out in the Qlds rainforest as part of my companies touchy feely corporate image policy. (basically I got a free holiday out in the rainforest helping post grad and PhD students do their field research so the big bosses at my company could stand up and brag about our deep environmental friendship)

So out doing a spotlight survey one night (basically you walk down a path for 1km and record all wildlife observed in the area. Then gets written up and added to a database somewhere and/or forgotten) I spotted on the side of road a cane toad.

“Gosh!!! Look at that!!!”
“What? Behind the rock?”
“No. It is the rock!”

Cane Toad literally the size of a basketball.

The highly experienced PhD student who had absolutely no fear of picking things up looked at it, looked a bit longer and just said, “I’m not touching that”

Scary creatures.

Apart from that, fun couple of weeks on the company’s dime 😀

Reply to  Craig from Oz
May 19, 2022 9:20 pm

Antiseptic Dettol in a spray bottle targeting the toad’s head works well to kill them

Reply to  Dennis
May 20, 2022 9:28 am

So does a number one wood.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Old Cocky
May 19, 2022 7:14 pm

Asian ladybugs were introduced in the States to kill soybean aphids & are a major
pest that have a bad taste/smell. They’re especially bad in the fall when they find
every way possible to get into your house. Frogs & lizards are their primary predators
but most people don’t live in wetlands because of mosquitoes..

“there was an old lady who swallowed a fly…”

I had never heard of that b4. Thanks!

Old Cocky
Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 19, 2022 8:04 pm

I thought everybody knew that little cautionary tale ditty.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Old Cocky
May 19, 2022 8:25 pm

Since we ticked off HRH back in ’76, we aren’t as familiar with things in the
Commonwealth as we run in slightly different circles! 😉

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Old Cocky
May 19, 2022 8:47 pm

When I was a wee lad, I did like “Waltzing Matilda” & “Tie Me Kangaroo
Down Sport” even though they were a bit mysterious. When I got older,
the BeeGees & ON-J were great listening. This eventually became an
all-time fave:

Reply to  Old Cocky
May 21, 2022 8:02 pm

Cane toads are truly hated in North Queensland. When I lived in Mackay, my father used his golf driver on them. The neighbour kids (incl me) would hunt them with air rifles. At university in Townsville, we used the toads as our prime specimens for vivisection related experiments, without any compunction or remorse. Even living in Brisbane, my former partner used to hunt them at night with a spray bottle filled with Dettol. Like I said, truly hated.

Richard Page
Reply to  Rich Lambert
May 19, 2022 3:13 pm

Rabbit, Kangaroo and other very lean meats would need to be mixed with other meats with a higher fat content – there have been cases of people subsisting on rabbit meat getting protein poisoning.

Rich Lambert
Reply to  Richard Page
May 19, 2022 5:46 pm

When I was a kid an old neighbor trapped rabbits for hides and meat. I remember him saying that you could starve on rabbit meat. I didn’t know about protein poisoning.

Reply to  Rich Lambert
May 19, 2022 9:18 pm

Huge numbers of feral goats, pigs, camels ….. Outback Australia, and up North the feral Buffalo is tasty meat.

May 19, 2022 1:44 pm

Like many, leftists, greens, vegans and dogooders, their tactics are based on neo Marxism. There must be a victim and perpetrator. The public must think someone else is always the perpetrator.
In this case, beef cattle farmers are the perpetrators.
Cows and buffalos are use for:
– beef
-beast of burden
– religion
Do only beef cattle produce emissions?

India clearly has the most cattle, but they’re predominantly vegetarian.
How can the professor not know this?

There are more cattle walking around the streets of India for religious purposes than the total cattle in all of Australia. Why aren’t their scientific papers on how this can be stopped?

Reply to  Waza
May 19, 2022 4:45 pm

Indian carbon offsets … convert to the new roo worshiping and kill the cattle.

Howard Dewhirst
May 19, 2022 1:54 pm

What a gloriously crackpot, harebrained, ivory tower idea; almost up to Marie Antionette’s comment when told the Parisian poor did not have enough bread to eat said ‘Let them eat cake’. How much meat is there on even a large grey? And how much milk does the doe produce? Good heavens, if aboriginals could not domesticate roos after chasing them for 50,000 years plus, what makes the professor thing we invaders will have any better success? Worthy of a remake of the Monty Python sketch about Australian Universities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxyzIC4hQvg

Mike Dubrasich
May 19, 2022 1:55 pm

I look forward to the day when phony doomsters eat some crow, but that probably won’t happen until after they’ve eaten the entire economy.

