Too cruel to keep them alive

Generations of Australians know their country as a land ‘of droughts and flooding rains’. Dorothea MacKellar recognized this when she wrote those words in 1904.

More recently, climate change has made droughts and floods, bushfires and cyclones more frequent and more destructive.

Yet Australia’s graziers remain determined to stock—and over-stock—the ‘sweeping plains’ with cattle and sheep, knowing that droughts must cause multitudes of their animals to starve to death.