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More than 100 people gathered at a local farmers market to show their support for a Queensland farmer who has faced a barrage of criticism after allegedly feeding his cows to horses.
Hunter Farms farmer Brian Brown was the subject of a backlash after he was filmed feeding horses to his cattle, despite animal welfare groups claiming the practice violated animal welfare laws.
In an interview with the ABC’s Q&A programme, Mr Brown denied feeding the horses, claiming he was just feeding his cattle to them to prevent them from eating the hay and feed the animals.
“I am sorry if anyone else feels offended by my behaviour.
It is not right, I can understand that,” he said.
Animal welfare groups were outraged when Mr Brown told the ABC he would not feed the horses to the animals he had sold to the Australian Meat Industry Association.
The AMA accused Mr Brown of feeding the cattle to horses he owned in the Brisbane suburb of Lonsdale.
Mr Brown has denied any animal cruelty, and said he would take legal action if any of his cows were taken from his property.
He said he had “no idea” that the horses were being fed to the cattle, and he would never feed them to horses that he had never bought before.
However, he said the cattle were only fed to him by his friend, who was working at the farm, when they were allowed to roam freely.
His friend also reportedly told him to feed them in a manner he had no knowledge of.
While many of the animal welfare campaigners criticised Mr Brown for feeding his horses to horses, others said the practice should be illegal.
Killing cattle to make hay is wrong, says Queensland animal welfare group The Queensland Animal Welfare Association (QAWA) said it was not surprised by the allegations made against Mr Brown, as the practice was considered illegal in Queensland.
QAWAs chief executive officer Steve Dickson said while it was illegal for cattle to be killed for their hay to be used as feed for their horses, he was “confident” the Queensland government would not take action against the farmer.
“[It] is not illegal in the first place,” he told the Nine Network.
There were concerns about the welfare of the horses.
“There were some horses that were dying,” Mr Dickson added.
But animal rights group the Save Our Horses campaign said the issue was far from over.
Save Our Horses spokesperson Mark Dickson has been working with Mr Brown to ensure he has “a positive outcome” for the animals, he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
They are all being fed the hay from his cows and the horse is eating the feed.
We have already spoken to him, and there are other people that are also aware of this.
Save Our Horse campaign manager Ben Dutton told ABC Brisbane it was “not a good day for Queensland”.
“It’s not good news for the cattle at all,” he added.
“He’s doing everything he can to make sure the horses are safe.”
The farm has also faced an outcry over its treatment of horses in previous videos.
According to a video posted on YouTube, Mr Dutton was filmed delivering hay to a horse at the end of the season.
During the filming, Mr Varnell told Mr Dison to “stop f***ing around” and told him the horse was “tired”.
“Stop f***in’ around, and get off my horse,” Mr Vell said, according to the video.
Later in the video, Mr Sarnell said he was afraid Mr Dionns behaviour was “unacceptable”.
He then took Mr Brown aside to apologise, according the video footage.
After the incident, Mr Parnell wrote on Facebook that he was appalled at Mr Brown’s actions.
Despite being in the spotlight, the farmer said he did not feel he needed to respond to the controversy, saying he would deal with it on his own.
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