The Public Agrees: Maranoa Regional Council Should Block Feedlot Proposal
Warkon/Roma – Just 24 hours before the deadline for public submissions, residents of Maranoa Region and compassionate Australians nationwide have joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in expressing concerns about plans for an intensive cattle feedlot in Warkon, near Roma.
If approved by the council, the operation would imprison up to 3,200 cattle at any one time, all of them spending the final months of their lives in cramped, barren, faeces-filled yards to be fattened before slaughter. In addition to being extremely cruel, there’s evidence that feedlots pose health risks to local residents, owing to the waste the animals create. Residents of Deaf Smith County, Texas, in the US have long complained about a phenomenon scientists call “faecal dust” – an excrement cloud from cattle feedlots that coats homes and businesses, limits visibility on the highway, and may cause locals to suffer from respiratory ailments.
A PETA petition opposing the Warkon feedlot has already garnered almost 10,000 signatures from people urging the council to reject the plans on the grounds of animal welfare, pollution, and health concerns. In the petition, PETA points out that such filthy, crowded conditions harm animals, create massive pollution problems for nearby communities, and promote the spread of disease.
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“Thousands of compassionate, logical people have already spoken, and Maranoa Regional Council should heed their concerns about animal welfare, pollution, and risk of disease,” says PETA Senior Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice. “Building an intensive feedlot at a time when Australians are increasingly taking steps towards eating vegan isn’t a smart long-term investment for Warkon or the state as a whole.”
Cows in feedlots often suffer from foot rot, botulism, respiratory disease, and liver abscesses.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.