Hundreds of thousands of cows thought to have died in Queensland floods
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it is thought hundreds of thousands of cows have died in floods in Queensland.
According to The Guardian, one mayor described the situation as "hell" with up to 300,000 cows having died.
The Australian PM said, "We have all seen the images, the devastating scenes of what's occurring in north Queensland. We are expecting hundreds of thousands of stock losses."
Morrison also announced on Friday grants to flood affected areas had been raised to $75,000.
Animal Liberation Queensland posted about the floods on their Facebook page.
"Our hearts go out to all those affected by the recent floods in North Queensland. The images we've seen on the news and social media are truly devastating. Hundreds of thousands of animals have already starved or drowned, with many more missing, cut off, and at risk of starvation now.
"These animals are not 'stock losses' as reported in much of the media. These are innocent victims who should never have been put there in the first place.
"Animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, which in turn increases the probability and severity of severe weather events such as droughts, heatwaves and floods. These type of events will only continue to get more frequent and more severe.
"Sadly, weather events like this have been predicted for a long time and yet we continue to carry on business as usual. We have the solutions, we just need the will to act.
"We need an urgent transition away from animal agriculture - for the animals' sake as well as our own."