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Plea to allow feed to be delivered to starving animals after Tasmania fires.
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013, 12:55:00 AM »
Plea to feed stranded stock 

Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013
  Sheep wander on a bushfire-devastated property in Dunalley height=467 Photo: There are fears  a lot of stock are stranded in blackened paddocks without feed. (ABC News: Edith Bevin)       

Animal welfare groups are pressuring Tasmanian police to let landholders into fire-affected areas to feed livestock.

Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania says there is an emerging food crisis for animals in the state's south-east because the area remains blocked off for safety reasons.

The group's Chris Simcox says farmers should be allowed to take the risk and go back to their properties to feed their animals.

"There's a vet that has been going down to the Tasman Peninsula who has been able to retrieve some animals," he said.

"People are unable to get in there.

"Supplies are being left for those who can access those, but for the most part donations of food are not getting to where they need to get to."

Former rural woman of the year Gabby Bresnehan fears stock could starve to death.

She wants people to donate fuel cards for transport and small bales of hay to a drop-off point at Pembroke Park, Sorell.

"They've got no feed, most of them are standing in black paddocks," she said.

"If I don't get food to these animals they'll perish.

"Most of them, especially the farmers, it's their livelihood. What stock they've managed to save is all they'll have to go forward with in their business."