Howard Dewhirst
May 19, 2022 1:58 pm

And let us not forget that we need to remove 7,800 million tons, or 4.3 trillion cubic meters of CO2 from the atmosphere, to knock off just 1ppm. which means twice that in emissions as half of our emissions are sequestrated by the biosphere and oceans (according to IPCC – and they are never wrong)

Mumbles McGuirck
May 19, 2022 2:31 pm

I put Skippy on my skippy.

May 19, 2022 2:49 pm

Had some kangaroo when I was living in Oz. As long as the meat was marinated for a long time in plum sauce, it was edible. If the meat was too thick to marinate properly, it tasted like poo. It is bad.

Reply to  SMS
May 19, 2022 7:28 pm

You know what poo tastes like?

A bowl jobbie or a plate jobbie? Sandwich maybe?

Plain Jane
May 19, 2022 3:16 pm

I am an Australian sheep farmer. I know there is no world food shortage. If there was there would be demand for the roos on my land as I produce vast amounts of protein that get wasted. There are about double the number of roos here as there are sheep. I dont get a choice about running them. It is not needed to fence in roos to farm them, just use the simple expedient of shooting them on ones own property. Whoever has the most kangaroo attractive property will have the most roos to sell. As for the eating quality of kangaroo meat, that is under the control of beauracrats. The overegulated system in place ensures that only the worst most unpaletable kangaroo meat ever makes it to market. Harvesters have to buy a limited number of tags from the government so the only way to make money for them is to target the biggest which equals the oldest bucks, who are approcahing 20 years old. This is the equivalent of only eating 15 year old bulls, not vealers or young cattle. How do you think old bull is going to taste? Meat of young kangaroos is much nicer and not so tough and better coloured with smaller fibres. It never is put on the market as harvesters cant make any money from small kangaroos and the public servants have set the industry up this way. The skins make excellent thin high strength leather idea for shoes but Nike does not use them any more because of woke pressure. Not having a free open market in the two main species of kangaroo, the eastern grey and the red, is obscene and an evil.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Plain Jane
May 19, 2022 7:54 pm

canners, bulls, ewes, bucks & roo bucks- so they want us to eat dog food? 😉

Being a non-antipodean, I’d have a hard time shooting a kangaroo as I was first introduced to them
in a cute cartoon. We have no animals in the States that are nearly as quaint as roos or koalas.
This may explain why vegetarianism is so popular as most people don’t see animals either in the
wild or on farms & don’t see the downside that you or I have seen. I’m sure if I had been raised on a
farm in Oz, I’d probably have ample reasons to fire away!

Old Cocky
Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 19, 2022 8:09 pm

Kangaroos in Australia are probably similar to deer in North America.
Doesn’t the same apply to Bambi?

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Old Cocky
May 19, 2022 9:28 pm

For me, it’s probably both familiarity & necessity as deer hunting is common in MN.
Dad fished regularly but didn’t hunt regularly so I did the same. We ate whatever we
got so I wasn’t in it for the sport of it. I did help process farm animals so I knew
where our meat came from. I know that a growling stomach can drive you to do
things you may not otherwise do. Having a family with mouths to feed would be the
same thing. A woodchuck made the mistake of picking on poor, harmless, defenseless chickens & they needed defending. These would be things that would make it
a lot easier to hunt roos.

Harkle Pharkle
Reply to  Old Cocky
May 21, 2022 7:26 am

Bambi isn’t quite as cute in the suburbs, running around in herds of 20+, committing suicide on the roads and eating everything in site. We’re not allowed to hunt them, even with bows.

Reply to  Plain Jane
May 20, 2022 4:26 pm

Plain Jane: The skins make excellent thin high strength leather idea for shoes […]”

My favorite pair of athletic shoes EVAH was a pair of the Adidas Mexicana model. They were dyed a dark gold and were made of kangaroo hide.

Soft, supple, near indestructible, yet light as a feather. I went to replace them when I finally wore them completely out and… as you pointed out, the Bambi huggers got to the shoe companies. No more kangaroo skin shoes. *sigh*

May 19, 2022 3:50 pm

Would you like a side dish of fried Witchetty Grubs with your grilled Kangaroo?

