ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY OPPOSES PROPOSED BRUMBY SLAUGHTER

Animal Justice Party candidate for Eden Monaro, Frankie Seymour, has spoken out forcefully against the  NSW Government’s proposal for a mass slaughter of brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park.

The NSW government plans to reduce the population of wild horses in the Park by half in ten years and by  90 per cent in 20 years. The government proposes a range of control methods including trapping, rehoming,  mustering, ground shooting, fertility control and fencing. Ms Seymour agrees that rehoming, fencing and  fertility control, are potentially humane, but she totally rejects the assertion that shooting is humane:

‘Shooting  animals  of  any  kind  is  invariably  cruel.  There  are  always  some  who  are  wounded  and  die  a  terrible  death.  There  are  always  young  animals  orphaned.  There  is  always  disruption  and  distress  caused  to  the  whole  herd.  There  is  no  humane  way  of  slaughtering  large  numbers  of  wild  animals.  In  any  case,  there  is  no  ethical  justification  for  taking  the  irreplaceable  individual  lives  of  healthy  sentient  beings.’

Ms Seymour is also concerned that the government is not telling the public everything. She points out:

“Every  mass  slaughter  of  animals  leads  to  an  almost  immediate  increase  in  the  population,  as  younger,  more  fertile  individuals  are  born  of  the  survivors,  with  plenty  of  food  and  space  to  share,  and  quickly  fill  and  exceed  the  niches  left  by  those  killed.  The  NSW  government  does  not  intend  total  wipe-out  of  the  brumbies,  nor  has  anyone  suggested  it  is  even  possible.  To  maintain  the  population  at  its  reduced  level  in  perpetuity,  they  will  have  to  either  shoot  the  horses  in  perpetuity  or  control  them  using  fertility  control.

‘I  don’t  think  we  can  be  confident  the  government  will  use  exclusively  fertility  control.  if  the  Government  had  managed  the  brumbies  situation  correctly,  using  non-lethal  measures,  over  the  past  decade  we  would  not  be  in  this  situation  where  a  large  number  of  animals  are  affected.  If  non-lethal  measures  had  been  used  with  small  numbers  and  with  population  monitoring,  we  would  be  looking  at  a  much  smaller  population  today.

‘Given  the  NSW  government’s  record  on  brumby  management,  and  wild  animal  management  generally,  it  seems  very  likely  the  number  of  horses  killed  over  the  coming  decades  will  number  not  in  the  thousands, but  in  the  millions.’

Ms Seymour, a retired environmental scientist, adds that the ethical and welfare concerns are not the only  problem with the proposal:

‘Once  a  species  is  naturalised,  found  a  niche  in  the  ecosystem,  it  is  impossible  to  remove  it  in  large  numbers  without  doing  harm  to  that  ecosystem,  sometimes  more  harm  than  good.  In  a  rapidly  changing  environment,  as  Australia’s  has  been  for  the  last  200  years,  the  harm  of  removing  brumbies  (or  any  other  naturalised  animal)  is  very  likely  to  exceed  the  good.’

Ms Seymour is urging everyone who is concerned about this matter to do two things: submit comments to the Draft Wild Horse Management Plan for Kosciuszko National Park at https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/protectsnowies before 8 July 2016; andContinue reading

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