Australia relaxes kangaroo protections amid drought battle
Australia relaxes kangaroo protections amid drought battle
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Harry Taylor 6 plays in a load of Cotton Seed on the family farm in New South Wales
10 August, 2018, 16:12
Less than 10mm of rain was recorded in the western, northwest, and central areas of NSW over the past month and drier-than-normal conditions are forecast for the next three months across the majority of the state.
Australia's most populous state is now "100 percent" in drought following the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years.
Cattle and sheep farmer Robert Lee says climate change is behind the drought crisis.
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"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. "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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The new rules will increase culling quotas and more shooters to operate under a single license, a government press release states. "We recognise that. It's a very volatile and often capricious climate and Australian farmers are resilient, they plan for drought, they are good managers but it can become really overwhelming", said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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James (left) and Harrison O'Brien feed grain to hungry calves at the family's drought-ravaged farm in Five Ways in the middle of NSW.
Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne says offering drought-stricken Australian farmers an escape could do wonders for their mental health. Young farmers under 35 are especially vulnerable to stress and negative effects of droughts, researchers at the University of Newcastle said in a recent study. In India, four indicators are usually applied to declare a drought.
Though Australia has long suffered from spells of drought, other parts of the world are now experiencing extreme weather which experts say is evidence of the Earth's changing climate. The German Agriculture Minister warned of diminishing livestock feed, and the European Commission announced measures last Thursday to help farmers cope. Japan and Korea are suffering heatwaves and wildfires have blazed across California and Sweden.
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Australia's most populous state entirely in drought
The new rules will increase culling quotas and more shooters to operate under a single license, a government press release states. Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said farmers were enduring one of the driest Southern Hemisphere winters on record.
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