The Baillieu government gets down to business: pissing off environmentalists (and if that doesn’t earn them the support of certain polemicists at large city tabloids, what will?):
CATTLE grazing has controversially returned to the Alpine National Park, under the banner of scientific research, after a five-year ban.
“Scientific research”? Wait, I seem to recall some other use of that expression as lame cover for another destructive practice, what was it? Ring any bells for anyone else?
The National Parks Association is outraged by the return of the cattle, and the potential for full-blown grazing.
”The state government’s highly secretive return of cattle grazing to the Alpine National Park is the terrestrial version of Japan’s scientific whaling,” spokesman Phil Ingamells said.
Oh, yes. Japan’s restaurant-friendly “scientific research” excuse for eating as many whales as they can slaughter, to hell with the species being endangered.
Well, Liberals, “Mountain Cattlemen” – you’re in fine company with that line…
You know, it wouldn’t cost the Baillieu government all that much to set it up as a real study, with independent researchers collecting evidence with open minds, prepared to find against the graziers if that’s what it shows – but do you really think they’ll bother? I wouldn’t be surprised if they just left it up to the cattlemen. In five years: hey, guys – has it reduced the bushfire risk? Oh, definitely, we’re sure it has. There’s certainly much less native vegetation where the cattle have trampled. Okay then! CASE CLOSED.
ELSEWHERE: Talking of the natural environment, the latest Pure Poison Podcast is up, this week talking about (what else?) floods and firearms.