The plan to cull our wild brumbies is facing huge backlash

Australia is no stranger to culling wild animals, but plans to drastically reduce the wild horse population in the Snowy

Australia is no stranger to culling wild animals, but plans to drastically reduce the wild horse population in the Snowy Mountains is facing backlash from protestors who liken the cull to a mass slaughter.

The NSW government released its plan to cut the wild horse population down from 6000 to 600 and brumby advocates are not happy.

They have taken particular protest to the fact that many of the horses will be shot dead, a method they say is inhumane.

The plan has been welcomed by environmentalists though who say the cull with her preserve and protect the Kosciuszko National Park in NSW, which is home to thousands of brumbies, over the decade.

The horses are said to be damaging the park’s delicate alpine and sub-alpine environment.

Australia already has laws and rules in place to carry out culls of kangaroos and rabbits in many areas, but the idea of killing the brumbies just doesn’t seem to sit well with many people.

Some have argued it’s because the horses are such intelligent animals that it seems cruel to kill them, rather than re-home them or find another solution to the problem.

For others it’s a matter of nature versus the greater good – and the reality of country life.

They say the cull needs to happen the protect the national park and that if nothing is done to remove the horses soon the damage to the park will be too far gone.

What are you thoughts on this issue?

Is the wild brumby cull necessary? Or is it cruel to kill so many of the wild horses?

  1. Marie  

    Leave OUR beautiful brumbies alone!

    They’re the descendants of the ‘Walers’ who carried our Mounted Infantry, in sometimes horrific situations, during WWI, as well as to victory.

    Thousands of carcasses left to rot in the ‘Snowies’ would do more harm to the environment, than the live horses would.

    Why not round some of them up to be used on Station properties, riding for the disabled, pony club use, mounted police?

    Outright culling is disgusting, & shows an uncaring, uncivilised country, with politicians having blood on their hands.

    The almighty $ reigns supreme again, in that these fine horses’ can’t be re-housed, in an environment suited to THEM!

    To cull them is cruelty to the nth degree. What does the RSPCA have to say about it?

  2. Equus  

    Why not get a percentage of the Racing Industry billions $$$, to pay for these brumbies’ being kept on land tracts, similar to what they’ve now?

    That money would easily pay for ’rounding-up, transport, feed, land purchase, sheds to protect them, trees for shade, ensure permanent water supply etc.

    Whose the first State to contribute?

  3. John Hegarty  

    Very clear that these comments show a complete ignorance of breeds of horses, the uses for those breeds, how to muster wild animals, what capture does, what happens after capture, how a is horse trained sufficiently for movement let alone use, where so-called ‘waler’ horses actually came from, and a multitude of other practical issues usually not associated with the average urban Australian lifestyle. Theses horses are descended from horses released (or escaped) from properties in the general area and create a problem not easily resolved. Like lots of problems caused by hundred + years neglect this one is not easily solved

  4. Jenny  

    The pigs, rabbits, and deer cause more damage than the brumbies. The brumbies have been there for centuries, it is not them causing the damage they are just easier to kill.

  5. Carolyne M  

    We have had the same thing going on here in NZ with the Kaimanawa Horses, they used to shoot them but now they round them up and by using a ballot process of prospective owner application they sell them for a couple of hundred dollars, and the horses are rehomed, here by saving them as well as keeping the population under control protecting the flora and fauna….I personally would rather they were left alone but, at least this way it is a win win for the horses as well as the enviroment…

  6. Peter Kenrick  

    I cannot talk about the affect horse have on the environment of the eastern mountain ranges, but I put this out there. Having spent a lot of time in arid station country, I have seen first hand the damage done by bumbies. With the introduction of available water by way of bores, windmills and turkey dams, the number of feral horses has exploded. With their sharp hoofs and fast pace, they rip up the soil and cause major damage to any surface water courses. They also compete most successfully with cattle.
    On a number of stations here in the west, I have been told, any horse you see, shoot. Some of the feral horses are magnificent and I thought the graziers could round them up and sell them off to the teenage girl market. When queried about this possibility, the landholder gave me the following explanation for not doing it.
    To round up, corrale, feed, break, and transport to the urban market would cost in the vicinity of $850-950, at best they would get $800 for the best of the bunch. A bullet costs a dollar and for every horse that goes to a good home, there will be hundreds left. Simply, not worth the grief.
    A real pity, but if the pastoral industry is to survive, and it is a renewable resource unlike iron ore, all the feral species need to be controlled.

  7. Michael Cole  

    would have thought there are more important issues in this country at the moment than this….Next thing they will be blaming this on climate change or global warning…Buffoons forcing their opinions on everyone else

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