In Australia were allowed to kill kangaroos

Christopher Davidson
August 10, 2018

According to Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, the latest drought update confirms what many farmers across the state have seen, with only 0-10mm of rain recorded over the past month in the Western, North West and Central areas of NSW.

Much of southeastern Australia is struggling with drought but conditions in New South Wales are the driest and most widespread since 1965.

3 / 4 Farmers are struggling to feed their livestock.

"Anybody on the land that will make a phone call to the Department of Environment can get permission to shoot nearly whatever they want and it's unaudited and unchecked and that's our concern - animal welfare", Mr Borda said.

Mr Lee, a member of Farmers for Climate Action, wants the federal and state governments to accept that reality and come up with a plan to help farmers adjust to a warming environment. "We see this as probably the worst possible outcome for the kangaroo, but I've got to emphasise we do understand the plight that farmers are in", Borda said.

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A crippling drought is ravaging vast tracts of Australia's pastoral heartland, decimating herds and putting desperate farmers under intense financial and emotional strain, with little relief in sight.

Farmers have also had to ration water for their families and their herds because the dams on their properties are dry or almost empty. "They didn't act fast enough", Col Barton, whose family has been on their farm east of Gunnedah since 1938, told AFP.

There has also been a growing national conversation about the mental health toll that the drought has had on farmers. Eligible households will able to apply for two payments of A$12,000 ($9,000) to help them get through the drought.

"A recent attribution study shows extremely high pressures as seen across southeast Australia in August 2014 are more likely to occur in the future due to climate change", it says.

Separately, the state government announced a $500 million emergency relief package last Monday, raising the state's total drought support to more than A$1 billion. Japan and Korea are suffering heatwaves and wildfires have blazed across California and Sweden.

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