Sheep and cattle have died in New South Wales, Australia, as farmers fight the affects of a severe drought.
GV: Sun TILT DOWN Arid farmland. (2 shots)
GV: Cattle on farmland
SV: Kangaroos outside vermin-proof fence and leaping, and some Emus. (2 shots)
GV PAN: Emus running across road.
SV TRACKING SHOT: Emus running.
SV: Kangaroos and Emus leaping.
CU: Barbed wire with emus trying to get through fence. (2 shots)
SV: Kangaroos trying to get through fence, dead Kangaroos and Emus on ground. Emus standing near fence. (4 shots)
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Background: Sheep and cattle have died in New South Wales, Australia, as farmers fight the affects of a severe drought. No rain has fallen over a wide area of the state since last November and the wildlife is also suffering.
SYNOPSIS: Drought crisis areas have been declared in parts of New South Wales as farmers feed the last of their odder to their sheep and cattle. Some areas have not had significant rain for four years, and what has fallen has quickly dried.
Kangaroos and emus compete with the domestic animals for the available grazing land. ??? proof fences keep them out of some pastures, and where they have assembled into herds farmers have shot them in large numbers. Conservationists say the mass accumulations of hungry and thirsty kangaroos and emus do not amount to a plague, but the hard pressed farmers want all the available fodder for their stock.
The wandering herds of Kangaroos and emus, desperate for greener pastures, and confronted by fences which are designed to stop the migration of dingoes, rabbits and kangaroos, regarded in pastoral areas as noxious animals. They are joined by groups of emus, a protected species, and together they dash themselves against the fence in their efforts to escape the parched outback. But the fence is strong, and the only end to their suffering comes with death. For miles along the fence the carcases of wild animals lie where they fell.