AUSTRALIAN STATE BANS GRAZING IN NATIONAL PARKS
A May 5, 2015, vote by the Victorian Parliament will ban cattle grazing in national parks within the Australian state. The ban affects all national parks in the state, and follows a controversial trial period for grazing in Alpine National Park instituted by the previous administration. The previous government hoped to show that grazing reduced the risk of wildfires, but conservationists argued the practice would lead to severe environmental degradation. For the full story, see http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/victorian-grazing-ban-for-national-parks-to-take-hold-20150505-gguqvn.html.