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sexta-feira, 12 de fevereiro de 2010

'Kangatarians' emerge in Australia




http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Australia is witnessing the emergence of "Kangatarians" – people who limit their diet to vegetables and kangaroo meat only.


By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
Published: 2:37PM GMT 12 Feb 2010
Photo: AP

The small but dedicated group originally shunned all meat on ethical and environmental grounds, opposing the way domestic livestock was kept and killed, as well as the impact that large-scale farming had on the planet.

Then, about 12 months ago, one group of friends in Sydney learned about the benefits of kangaroo meat, and decided to spread the word.

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Peter Ampt, a lecturer in natural resource management at the University of Sydney and a kangaroo meat advocate, said that while some vegetarians loved red meat, they could not justify eating animals that had been poorly treated.

Kangaroos were fair game because they roamed free and were killed humanely with a single shot to the head. The animals were also in plentiful supply, ate only native vegetation and contained no chemicals, he said.

"These people were vegetarians for environmental and ethical reasons, but the more they learned about kangaroo the more they realised it satisfied their ethical and environmental concerns," Mr Ampt said.

"They started eating kangaroo and loved it, then they coined the phrase kangatarians, it was a bit of a joke initially."

Kangaroos emit a fraction of the methane produced by sheep and cows, making them a much better choice for the climate-change conscious, Mr Ampt said.

He said it was not clear how many Australians classed themselves as kangatarians, but that the movement was "growing slowly".

"I have done research into consumer attitudes in Australia and found that about 20 per cent of the population eat kangaroo meat regularly.

"They have sought it out as a meat that is ethically produced in the sense that kangaroos aren't battery farmed or penned up like pigs in small stys or industrially farmed.

"They think animals should have a relatively natural life, although they are not necessarily against animals being killed for human consumption."

Kangaroo meat was also a healthy option, he said. Low in fat, it is good for the heart and for people trying to lower their cholesterol.

However, the majority of Australians have yet to embrace the idea of eating an animal that appears on their coat of arms.

Mr Ampt admitted there were many challenges facing the kangaroo meat industry in Australia.

In 2008 the country's then chief adviser on climate change said Australians should swap eating lamb for kangaroo because it was far better for the environment, but his call was largely ignored. The meat remains a boutique product sold in specialist butcher shops and at select restaurants.

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