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
May 19, 2022 9:22 pm

Scrambled eggs taste sort of.

another ian
May 19, 2022 4:16 pm

Religious Fanatic (n): “A person who does what God would do if only He understood the situation.” “

Via The Bayou Renaissance Man

Janice Moore
May 19, 2022 4:28 pm

This thread has been especially interesting to read due to all the eyewitness and expert testimony of Australians. THANK YOU, dear Aussies, for piping up!

My (USA) thought (fwiw, lol) about the lack of an American market for kangaroo products:

The Australian tourist industry (and E. E. Milne and Walt Disney) has done such a fine job of making us Americans fall in love with Kanga and little Roo and all those CUTE and APPEALING and ADORABLE kangaroos and wallabies that it would almost be as hard for me (and many of us) to eat one as to eat a dog.


It appears that it is, either:

1) “Hello, Australia! Here we Americans ARE! We’re here to see kangaroos and lots of other cute and beautiful animals and birds!

EAT THEM?????!!!!! You have got to be KIDDING!”


2) “Hello? Is this Australia I’ve got on the line? Yes, this is the Americans. No, we’re not coming. Too far. Please just send us a pallet of that kangaroo meat and please throw in some skins so we can make shoes. Thanks. Bye.”

And, it really is a moot point…. once you fall in love….. it’s too late……

I eat meat. I also could never eat dog or horse or pig (too intelligent and loving — I know, I know….., just silly, eccentric, me….) or ….

(I know it sounds ridiculous to some of you — yet, it remains a fact for lots of us)



Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
May 19, 2022 4:41 pm

comment image

Roo: … and somebody wants to eat me for supper!

Tourist: hahahahah, right. No one could eeehver eat youuuu.

💖 🙂

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
May 19, 2022 8:50 pm

Edit: A. A. Milne

May 19, 2022 5:56 pm

Kangaroo is too lean. Let’s engage in good old animal husbandry to slow them down, stopping them jumping and put on a bit of lard, then maybe it’ll work.

Reply to  Hadyn
May 19, 2022 7:34 pm

Troo dat!

You don’t see any fat, waddling roos.

Wombats, on the other hand . . .

Reply to  Mr.
May 20, 2022 3:51 am

“Wombats, on the other hand . . .”

Um no..

They are 100% muscle !

You do not want to hit one in a car at speed !

Reply to  b.nice
May 20, 2022 9:24 am

I have.
Quite a few times unfortunately.

Craig from Oz
May 19, 2022 6:04 pm

The two animals on the Australian Coat of Arms are the Roo and the Emu.

(for those playing overseas, Emu is pronounced Eem You. Not E Mooo. Now you know.)

Australia is also, as far as I know, the only nation to also eat their coat of arms on a regular basis.

(also, for those playing at home, there was a thing called the Emu War. WE won that. Emus were gathering in WA in preparation to marching on Perth. A small crack team were sent in and removed the ring leaders with extreme… kindness and respect and absolutely not anything that involved .303 Lewis light machine guns. Honest. Their leaders ‘convinced’ the remaining Emus dispersed. War Won. If you don’t believe me then look at Canberra and Parliament House. What to you see? Emus or Turkeys? EXACTLY!)

May 19, 2022 6:04 pm

I am surprised he didn’t suggest eating “den1ers”, nothing is to much for the cause

Craig from Oz
May 19, 2022 6:10 pm

The other important thing to remember here is that you to not ‘farm’ roos.

You shoot them.

Professionals go out and shoot them. There is no regulated abator where animals are first humanly stunned in controlled conditions.

So these Green types who want us to eat Roo, are they the same Green types who scream and wail at the idea of animals being shot? Open question.

Also, Roo meat isn’t bad. It is not a straight replacement for beef or lamb from a cooking point of view, so you can farce it up if you don’t cook it properly. I stopped eating it not because of what it is, but because the price went up and now it is a relatively expensive choice at the butchers. My shopping budget is finite, so I tend towards beef for most of my cooking adventures.

May 19, 2022 7:38 pm

Maybe reread the article and nowhere does it make any food dictates.

Its just a list of alternatives if that is what you want to do isn’t it?

