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Australia has many thousands of wild brumby horses. Slaughtered from air and ground and left to die; tiny foals perish of starvation without their dams. This is the shameful attitude of the Australian Government; it is barbaric and cruel and the

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Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday December 20, 2008, 7:16 am
Another aerial atrocity, this time on Frazier Downs W.A.
Frazier Gang cull - wild horses shot at Frazier Downs WA
Australia seems intent on inflicting a cruel fate on its horse heritage. Once again horses are being violently shot from helicopters at Frazier Downs in Western Australia, despite the willingness and efforts of wild horse rescue groups such as the Outback Heritage Association of WA.

“Save the Brumbies has received photos depicting horrific images of horses riddled with bullets” says Jan Carter, President of Save the Brumbies Inc, an animal welfare charity based in New South Wales. “Save the Brumbies applauds the work of the Outback Heritage Horse Association of WA who, despite desperately limited resources, save many horses from being shot or going to the doggers.”

According to reports, a young orphaned colt alerted members of the local Aboriginal community that manage Frazier downs when he wandered in to town. Christened “Jimminy”, he is now being cared for by a member to the OHHAWA.
Sadly little Jimminy died from infection, result of stress and lack of essential nutritents from his mother who was slaughtered.

Over 2 days 672 horses were shot in an aerial cull that has distressed many of the local community. It is understood that that RSPCA will be investigating the matter.

The Frazier Downs travesty highlights the need for governments to find better, longer term and more humane management plans for wild horses. Aerial culling of horses is banned in New South Wales, and in two NSW National Parks, the Guy Fawkes River and the Oxley Rivers parks, horses are passively trapped and given a second chance by groups such as Save the Brumbies who care for the removed horses and adopt them out to the public.

“And we can even do better” says Jan Carter. “We want to start using the fertility control vaccine PZP on our own New England Brumby Sanctuary and gain direct experience in what I believe is the future for wildlife management”

Save the Brumbies calls for all state and federal governments to put an end to outdated and barbaric wild horse management and develop responsible, long term and humane management plans.

Proud parents & Jimminy

Sadly little Jimminy died suddenly of a severe infection caused by his separation at birth from his slaughtered mother which resulted in his lowered immune system. We, and all horse lovers, send our love and support to Jimminy’s adopted Mum and Dad, Libby and Tom Lovegrove who did all that was humanely possible to care for this beautiful baby.

It should not happen, but it does, time and time again we see and hear of this shocking cruelty to our wild horses yet Government say it’s humane, animal welfare protocols are in place and there is no other choice. We dispute this totally, we hold up the Bureau of Land Management programs run by the US Government as a model for our country to follow yet those in power refuse to listen. Keep those letters going to Government, united we can make a difference. Photos of the W.A. slaughter are too horrific to post on this web site as to do so would cause distress to many viewers.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday December 20, 2008, 7:17 am
Updates re the Carnarvon Slaughter
6000 horses have now been slaughtered by helicopters in Carnarvon Gorge Northern Queensland. More are targeted. Autopsy reports state that four bullets were used to kill each horse, ages range from foals, yearlings to young adults. Carcasses left to rot where they lie and fouling creeks and streams. An environmental joke, Carnarvon is now a feasting ground for foxes, pigs and wild dogs to feed and breed up even more. Now is surely the time for Qld. EPA to work through these issues and introduce planned management for the future. Will this happen ??? So far Qld. Government is ignoring this issue. The Carnarvon horses still face bullets and cruelty in the coming months. Australia’s shame continues.

Please email: and voice your concerns directly to the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

Warning These photographs may cause distress; we show them to expose the shocking brutality of aerial slaughter and the distress and prolonged suffering it inflicts on living creatures.

Despite our letters to Anna Bligh, State Premier of Queensland and the Environment Minister for Queensland, MP Andrew MacNamara regarding the shocking aerial slaughter of horses in Carnarvon Gorge, Qld. we have not received any positive answers to our questions on future planned management of the horses. Our replies have come from Government secretaries with a few lines simply stating that the slaughter was ‘necessary’ due to environmental impacts. It is not good enough and we demand that the Queensland Government address this issue without further delay.

