The terrible and heartwrenching imagery showed the moments that led up to the 'mercy killing'. The farmer had no choice but to put the animals out of their misery after being badly burned and did so by using his own rifle
In heartbreaking news, a devastated Australian farmer was forced to shoot 20 of his cows from his herd after they suffered serious burns due to the Australian bushfire, reports Daily Mail. Steve Shipton from Coolagolite, one of the worst-hit areas, had to, unfortunately, put down his cattle after the raging fires swept through his property. He was later consoled by his neighboring farmers Bernie Smith and Peter Mercieca.
Heartbreaking images show the moment a farmer had to shoot his own cattle dead.They were severely burned in wildfires sweeping across Australia, including his town of Coolagolite on the south coast of New South Wales.— Suzanne Heimrath (@SuzanneHeimrath) January 2, 2020
The terrible and heartwrenching imagery showed the moments that led up to the 'mercy killing'. The farmer had no choice but to put the animals out of their misery after being badly burned and did so by using his own rifle. Thanks to the raging fires, he lost one-tenth of his herd. According to 7 News, Shipton thought his cattle "would be safe - on dirt with a feed rack - but the animals 'obviously panicked'." A vet took stock of which would survive and which needed to be euthanized. After doing the tough yet necessary deed, the heartbroken farmer shook the hand of a local vet and thanked him for the support.
The Australian bushfires are defined as wildfires that commonly occur in the bush, especially near the woodland or grassland of Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia. They are most severe during summer and autumn and in drought years in Australia. As per Mirror, the Australian bushfires have been burning since September. The blazing fires have killed 18 people and destroyed more than 1,200 homes across New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. It is reported than an estimated 480 million animals have perished since then.
The farmer had planned on killing this individual at a time when it was more profitable to do so 💰https://t.co/sC0frXkOgx— Herbiⓥore (@herbivore_club) January 2, 2020
In New South Wales, about 200 homes have been burnt to the ground, and the towns of Mogo and Cobargo have been destroyed due to the fires. The authorities have indicated that the situation will worsen on Saturday, and have asked locals and tourists to leave the fire-ravaged area as soon as possible. RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons spoke about this dangerous situation on Saturday where he said, "We are getting indications with the forecast for Saturday that it is going to present a broader geographic area worse than what we saw yesterday in terms of fire danger. We all need to prepare ourselves for more challenging conditions."