“The fucking cops are chasing me down the main street of Katherine with a summons. I can’t go to fucking Berrimah [jail]. I can’t read or write.”
Pastoralism in the Northern Territory is really a form of strip mining. The pastoralists are mining some of the soil nutrient elements (chemicals) out of the grasses and other leaves and exporting them in live cattle. This is happening to some of the poorest soils and ecosystems in Australia. The operation is being subsidised by the government to a considerable extent. Cattle are little more than parasitic grit in the machinery of our ecosystem. How could it be otherwise? How could the pastoral industry possibly be ecologically sustainable in the Northern Territory?
“As long as you have female dogs breeding at one end of town while you are desexing at the other end - it is like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge - you cannot finish it until you desex 85 per cent of the local population,” she said. “That is the tipping point that you need to reach before you can effectively control population growth.”