Press Release

Stop shooting bullets - start darting
Save the Brumbies is urging all levels of governments to start using fertility control for wild horse management. Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP) has now been successfully trialed on American Mustangs for 17 years, humanely reducing herds by 10%.

The recent exposure of plans by the Queensland Government to shoot 10,000 horses is yet another result of years of mismanagement, short term planning and knee jerk reaction to solving the problem of managing horses in the Australian environment. The time is right to change to more humane and ultimately more cost effective ways of controlling horses in the wild.

“We call for an immediate stop to the shooting in Queensland and formation of horse management committee including people with real experience with managing wild horses” says Jan Carter, President of Save the Brumbies. “Fertility control, in conjunction with other methods such as passive trapping and re-homing horses must be part of a long term, sustainable plan.”

A year ago, the Queensland Government and the Australian Military Service killed over 1300 horses in the Clemont State Forest and Rollingston areas. Campaigns against the cull by Save the Brumbies and the broader community stopped the ongoing shooting. A tender for the capture of horses in the area was sought but not taken up.

“At the time, we looked at the tender specifications and concluded that it was set up to fail”, says Jan Carter. “The time frames alone were totally unrealistic. Governments need to bring on board people with real experience in this area.”

Save the Brumbies is funded privately from donations and adoption and sponsorship fees. It operates two brumby sanctuaries in NSW and re-homes horses from the Guy Fawkes and Oxley River National Parks.

Carolyn T (234)
Saturday December 20, 2008, 7:24 am
Noted. I backtracked to site and verified that I had, indeed, signed the petition earlier. Thank you, Simone, for staying on top of this!

Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday December 20, 2008, 7:27 am
There is a video here of the Australian brumbies -

Comopassion for Australian wild horses petition -

Help stop aerial shooting of wild horses in Queensland petition -

Stop the inhumane killing of wild horses in Queensland petition -


Karen S (148)
Saturday December 20, 2008, 8:55 am
I also checked to make sure I signed the petition and I did. Noted~ Thank you Simone

Rose L (202)
Saturday December 20, 2008, 2:43 pm
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Petition also previously signed...Thankyou Simone

Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday December 20, 2008, 8:09 pm
Thank you everybody.

Pat B (356)
Saturday December 20, 2008, 8:18 pm
Thank You Simone, for this info. Signed, and Noted.

Darlene K (356)
Sunday December 21, 2008, 1:01 am
Noted and action was taken, thank you Simone.

Joycey B (750)
Sunday December 21, 2008, 6:30 am
Gladly signed. Noted. Thanks for all you do for the animals Simone.

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Mariska C (20)
Sunday December 21, 2008, 11:30 am
E-mail sent and petitions signed. Thanks Simone

Amena Andersson (187)
Sunday December 21, 2008, 12:42 pm
This makes me feel ill. How could humans be so cruel. I know that cruel people exit; one could not reach my age that neive. But, it still makes be recoil in horro. These say sudo-humans show much the same sort of attitutde towards humans. Whether they are badly miswired from birth or became SO UTTERLY WITHOUT HUMAN FEELING DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES SINCE BIRTH MAKES NO MATTER. SOMEHOW THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED. LOCKED UP? TREATED FOR PSYCHOSIS, WHATEVER. Sorry for the shouting, but it is how I keep from crying.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Sunday December 21, 2008, 1:07 pm
Shout all you like Amena, this makes one shout, scream and breaks one's heart. The slaughter of the Australian brumbies just never stops, they will not leave them alone. They blame them for habitat destruction, which is a joke, this country has been in a drought,still is, there has been no habitat for them to destroy, they are just trying to survive like all of us.

jerie j (27)
Sunday December 21, 2008, 1:15 pm
I will be signing the petition and I would gladly do more if I were able. I find these actions discustingly subhuman. It is a sad state that our world is in nowadays. I'm glad you enlightened us to these God awfull acts of violence. Keep up the good work.

Jenny Casey (33)
Sunday December 21, 2008, 1:17 pm

Patricia McCaskill (139)
Tuesday December 23, 2008, 8:26 pm
Australia has a simple answer to its animal "problems" kill them. Repeatedly they slaughter all forms of animals. I know we have some great folks here at Care2 who must be very frustrated with their government's take on how to control differing species. How do we get through to them?
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