No 6 Barmah Heritage Brunbies
Parks Victoria are planning on SHOOTING dead the Barmah Heritage Brumbies that have lived in the 77,000 acre Barmah National Park and Barmah Forest for over 180 years.
These horses carry the bloodline that built our irrigation channels and towns, they are a part of Australia’s Heritage. Recent DNA testing has identified the Barmah Heritage Brumbies as unique and confirm they are their own breed. They are being wrongly blamed for destruction of the park, it is only since the area has been intentionally flooded have problems within the park occurred.
Parks Victoria flip flop on the numbers of horses located in the 77,000 acre area with figures ranging from 400 – 700. Local preservation groups estimate the real numbers only to be 100 averaging 1 horse for every 7,700 acres.
The Barmah Heritage Brumbies are being used as a distraction from the true cause of the parks decline, [the Moira grass]. Parks Victoria chief executive Mathew Jackson and conservationist scientist Mark Norman openly admitted the major damage to the forest came from the unseasonable environmental flooding NOT the horses.
Removing the Barmah Heritage Brumbies will NOT dramatically improve the situation of the Moira grass. These horses have been there for over 180 years and all was well until man made flooding was introduced.
Last year as a result of Parks Victoria, the Barmah Brumbies via deliberate flooding to the area were forced into less than 10% of the area resulting in a lack of food for the horses. The community intervened, raising money and feeding the horses. Now Parks Victoria want to SHOOT, re-home (which often results in horses ending up as pet food) and ensure the horses have access to bait (resulting in slow agonizing deaths) to eradicate them.
The public have shown what can be achieved when last year volunteers rallied and raised money to feed the Barmah Heritage Brumbies bringing them back from the brink of death, and now these HERITAGE horses need our help again.
The Barmah Heritage Brumbies are decedents from the ANZACS, are depicted in indigenous drawings and deserve to be treated with the respect they have earned.
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The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the survival of Australia’s unique wild horse, the brumby. Brumbies have lived here for 200 years, long before the creation of National Parks or manmade wetlands. They are now under threat from the Government, whose plans are to remove all brumbies from these areas.
Brumbies are an integral part of our social history and hold important cultural and heritage value. Brumbies are ancestors of the same founding stock linked to early settlers and were used during World War I and II.
Genetic sampling has been taking place since 2014, with brumbies being included in the World Wild Horse Database. To date, DNA sampling has established an individual DNA line to Barmah Horses and Barmah National Park, with over 80 samples tested. Victorian Government scientific reports do not differentiate impacts caused by all introduced species or acknowledge the benefits of brumbies.
Mass extermination or uncontrolled culling of brumbies would see the destruction of unique heritage brumby bloodlines from Victoria, as opposed to retaining controlled sustainable populations in all three key areas, enshrining the brumby in Australia’s history for future generations.
Brumby bloodlines should be protected in the form of legislation, namely a ‘Victorian Brumby Heritage Act’, which should recognise the heritage value of sustainable wild horse populations within the Barmah and Alpine National Parks and surrounding area of the Bogong High Plains. Action The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to abandon plans to remove all brumbies from the Bogong High Plains, Barmah and Eastern Alps and instead manage sustainable brumby populations, introduce legislation to protect brumby bloodlines and establish scientific and community advisory panels to participate in all future decisions for brumby populations, which should include a representative from key brumby organisations.