Stop the Slaughter of Thousands of Wild Horses


Target: Mike Baird, Premier of New South Wales

Goal: Do not allow inhumane culling of wild horses in the Snowy Mountains.

Lawmakers in New South Wales have announced a shocking plan to slaughter more than 5,000 of the roughly 6,000 brumby horses living in and around Australia’s Snowy Mountains region. The brumby is an iconic breed of horse that is said to have descended from mares and stallions brought to Australia by British settlers in the 19th century.

According to the controversial plan, the brumbies are to be reduced by a whopping 90 percent, effectively driving them to the brink of extinction. Within 10 years, about 3,000 horses would be slaughtered. After 20 years, there would be only 600 left. Ground shootings would be the primary method of eliminating the unwanted horses.

The rationale behind the proposed slaughter is that the brumbies are overpopulated and pose a threat to the ecosystem. Authorities argue that relocating the horses is impractical.

Madison Young, an environmental scientist and Vice President of the Hunter Valley Brumby Association, begs to differ. She has stated that there is no scientific evidence that the horses do any serious damage to their environment. Moreover, she says that relocating the horses is indeed practical, as they tend to settle into new surroundings very well.

Proponents of the cull claim that shooting the horses is the most “humane” way of dealing with the situation. The term “humane cull” is often used. But this is an oxymoron. There is nothing remotely humane about shooting thousands of healthy, intelligent and friendly horses to death.

Culling of this sort oftentimes goes disastrously wrong. During an aerial cull (in which animals are shot from helicopters) carried out in New South Wales in 2000, many horses took days to die after the bullets they were shot with failed to kill them instantly. It’s hard to imagine a crueler way to kill an innocent creature.

Please sign the below petition, urging the New South Wales government to reject this monstrous proposal.


Dear Mr. Baird,

I was horrified to learn of your government’s plan to slaughter thousands of wild horses via ground shooting. Brumbies are beautiful, intelligent and calm creatures. They have as much a right to their lives as you and I do.

As you know, there are humane alternatives to slaughtering these horses. They can, for instance, be trapped and relocated. This is not only a viable solution, but a cruelty-free one as well. That people would choose to kill them instead defies belief.

Please choose kindness over cruelty and reject the proposed cull of brumbies.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Robyn MacRae

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  1. Catherine Jenereaux says:

    Feral or wild, is there a difference? Not really. Brumby’s are resilient and adapt well to a multitude of environments. There is a practice in many countries where feral cats and dogs are neutered or spayed and released back into the environment. Eventually the numbers drop through natural causes. This certainly would be a more humane way to control the Brumby population. Culling is a practice that Governments try to justify but slaughter is slaughter.

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