Aussie 'Kangatarians' Jump at New Diet
Converted vegetarians love the taste of free-roaming kangaroos
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2010 12:29 PM CST
A kangaroo shooter unloads his kill into the chiller.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Some Australian vegetarians have embraced the “ethical and environmental” acceptability of kangaroo meat and are now “kangatarians.” The name was “a bit of a joke initially,” an advocate tells the Telegraph, but the phenomenon is real. Kangaroos run wild, eat naturally, are killed humanely, and emit far less methane than cows. So, eat up!

“These people were vegetarians for environmental and ethical reasons,” the advocate says, “but the more they learned about kangaroo the more they realized it satisfied their ethical and environmental concerns.” That means they’re OK with the preferred method of dispatching a roo: with a single shot to the head. The meat is also low in fat and versatile; one favorite preparation is the "kanga banga," or kangaroo sausage, a butcher tells the Sydney Morning Herald.