The ancestors of today’s Brumbies were brought to Australia over 200 years ago against their will, and their neglect has created the complex problem Kosciuszko National Park is facing today.
We cannot let these intelligent, sentient animals - who have the capacity for feel the same pain and fear as Kosciuszko’s native animals - suffer for our mistakes. It is our duty to find an effective an humane way to resolve this problem.
Right now, a number of NSW political parties are attempting to repeal the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act and condemn Kosciuszko’s Brumbies to death by shooting, trapping and transportation to knackeries.
We know this brutal solution has not worked in the past, that is why the Animal Justice Party NSW is fighting for a scientific, compassionate approach to properly manage wild horse populations: Immunocontraceptives.
Immunocontraceptives have been used effectively in the United States as an integral part of the management of wild horses in similar terrain to that of Kosciuszko for over 15 years. Yet here in Australia this method remains under-researched.
We believe that with the right investment in research and trial studies, fertility control offers potential to humanely and ethically reduce wild-horse numbers to a level that is acceptable in the long term.
Immunocontraception is the only scientifically-backed solution being put forward that promises to be both effective, and avoid animal cruelty. But we need to start investing in research now.
The Australian Alps National Parks have just released another flawed count of Brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park - and those who want Kosciuszko’s Brumbies to face slaughter are using this report to try an push for another bloodbath.
Together with our members and supporters we are fighting to ensure the NSW Government does not resort to a brutal knee-jerk reaction and protect these intelligent, sentient animals from a cruel and inhumane death.