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Australia's Killing Field Fuels International Outrage Over Aerial Slaughter

Animals  (tags: wild horses, brumbies, Australia, killing, aerial shooting, investigation, cruelty, extinction )

- 2020 days ago -
Carcasses now slowly decay on the shoreline of this Indigenous Protected Area and proposed RAMSAR wetland; leaving the water fouled and polluted by the very animals slaughtered allegedly to 'protect it'.


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stacey wallace (9)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 7:43 am
Terrible practice :( I hope we can help stop it continuing. Sadly noted

Sue H (7)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 8:38 am

Teresa W (782)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 8:43 am
absolutely horrible

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 9:25 am
Totally disgusting and so pointless. Shame on you Aussies+the Roo slaughter is also a disgrace. So much 4 it being a civilized country.

Constance F (418)
Thursday December 5, 2013, 8:25 am
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Vinnie m (333)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 11:14 pm
I agree with everything Natasha S., said.

Constance F (418)
Monday December 9, 2013, 12:00 am
i wanted to post the email i received back. just bereft !

Dear Ms Franklin

Thank you for your recent correspondence expressing concern regarding the aerial cull of feral horses on Lake Gregory and Billiluna pastoral leases (the Leases).

Lake Gregory contains wetlands of significant cultural and biodiversity value which have been under threat from overgrazing by large numbers of feral horses. An aerial census conducted by the Kimberley Rangeland Biosecurity Group on 24-26 September 2013 estimated that there were approximately 6,000 feral horses on the Leases.

This situation posed significant animal welfare issues. The quality of available water and food presented an imminent threat to the wellbeing of the feral horse population with recent test results indicating that soluble salt levels in the available water are twice the recommended limit for livestock. There was also an increased risk to community health and safety as a result of encroachment of feral horses on neighbouring communities.

The Leases are currently held by the Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT). The Pastoral Lands Board (PLB) has issued the ALT with Default Notices for the lack of proper management of the Leases and for not removing feral horses as is required by law. Non-compliance of the Default Notices may result in the ALT incurring fines and the PLB revoking the Leases in 2015. This will lead to the loss of Leases to the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal people being unable to utilise their land economically.

Extensive consultation with relevant bodies, including the RSPCA, representatives of the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area, Australian Veterinary Association, Kimberley Land Council (KLC), and Mulan and Billiluna Aboriginal communities, was also undertaken. The KLC on behalf of the KLC Board, the Tjurabalan Traditional Owners (which includes the Mulan and Billiluna Communities) and the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area Steering Committee wrote to me on 21 August 2013 requesting that the WA Government proceed immediately with the horse cull around the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area which covers the Lake Gregory and Billiluna Pastoral Leases.

Prior to commencing the operation the ALT investigated all viable options for the control of the feral horse population with animal welfare considerations at the forefront. A range of options were considered in this process including sterilisation, mustering to other areas or for processing at an abattoir and ground control.

The RSPCA did not support the muster and long-distance transportation of feral horses given these are wild animals unused to human contact or confinement and as a result the risk of stress and injury to the animals was very high. The RSPCA and the other key stakeholders agreed that an aerial cull was the most humane method to address the feral horse issue at Lake Gregory. All options aside from an aerial cull were likely to constitute a breach of the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

At the direction of the ALT, the Department of Agriculture and Food WA conducted an aerial cull at Lake Gregory, which was completed on 1 November 2013. The operation complied with Standard Operating Procedures for the humane control of animals, and was undertaken in line with RSPCA conditions. This included two independent and experienced veterinarians who were on site to undertake animal welfare audits for the operation.

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) will work with the RSPCA and other relevant agencies to partner in the development of a long-term strategy to ensure the ongoing and humane management of feral horses on the ALT estate. DAA and the ALT will also continue to investigate long term management options for the Leases. The focus will be to restore viable cattle businesses while providing sustainable training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Thank you for raising your concerns with me.

Kind regards


Sandi C (90)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:24 am
noted with sadness

June M (136)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 8:29 am
thank you Judy for posting

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 11:38 am

Sherri Martin (78)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10:15 am
Sadly noted.....this is absolutely devastating....
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