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The Central Land Council : Why we need to cull wild horses

Posted: Thu, May 09, 2013

Horses leaving a waterhole, end of December 2012.

The Central Land Council says culls of feral animals are necessary on humanitarian and environmental grounds

The Central Land Council says culls of feral animals are necessary on humanitarian and environmental  grounds

“We have an enormous problem with feral animals – horses, donkeys, and camels which are degrading the country and dying in their thousands due to lack of food and water. The destruction of waterholes in particular has a profound effect on native animals,” CLC Director David Ross said.

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“We want to undertake an aerial cull of horses  on one particular area where there are about 10,000 feral horses suffering terrible and slow deaths and destroying the country for years to come.

“The damage is catastrophic. There is no motive to decrease their numbers due to competition with pastoral activities because they are on unstocked Aboriginal land.

“The areas we deal with are remote and vast – thousands of square kilometres -  with no infrastructure such as yards and little access in the way of roads,” Mr Ross said.

Mustering the horses into temporary yards and trucking them off to the nearest abattoir 1500kms away  in South Australia is not a practical or satisfactory solution except in rare circumstances. In addition there is little in the way of a viable market for horses.

“We are extremely concerned about animal welfare and wish to carry out any operations in the most humane way possible.

“Nobody wants to see suffering especially the traditional owners of the land who love the horses but are well aware of the terrible consequences of out of control populations. Aerial culling has been chosen as the most humane and effective way of dealing with these types of  feral animals.

“We also understand it’s a complex issue and quite challenging for many people who oppose animal cruelty  but I think most people don’t fully  understand the circumstances and environment we are in.

“We have heartbreaking footage and stills taken by our motion sensor cameras of these horses dying and suffering in terrible circumstances.