Australia to kill wild horses by aerial shooting

Animal News : Australia to kill wild horses by aerial shooting

Australia has decided to start shooting wild horses from the air in the Kosciuszko National Park. There are about 19,000 wild horses in the park. The New South Wales government wants only 3,000 horses in the park by 2027.

The park has been trying to control the horse numbers by catching and moving the animals. The animals are also shot from the ground. But the state’s environment minister, Penny Sharpe, said they need to kill the horses by aerial shooting, because local plants and other animals are in danger. “This was not an easy decision — no one wants to have to kill wild horses,” Sharpe said.

In 2002, the government shot more than 600 wild horses over three days. The method was soon banned after a fierce public backlash.

Wild horses part of Australia

Some people love the wild horses, which are also called brumbies. They think of them as a symbol of Australia’s past. Since the 1800s, brumbies have been in Australia; they are even mentioned in old poems and songs. The animals were celebrated by the Australian “bush poet” Banjo Paterson. He wrote lyrical about a “wild, unhandled” animal who roamed the mountains.

However, some conservationists say the horses destroy native plants. “The unique and complex ecosystems of the Australian Alps have been trampled for too long,” said Jacqui Mumford, head of the Nature Conservation Council, an environmental group.

She said brumbies’ activities damaged fauna species, “including the iconic corroboree frog, the broad-toothed rat and rare alpine orchids.”

Australia has up to 400,000 feral horses, according to the Invasive Species Council. The conservation group supports the decision to resume aerial shooting. 

Support The Animal ReaderDaily Animal News

The Animal Reader reports on the urgent animal-related issues of our times. We provide daily updates that inform and empower our readers to make decisions that can positively impact animal lives. We believe that access to news should be free, so our articles will always be available for everyone. 

If you can support us, even with just 1 euro, you’re helping us advocate for a future where people realize the mistreatment of animals in our world and the importance of living in harmony with animals and nature.

Previous articleBird flu triggers devastating loss of young elephant seals in Argentina
Next articleDutch company secures €40 million to fight killing baby male chickens in egg industry