- Posted November 28, 2013 by
Australia’s killing field fuels international outrage over aerial slaughter
Demand for a public investigation into the heritage horse massacre at Lake Gregory
LAKE GREGORY, Western Australia (28 November 2013) – Australian wild horse advocacy group Wild Horses Kimberley (WHK) and Brumby admirers world-wide are outraged at the gruesome and shocking evidence that hundreds of Australia’s Brumbies were killed by gunmen chasing them in helicopters last month. WHK demands an immediate public inquiry into the Lake Gregory massacre and permanent end to the inhumane practice of aerial killing.
"Mass slaughter is heinous and barbaric, states Anne Novak executive director of Protect Mustangs,USA. “People from around the world are shocked that Australia would kill its heritage horses.”
Carcasses now slowly decay on the shoreline of this Indigenous Protected Area and proposed RAMSAR wetland; leaving the water fouled and polluted by the very animals slaughtered allegedly to ‘protect it’.
“Heritage wild horses were gunned down from the air with lethal semi-automatic military rifles” explains Libby Lovegrove, President of Wild Horses Kimberley. “The landscape is littered with the bodies of those slain like a warzone!”
Traditional Owners (TO’s), Indigenous Australians with land rights and title over the area, sent a letter to Government Ministers just weeks before the killing began. The letter clearly stated their strong opposition to the planned aerial slaughter and pleaded for help to prevent it.
“We most certainly do not want an aerial cull to be carried out on our land. Our horses are a valuable asset to our land and to our community”. – Extract from the Letter by Traditional Owners, Billilunna, WA
Wild Horses Kimberley requests an inquiry into the legality of the shootings as no permission was given by TO’s for the slaughter to take place. Local authorities must now pursue the matter. Wild Horses Kimberley requests the Department of Agriculture and the RSPCA to provide generators, pumps and other tools immediately to provide fresh clean water from bore points to the remaining injured wild horses and other wildlife.
“We will continue to advocate for the wild horses of the Kimberley and across Australia,” states Lovegrove. “Through education our goal is to protect the heritage horses for future generations under a sustainable management plan that would see them remain safe and free”.
Members of the public are encouraged to contact their elected officials requesting intervention to end the tragic heritage horse killing sprees as well as write to Minister Peter Collier to express their disgust at the heinous act. Minister.Collier@dpc.wa.gov.au
Wild Horses Kimberley is dedicated to protecting and preserving heritage horses in the Kimberley. Their website is www.wildhorseskimberley.com.au
If you would like to donate and help save the Wild Horses of the Kimberley, donations are being taken through PayPal at - email@example.com
Media contacts: All media enquiries to Elizabeth Lovegrove at Wild Horses Kimberley
Phone: 0417 612 958
Traditional Owners’ Letter against the aerial killing: http://www.wildhorseskimberley.com.au/wp-content/uploads/LakeGregoryCull/Letter_Bililuna.pdf
Wildlife and cows can be partners, not enemies, in search for food (Princeton University): https://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S32/93/41K10/index.xml?section=featured
Opponents of wild horse cull in the Kimberley say some have been left to die slowly (Yahoo ~ ABC ~ News 7): http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/19697501/opponents-of-wild-horse-cull-in-the-kimberley-say-some-have-been-left-to-die-slowly/
Horses left to rot after Kimberley aerial cull (Yahoo ~ The West Australian) http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/19696285/horses-left-to-rot-after-kimberley-aerial-cull/
Aerial cull stirs fiery debate (The New Zealand Herald): http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11161675
Clinton Wolf and the extractive industry: http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/content/2007/s1991055.htm
Australians uniting to protect their land and water:
Hon Peter Collier, Premiere Western Australia and former Energy Minister: