China Eyes Australian Donkey Exports

The Northern Territory government in Australia says it has been approached by nearly 50 Chinese companies looking to buy land to start donkey farms. Demand for donkey products, especially donkey-hide gelatin is increasing in China, while global supplies are falling.

The Northern Territory government has bought a small herd of wild donkeys for its research station near the outback town of Katherine. Earlier this a month of delegation of Chinese business people visited the facility, and up to 50 companies from China have expressed interest in buying land to set up donkey farms.

It is estimated there are up to 60,000 wild donkeys in the Northern Territory. Donkeys were brought to Australia from Africa as pack animals in the 1860s, and many were released when they were no longer needed. For years feral donkeys have been considered a major pest by farmers.The animals trample native vegetation, spread weeds and compete with domestic cattle for food and water.

Now the authorities believe there are economic benefits in captive donkey herds.

Alister Trier, the head of the Northern Territory’s department of primary industry believes the donkey trade has a bright future.

“My feel[ing] is the industry will develop but it will not displace the cattle industry, for example, I just do not think that will happen.What it will do is add some diversification opportunities for the use of pastoral land and Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory,” said Trier.

In China, donkey skins are boiled down to make gelatin, which is then used in alternative Chinese medicines and cosmetics.

Animal rights campaigners are pressuring the authorities not to allow the live export of donkeys to China, claiming that conditions in transit would be cruel and unacceptable.

Activists also insist that donkeys’ health suffers when they are kept in large herds.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Australia wants the donkey skin trade stopped altogether because of concerns the animals are being skinned alive overseas and treated with extreme cruelty.

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US-China trade war opens the door for Australian exports A?a��a�? AFR

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) carried a story on the impact of a potential US-China trade war on the Australian trade.

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A?a��A�Australian industry group GrainGrowers says retaliatory tariffs by China against US exports could create an opportunity for its members to boost sales.

China was Australia’s biggest market for barley with exports up to $ 1 billion a year and also the biggest market for sorghum with exports worth about $ 300 million a year.

“Well over 90 percent of our sorghum already goes to China. There is room for growth in that market but a limiting factor will be how much we can increase production”.

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Man Charged With Potentially ‘Catastrophic’ Australian Terror Plot

Police in Australian have charged a man with planning to carry out what they described as a potentially “catastrophic” terrorist attack during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne.

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Officials believe the man, air jordan 31 who has not been named, asics gel lyte iii adidas ultra boost was acting alone and had obtained an al-Qaida manual online with instructions for carrying out such an attack. air max homme He also allegedly is a sympathizer of the Islamic State militant group.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton says viagra order in united states officers had been monitoring him as a “person of interest” since January.

The man was arrested Monday as police conducted raids at his family home in suburban Melbourne and at a property belonging to a relative.

Australia’s Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said it was the 14th alleged plot disrupted by the nation’s security agencies and police in the past three years. Keenan said the charges were a reminder of the “depravity of the terrorists.”

Officials say the man faces life in prison if found guilty of the charges.

Seventy-four people have been charged by Australian counterterrorism police since 2014, nike air max 1 when the nation’s terror threat level was raised to “probable.”

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