Stop The Slaughter of Australian Wild Horses

  • by: Maggie Keegan
  • recipient: The Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Kevin Rudd

Queensland, the Sunshine State is raining blood, the blood of Australia's Heritage Brumby horses in Carnarvon National Park.  Another 2000 horses targeted for a cruel, agonising death at the hands of so called trained park rangers with high powered rifles will die in April.   Foals will linger, lost, and die of starvation without their dams.

This is happening here, now .... make Australian Federal and State Governments introduce sustainable management and redirect over $300.000 of tax payers' money into alternatives.   DO IT NOW.


Dear Prime Minister,

As you are reading this petition thousands of iconic Brumbies (Australia's Mustang) are being killed in Queensland by aerial shooting.

We the undersigned call on you to stop the Queensland cull of Brumbies and take steps to see that it never happens again anywhere in Australia.

Culling is at best only a short term measure, one that will require the senseless slaughter of these beautiful and iconic creatures to be repeated again and again as Brumby numbers rise in the future. Instead we request that a management plan involving designated sanctuaries, breeding controlled sterilisation and the sale of suitable horses be developed and implemented. Funding of such a plan couldbe drawn from the money being spent on the culls and eventually from  environmental and cultural tourism and horse sales and would reflect international practice regarding populations of wild horses.

The cull of Brumbies by aerial shooting:
1. Involves pointless suffering, not matter how expert the marksman, not every shot can be a bulls eye, foals are left to die horrible slow deaths following the loss of their mothers, horses are injured while running in terror form the helicopters ...

2. Is economically inefficient in the long term as it will need to be done again and again in the future.

3. Is culturally irresponsible when Australian literature and cinema have immortalised the Brumby and the awareness of the importance of the Brumby and its association with cattle raising and the Stockman in helping to build Australia is growing.

Australia can do the right thing and reap the long term cultural and economic rewards by promoting its self at home and overseas as a destination for cultural, environmental and adventure tourism by managing Brumby populations within dedicated reserves.

Thank you for taking time to read this letter.
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