Australia: Tie Me Kangaroo, Down

Decorating the Commonwealth's Coat of Arms and the tails of Qantas jetliners, the kangaroo has every right to be called Australia's national emblem, though many Australians sometimes wish they had never heard of the beast. Anywhere from 6,000,000 to 16 million kangaroos roam the Australian plains, alternately drinking up the outback water supply and eating the best pasture grass. For these reasons alone, the nation's sheep herders and cattle ranchers not long ago decided the kangaroo had to go, and at last count their vendetta was producing 15,000 to 20,000 kangaroo carcasses a week, a high enough slaughter to prompt...

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