World, Don't Fret Over Aussie Kangaroo Cull

Measure trims massive population—plus they taste good
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 7:37 PM CDT
Team Asia captain, Se Ri Pak, of South Korea, encounters some kangaroos near the lie of her ball on the 10th fairway during the Lexus Cup at The Vines Golf Course in Perth, western Australia.   (AP Photo/Iain Gillespie)
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(Newser) – Worldwide outrage over a plan to cull 400 kangaroos in Australia doesn't surprise native Robert Skeffington, he writes in the Wall Street Journal. But he argues that outsiders are missing key facts: The ubiquitous 'roo would overwhelm Aussies if not for such measures, and the hoppers happen to taste good, too.

True, Skeffington writes, “Americans would be hard pressed to salivate over the bald eagle," the US national emblem. "Nor is it just the kangaroo, incidentally. The other animal on our coat of arms, the emu, also appears on our menus." (Read more Australia stories.)