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Australia One-week countdown starts to dig mass graves for animal carcasses to avoid biosecurity emergency

02:45  06 january  2020
02:45  06 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Tens of thousands of animals have been killed and more have escaped burnt fencing. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)© Provided by ABC NEWS Tens of thousands of animals have been killed and more have escaped burnt fencing. (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Australia's Defence Force will dig mass graves for the country's burned livestock in a bid to fight off a biosecurity emergency.

Hundreds of thousands of animals have perished in the blazes according to estimates from the National Farmers Federation, and more have abandoned paddocks that have had fences burned.

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said the bushfire crisis would "devastate" the national herd.

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"I know South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales will be taking up that offer to get that assistance as soon as possible — to not just assess the health, but these teams will also be euthanasing stock."

Biosecurity crisis countdown

Senator McKenzie said the dead animals presented a massive biosecurity risk and the Defence Force would help the clean-up, "to dig the pits, if you like, that are going to be required to bury this level of stock".

"It's about getting access to those still-live firegrounds but where it's safe to do so we need to be getting in within a week to really be dealing with the carcasses in an appropriate way".

James Zimmerman, a firefighter who helped defend Batlow on Sunday, posted on Facebook as he was defending the fires that they needed ammunition "to put livestock out of their misery".

ABC journalist Tom Lowrey was in Batlow this morning to witness the devastation, saying dead livestock littered the road on the way into town.

"Farmers were this morning loading the charred bodies into utes — they said they did what they could, and saved many, but couldn't save all."

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