They shoot horses, don't they?
Brumby advocates are calling for ground and aerial shooting of Victorian brumbies to be abandoned in favour of more measured and kinder ways of managing populations of wild living horses in national parks.
World disgrace and condemnation followed the inhumane execution of brumbies by aerial culling in NSW in October 2000. The cull led to a ban on aerial shooting of horses in all NSW National Parks because of the cruel and inhumane deaths of brumbies.
Ground shooting is just as cruel allege brumby advocates who speak of horses bolting at the first shot many receiving multiple gun shots to the guts in the confusion and lingering for several painful days or foals being trampled in the stampede.
The Andrews Government's recent release of the "draft feral horse action Plan 2021" is calling for up to 560 brumbies to be slaughtered this year either by ground or aerial shooting.
Brumby advocates argue both are cruel and inhumane and must not proceed.
Advocates argue brumbies have lived in the Victorian Alpine Park and Bogong High Plains for over two centuries, living in co-existence with other wildlife.
"Brumbies are part of Australia's cultural and social heritage and ought be retained in heritage National Parks in sustainable managed mobs, preferably with legislation for their long term protection."
Brumby advocates have a rally planned to take place in Barmah on 24 April 2021 to coincide with the local Barmah Muster with Wendy Lovell MP to address the rally and a date yet to be set for a Melbourne rally to deliver a petition with over 166,000 signatures of people who oppose brumby shooting to the Minister for Environment Lily D'Ambrosio.
What do you think should be done to manage wild brumbies in national parks? Do you support culling or is another solution possible?