A Northern Territory buffalo contractor says thousands of animals will be shot if live exports don't resume to Indonesia soon.
No Australian buffalo have been sent to Indonesia since last year's trade suspension, because stun-guns are deemed to be ineffective in their slaughter.
Markus Rathsman, from Gullin Gullin Buffalo Company, says there are more than 60,000 buffalo in Arnhem Land which need a market.
"Because these are a free-range herd, we have to stay operating," he said.
"I guess you could say that there is a beneficial use of buffalo; Otherwise it becomes a bit like the camels, where the push will come to controlling numbers and to start shooting them."
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