06 Jul '11, 4am

Mental health fears mount over Australia cattle ban - AsiaOne

Mental health fears mount over Australia cattle ban - AsiaOne

SYDNEY - Fears mounted Tuesday over the mental health of farmers hit hard by Australia's ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia as one stockman prepared to shoot 3,000 cows he cannot afford to keep. Nico Botha, of Moola Bulla station in Western Australia, told state broadcaster ABC that he would begin killing the animals as soon as Wednesday. "We'd rather shoot them now than go through overgrazing, dying in the paddocks, struggling to get the paddocks better again," he said. "That's going to take us another three years, so (we'd) rather do our decision now than go through all the other dramas." Botha said he knew of other cattle farmers who would also have to cull following the government's decision to halt exports a month ago, after a public outcry about shocking images of mistreatment in Indonesian slaughterhouses. Indonesia and Australia are yet to agree on mutual slau...

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