May 19, 2022 7:54 pm

I don’t care how nice she may be trying to be, I’m not concerned about cattle or sheep farts and burps and she shouldn’t be either.

May 19, 2022 9:14 pm

I have heard about it but have yet to find it, a cafe in the Australia Outback they call the Roadkill Grill.

The meat is tenderised as it bounces off heavy transport bulbars, not so if the vehicle is a light 4WD as the meat tends to become embedded in the wreckage.

However from personal experiences the best time to encounter jumping meat is late afternoon and night when the carriers come to roads to feed on grasses alongside.

Mornings after the nights before are feeding time for Eagles and Crows, Dingos and other nature’s disposal units.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Dennis
May 19, 2022 9:24 pm

There is a Roadkill Cafe on Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona. We wimped out on the road kill, but do have the t shirt to prove it.

Adam Davidson
Reply to  Dennis
May 19, 2022 10:18 pm

The hotel at Parachilna South Australia is known as the Road Kill cafe.

I can vouch for their FMG , feral mixed grill. Which can be mixture of roo, emu, camel croc or buffalo.. delicious

May 19, 2022 9:28 pm

It is interesting how Kangaroo become almost domesticated when they live close to people, on the North Coast of New South Wales (one example) is a caravan park resort with camp sites spread out under trees and with lots of grass in a park like environment, the local Kangaroo move around and settle very close to caravans and they do not move when people move about in close proximity.

The rules are to not hand feed or pat them but children sometimes ignore the patting rule and apparently are not attacked by the ever watchful male Kangaroos.

Jeremy Poynton
May 20, 2022 12:15 am

I had Kangaroo Salami when spending a glorious month in South Australia, for the Total Eclipse, back in 2002. And very good it was – better, I think, than the Donkey Salami I had in Spain, hitching back from Morocco back in 1971.

James Scott
May 20, 2022 12:33 am

We actually need something that eats Humans there are far to many bloody idiots on the planet.

Harkle Pharkle
Reply to  James Scott
May 21, 2022 7:31 am

Wasn’t covid supposed to solve that problem? Poor Chinese quality control – it didn’t do the job. What say you, CCP Griff?

Rod Evans
May 20, 2022 1:11 am

I can see the ad campaign headline on billboards even now.

“Kangaroooooo for you and you and you, meat that puts a spring in your step”

or maybe.

“Skip skip Skippy for lunch and tea, even more bounce for you and me”
I’ll get my coat….

May 20, 2022 2:26 am

theres one roo that mauled a woman and has attacked a bloke on a golf course in Aus thatd be a good starter for tucker.
its a VERY lean meat which makes it bad for cats n dogs unless rationed or fats added

May 20, 2022 5:26 am

Well I tried eating kangaroo, but was unsuccessful.

It kept jumping off my plate before I could take a bite.

Maybe I should try cooking the kangaroo first.

May 20, 2022 5:45 am

They want to control every aspect of the life of everybody else. Based on what I have read Roos are a long time source of dog food.

May 20, 2022 8:30 am

Most of these emissions come from cattle and sheep which produce methane when they digest their food.”

So aren’t we helping to reduce methane emissions when we eat them?

May 20, 2022 9:05 am

we don’t get many kangaroos in Eastern Canada sure not at the local IGA or Metro grocery stores!

Andy Pattullo
May 20, 2022 10:58 am

A university education is becoming a liability to common sense and apparently forbids minding one’s own business.

May 20, 2022 7:12 pm

“Eat Kangaroo”

Already did that.
Was quite tasty in hamburgers. Only the company was found out and stopped using kangaroo meat after the news broke.

Kangaroo is an abundant meat source across Australia and provides a more sustainable alternative to beef or lamb as it creates far less emissions.”

The Australian Kangaroo dog treat company, “TruBluKangaroo is an Australian business that specialises 100% in Kangaroo Treats.”

Which is where the claim “meats that have a lower environmental impact.” comes from. Not research, not scientific data, not exhaustive testing and not a control group in sight.
The claim comes from a company trying to sell more kangaroo meat.

Roger Knights
May 22, 2022 4:40 am

While we’re at it, how about promoting consumption of horsemeat (tasty, say the French, who know their onions)? Wild horses in our arid states need constant culling to prevent them reaching starvation levels, and they are bad for the environment in various ways.Win/win.

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