Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Australia relaxes protections on kangaroos during historic drought

Australia relaxes protections on kangaroos during historic drought

He wants the federal and state governments to come up with a plan to help farmers adjust to a warming environment.

Around 60% of neighbouring Queensland is also in drought, as well as parts of Victoria and South Australia.

While this drought has been intense and sustained, the “millennium drought” of 1997-2005 is still considered to have been the most devastating affecting nearly 50% of Australias agricultural land.

The brown surrounds at the O'Brien farm echoes the experience of many other NSW farmers.

The US will subsidise farmers and buy unsold crops, among other measures; farmers growing soybeans, sorghum and wheat will get the most aid. So wild animals were not deprived of water the cattle, the government of New South Wales has taken such a step.

"If we don't manage this situation, we will start to see tens of thousands of kangaroos starving and suffering, ultimately leading to a major animal welfare crisis".

The government also relaxed restrictions on shooting kangaroos in a bid to help farmers as the animals compete with livestock for grazing land. "The requirement to tag dead kangaroos to keep a tally of the number shot across the state had been dispensed with, " said a report.

The government would have been better off subsidising professional shooters to reduce kangaroo numbers more humanely, he said.

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"We see this as probably the worst possible outcome for the kangaroo, but I've got to emphasize we do understand the plight that farmers are in", Borda said.

Drought is a period of abnormally low rainfall that leads to shortages of water supply.

The reason was the largest in the last half-century drought.

The department says southern Australia has seen "significant drying", particularly from April to October.

He says over that time the climate has certainly changed with winter and spring rainfall becoming less reliable.

Conditions are similarly dire in Queensland to the north, where the state government says almost 60 percent of land is suffering drought conditions.

This aerial photo shows cattle on a dry paddock in the drought-hit area of Quirindi in New South Wales.

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