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TAS Country : October 6th 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 News Time to get cracking . . . KAROLIN MacGREGOR FAMILY AFFAIR: Aaron Worldon, 9, of South Riana. Picture: CHRIS KIDD WHIPCRACKING is a family sport and tomorrow competitors of all ages will have the chance to show off their skills at the annual Tasmanian Whipcracking Championships. The championships will be held at the Royal Launceston Show and competitors will get cracking from 9.40am. Nine-year-old Aaron Worldon is one competitor hoping to make his mark on the competition, along with his family from South Riana. Aaron started whipcracking about two years ago and since then has been joined in the sport by his mum Angela, dad Adrian and sisters Brigid and Melanie. Mrs Worldon said Aaron practised every day leading up to competitions and had already had some success, winning a champion award in the peewee section at the Henley on the Mersey event and a second place at last year's Devonport Show. ''Aaron started a couple of years ago and then the rest of us decided we'd give it a go too,'' Mrs Worldon said. ''He's a bit better at it than the rest of us though, so we'll just go in the novice section.'' Now in their sixth year, the Tas- manian Whipcracking Champion- ships also attract a number of main- land competitors. This year about $3000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs across the eight different competition categories. Whipmaker and championship organiser Simon Martin said about 35 competitors had entered the cham- pionships so far this year, including 15 mainland visitors. ''The mainland families just love coming down here,'' he said. ''Every family who has come down here to compete comes back every year and they all stay in the same place.'' The championships cater for com- petitors of all ages and levels of expertise. Competition categories are novice, peewee, juvenile, juniors, ladies, men, over 45 years old and the bullwhip To Page 6 Anti-cruelty talks snub' riles TFGA KAROLIN MacGREGOR PLANS for the Greens to push for stronger animal cruelty regulations without consulting farmers has an- gered the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said the organisation knew nothing about planned round-table discussions on animal cruelty laws announced by the Greens animal welfare spokeswoman Cassy O'Connor this week. Ms Davis said it was inconceivable that any discussion on animal welfare legislation changes would not include farmers. ''It is very disappointing, but unfor- tunately it's not surprising,'' she said. ''This is just another example of farmers being disrespected and alien- ated from the policy-making arena.'' Earlier this week, Ms O'Connor said the round-table discussions, which will take place over the next few weeks, would look at tougher animal welfare laws, including possible life-time bans from owning animals for some repeat offenders. She said minimal penalties were needed under the Animal Welfare Act as a stronger deterrent. Ms Davis said it was unfair to continually point the finger at farmers when it comes to animal welfare issues. ''We fully support that anyone who is found to be breaking the law when it comes to animal welfare should face the consequences,'' she said. ''What is disappointing about this, though, is that so many people seem to think they have the right to either speak on behalf of farmers or make decisions on behalf of farmers that dictate what they can and can't do in their farming operations, without any consultation.'' Ms Davis added that ''99.9 per cent of farmers look after their animals better than most people look after their pets, but unfortunately there is very little recognition or acknowledgement of that''. She said any major changes to animal welfare regulations could have a direct impact on farmers. ''We've heard absolutely nothing about these talks,'' Ms Davis said. ''I'm not sure who will be involved with these talks, but to me if the Govern- ment is going to initiate any discussion that affects the livelihoods of farmers, then it's incumbent on them to discuss it with us.'' Ms O'Connor said the Greens were also continuing their push for an end to the live export trade of sheep and cattle. Ms Davis said in any debate on the the issue of animal welfare, it was important to maintain balance. ''There is a big difference between animal welfare and animal rights,'' she said. ''There are certain very out- spoken groups who would like to see animal farming stopped all together.'' 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