Letter to the Editor - November 29: No excuse for suffering
THERE is simply no justification for animal suffering (CCA 26/11/14) no matter what the grounds. Regarding the plight of the 78 angus cattle, the farmers state they 'did the best they could' in the drought conditions while reportedly the condition of the animals was so bad some had died on the property.
In another section of the story it is stated that the Department of Primary Industries 'took action after long-standing discussions' (obviously regarding the cattle's welfare) with a late member of the family concerned, with the decision to remove them taken as the Dept. could 'not stand by and watch these animals suffer any longer'. Clearly this situation had been on-going.
Age, death and lack of rain ('Our Say' column) for said farmers are absolutely no excuse in allowing these beings to suffer in the extreme.
There are many measures in place today to assist drought stricken farmers as it is an on-going saga in Australia. It should not be left to concerned others to report such situations if by chance they come across them. No animal, no matter in what capacity, should be residing with those who take no responsibility for their welfare.