The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is calling for an inhumane cull of wild horses in the Snowy Mountains, according to a report on smh.com.au.
NPWS and other groups say horses in Kosciuszko National Park are damaging fragile environments and should be shot from helicopters to protect mountain ecosystems. They also allege that any attempts to re-home wild horses are not practical and could also be cruel to the horses.
However, the vice- president of the Hunter Valley Brumby Association, who is also an environmental scientist, says there is no scientific evidence of the horses damaging the National Park, and those animals re-homed settle well into their new surroundings. In addition, the brumby association believes the National Parks areas where the wild horses roam can be preserved.
Aerial culling has had disastrous results in NSW previously - an aerial cull conducted in 2000 saw many horses left dying for days after inaccurate marksmen failed to kill them outright.
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