• Farmers across NSW western region became targets of hate mail last month
  • The anonymous letters urged them to 'use a bullet' on themselves
  • Residents in Dubbo, Walgett and Peak Hill had received disturbing notes
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Farmers are currently battling the worst drought conditions in Australia. Above is a crop farmer in Parkes, NSW
Farmers across NSW have become the targets of abusive letters urging them to 'use a bullet' on themselves if they 'can't handle' the drought.

Several residents in Dubbo, Walgett and Peak Hill in the state's western region reported receiving the disturbing notes last month, police said.

One of the letters, obtained by The Daily Telegraph, had been typed in a large font on white paper and is believed to have been hand delivered.

'Hey loser, no one cares that you have to send livestock to slaughter,' the note states.

Vegan shoot youselves notes

Several farmers in Dubbo, Walgett and Peak Hill in the state's western region reported receiving the disturbing notes last month, police said
'If you cannot handle the drought, use a bullet on yourself. You know you want to. No one cares whether you live or die, not even your family.'

Farmers are currently battling the worst drought on record with the country's crop production set to fall for the third consecutive year.

NSW Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside has branded the acts 'downright disgraceful' and asked for anyone with information to come forward.


'It is extremely important that these letters are not over-handled, both in a physical sense and by not disclosing information to fellow members of the public which may impact the investigation,' he said.

'Victims should report the matter to local police in a very timely manner in order to increase our chances of resolving the nature of these letters.

'Anyone who has received a similar letter is encouraged to contact their local police station and report the matter.'

Police have not commented on who may be behind the disturbing notes but social media users have suggested they could have been sent by militant vegans.

'When the milk price crashed, I had vegans telling me to kill myself and my family. That I deserved to die because I had to sell some of my cows to cut costs etc. Seems the vegans are at it again. Attacking farmers when they are struggling is disgraceful,' one Facebook user said.

'If they want to live a vegan lifestyle, fine. Don't preach, threaten, or be judgemental and cruel to the rest of us,' said another.
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'Inquiries continue into reports of vexatious letters,' NSW Police said in a post with this picture
Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers at: 1800 333 000.