“Nobody cares if you live or die”: Aussie chicken farmer receives a disturbing anonymous letter urging him to “use a bullet on his own”
- The Australian farmer has shared the disturbing hate mail sent by a stranger
- Mark Killen, from a small town in NSW, was shocked when he opened the letter
- Dozens of similar letters have been sent to farmers as they fight a drought
A farmer shared the disturbing hate mail sent to him by a stranger and urged him to kill himself in the midst of the paralyzing drought.
Mark Killen, an award-winning chicken farmer in Merriwa, in the far west of New South Wales, was shocked when he opened the insulting letter last week.
The note, which was printed on an A4 piece, was addressed to his house.
“Hey, stupid, nobody cares that you have to send cattle to the slaughter,” was the note.
‘All the better if you are forced to send your breeding animals.
‘If you can’t handle the drought, use a bullet on yourself. You know you want it. Nobody cares whether you live or die, not even your family. “
Mark Killen, a chicken farmer in Merriwa, (pictuyred) in the far west of New South Wales, was shocked when he opened the letter last week
The note, which was printed on an A4 piece, was addressed to his house
Mr. Killen then googled “farmer hates post Australia” and discovered that he was not alone.
Farmers in New South Wales are the target of cruel villains who have sent insulting letters urging them to “use a bullet themselves.”
The offensive letters come as farmers across the country struggle with one of the worst droughts ever recorded, with crop production in the country falling for the third consecutive year.
The drought has put many families under pressure, with a number of farmers admitting to suffer from mental health problems.
There are approximately 20 suicide deaths per 100,000 people in isolated rural areas, according to one by NSW Health and Newcastle University.
Several residents in Dubbo, Walgett and Peak Hill in the western region of the state reported having received the disturbing notes in November last year, police said.
Several farmers in Dubbo, Walgett and Peak Hill in the western region of the state reported having received the disturbing notes in November last year, police said
The notes come when farmers in Australia are struggling through a devastating drought. (Pictured: Sheep drinking from a water trough in ‘Barber’s Lagoon’ on the edge of northwest New South Wales)
The wording in each letter is similar to what Mr Killen has received.
However, it is believed that the letters were previously delivered by hand, while Killen’s were mailed to him.
In a Facebook message, Mr. Killen said he had no idea how the sender would have found his address or who might have sent the letter.
He said he shared the letter online in the hope that others who had received similar letters would feel less threatened.
‘I don’t know that’ vegans’ are the senders, but it is clear that someone is to blame for a psychological problem. I feel very sorry for them, “he said.
A farmer in ‘Barber’s Lagoon’ on the edge of northwestern New South Wales
Rural communities in NSW, such as the one in Broken Hill (photo), have suffered a terrible drought
NSW Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside has labeled the actions as outrageous and asked everyone with information to come forward.
“It is extremely important that these letters are not covered, both physically and by not disclosing information to other members of the public that could influence the investigation,” he said.
“Victims should report the matter to the local police as soon as possible to increase our chances of resolving the nature of these letters.
“Anyone who has received a similar letter is encouraged to contact his local police station and report the matter.”
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