• Short Summary

    BUFFALO HUNTERS IN AUSTRALIA'S NORTHERN TERRITORY HAVE PUT DOWN THEIR RIFLES AND TAKEN TO BRINGING THEIR PREY BACK ALIVE.

  • Description

    BUFFALO HUNTERS IN AUSTRALIA'S NORTHERN TERRITORY HAVE PUT DOWN THEIR RIFLES AND TAKEN TO BRINGING THEIR PREY BACK ALIVE. USING FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE TRUCKS, THE HUNTERS RACE ACROSS THE OUTBACK TO ROPE THE ANIMALS -- THEY'VE CAUGHT AS MANY AS 500 IN FOUR WEEKS.

    VISNEWS CAMERAMAN BOB GREENBERG RODE ON ONE OF THESE AUSTRALIAN-STYLE SAFARIS AND FILMED THE HUNTERS AT WORK. HE FOUND THAT THE BUFFALO, ONCE DESTINED FOR THE ABATTOIR, ARE NOW BEING SOLD TO CATTLE STATIONS IN THE DARWIN AREA FOR BREEDING PURPOSES. THERE'S EVEN A CHANCE OF BUFFALO MEAT BECOMING A MAJOR EXPORT TO SATISFY THE INTERNATIONAL DEMAND BY GOURMETS.

    SYNOPSIS: THE TOUGH NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA SEEMS AN UNLIKELY PLACE FOR A NEW GOURMET TRADE TO GROW UP. BUT THAT'S WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE TERRITORY'S NEW-STYLE BUFFALO HUNTERS HAVE THEIR WAY. THESE HUNTERS HAVE SET ASIDE THEIR GUNS, AND TAKEN TO LASSOING THEIR PREY BY THE APPROVED ZOO-CATCHING TECHNIQUE. BUT IN THIS CASE, IT'S NOT THE ZOOS THAT WILL BENEFIT. THE CAPTURED BUFFALO ARE DESTINED FOR BREEDING STATIONS AND THEY COULD BECOME THE BASIS FOR A NEW MEAT INDUSTRY. EXPERTS EVEN PREDICT A BOOMING EXPORT BUSINESS ONCE GOURMETS AROUND THE WORLD GET A TASTE OF OUTBACK BUFFALO STEAKS.

    IN THE PAST, OVER TWENTY-THOUSAND BUFFALO HAVE BEEN SHOT EVERY YEAR. THEY HAVE PROVIDED MEAT FOR PET FOODS AND HAMBURGERS. BUT EXPERTS BELIEVE THEY CAN IMPROVE THE STRAIN BY BREEDING -- AND EXPECT TO DOUBLE OR TREBLE OUTPUT WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. THE BUFFALO, INCIDENTALLY, ARE DESCENDED FROM ASIAN WATER BUFFALO. THEY WERE INTRODUCED BY THE BRITISH IN THE 1820'S TO FEED AN ISOLATED GARRISON.

    THE GREAT ADVANTAGE OF BUFFALO IS THAT THEY CAN FIND AMPLE FOOD IN THE PARCHED AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK WHERE CATTLE WOULD STARVE. FOR THE HUNTERS, THE JOB IS A TOUGH ONE. BROKEN BONES ARE COMMONPLACE. BUT THEY STILL MANAGE TO CATCH AS MANY AS FIVE-HUNDRED BUFFALO IN A MONTH. ONE BREEDING STATION ALONE HAS BOUGHT SIX-HUNDRED OF THE ANIMALS.

    ALREADY, ORDERS FROM ABROAD HAVE STARTED ARRIVING. HONG KONG IS BUYING OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF LIVE BUFFALO. BUT WHILE THE NEW INDUSTRY IS OFF TO A FLOURISHING START, THERE HAS BEEN A MOVE TO PROTECT THE WILD BUFFALO BY PREVENTING UNAUTHORISED SHOOTING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAQMHLDE40HKV3QXZLAJ97OCS7
    Media URN:
    VLVAQMHLDE40HKV3QXZLAJ97OCS7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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