26 May 2005, Comments (0)

Oh, the Heritage

Author: Helen

Fantastic decision to finally get the cows out of the Alps.

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(Cowpaddock.com)

While the National Parks people and other supporters of the decision have been quoting the numerous studies which have shown how much cows have damaged the soil and the watercourses in the high country (and are not reducing blazing), the grazing lobby have been (1) chucking hissy fits and threatening various theatrical actions involving horse riding, and (2) talking in highly emotive language – history coming to an end, tradition, the Man from Snowy River (a poem in which no cow reared its head)…

Interesting isn’t it. Because it’s the rotten greenies who are supposed to be emotional. That’s a handy epithet people love to throw at us. But when they don’t really have anything to say on a scientific or economic level, boy, the emotional blackmail is coming out bigtime.

See Ian Campbell’s silly cowboy stunt next to Parliament house tonight (26/5)?* If we’d done that back in October 2003, we’d’ve been water cannoned or something. Prepare yourself for lots of cute horsies clip-clopping up Bourke st at any moment.

*”…even breaking into a canter,” fawned the Age House on the Hill politicogossip column. A feat many little girls manage to pull off every weekend in this country.

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