Save Australia's Iconic Brumbies from Eradication Stop the War on Brumbies

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THE  SURVIVAL OF  AUSTRALIA'S WILD LIVING BRUMBIES has  become a matter of International interest and significance. The eyes and ears of the world are supporting Australia's Brumbies, and we thank you.

In New South Wales Brumbies are protected by NSW Legislation, yet they are sent to knackeries! In Victoria, Brumbies have lived in harmony with wildlife for 200 years, in tourist areas they are revered and respected, yet are under threat of ground shooting or at worst an aerial cull.

WE DEMAND an immediate and independent count of all brumbies within the Alpine National Park that is not undertaken by adopting the flawed St Andrews Methodology that has led to grossly innacurate numbers. The 2021 count of 14,000 Brumbies in the Kosci National Park is flawed beyond reason, is challenged.

Please refer to the website for information and an analysis of the data from past years. The St Andrews methodology is unsuitable for brumbies and the methodology includes areas where brumbies could not possibly habitate. This flawed approach must be remedied before any further population counts are undertaken.

No action of any kind should be taken without knowledge of populations and current plans to trap, cull and remove Brumbies is reckless and fixated on false and scientifically unproven claims of "damage" within the Parks. There is in fact no peer reviewed science that has proven that brumbies cause the damage alleged by extreme politicised groups.

The Andrews Labor Government and the NSW Government, "misled" by extremist political elements link false population numbers to alleged damage caused by Brumbies which is scientifically unproven, misleading and designed to desensitize the community to the destruction of Heritage brumby populations by incorrectly blaming brumbies for damage to native habitat  and native species,  which is false.

These extremist politicised groups must not intermingle in decisions concerning Australia's cultural heritage values.

Barmah national park numbers are also  in dispute as is the methodology used for population counts of Brumbies in the 3 key Victrorian areas, mathematically and scientifically, numbers claimed are impossible.

Further, Brumby populations are self stabilising and numbers have changed over the 200 years of their presence to reflect seasonal and other changes for example bushfires and other natural events, like flooding and drought in Barmah Forest. 

A Moratorium on current management plans.

No action  of any kind concerning brumbies living in the Alpine National Park, Kosci National Park and the 3 key areas of Barmah, Bogong or Eastern Alps, including trapping rehoming,  shooting or sending to knackeries,  should be taking place and must be stopped immediately.  We demand  appropriate numbers counts with representatives from brumby groups being present and in New South Wales a CAP member representative of Brumby Groups.

Victorian Legislation

In Victoria we seek the enactment of Victorian Brumby Legislation and the appointment of a community advisory panel for each of the 3 key areas which shall make recommendations to the Minister on an  appropriate and suitable Management Plan for the  Victorian areas.

In New South Wales, we demand Minister Kean open the management plan for public consultation immediately.

The Cultural and Heritage Value of Brumbies 

Brumbies are an integral part of Australia’s social history and hold important cultural and heritage value for all Australians. 

Today’s Brumbies are descendants of the same founding stock of Brumbies that were used during  World War 1.  Genetic sampling has been taking place since 2014 with Australian Brumbies being included in the World Wild Horse Data base, undertaken by the university of Texas with Dr Gus Cothran at the helm.

To date,  DNA sampling has established a DNA line individual to the Barmah Horses and Barmah National park with over 80 samples tested.

The Australian Brumby is a much-loved iconic figure and has been immortalized in Elyne Mitchell’s Silver Brumby books, recorded in many poems, films, songs, internationally acclaimed artworks and folklore since colonization.

Brumbies contributed toward establishing the colonies in Australia.

Sustainable Brumby Populations

To ensure the survival of our Heritage Brumbies it is crucial that plans to exterminate  Brumbies be stopped.

Extensive DNA testing  has been conducted on horses in NSW and Victoria, DNA testing has shown that Brumbies have a robust, healthy genetic makeup. With this in mind we must not forget the sheer cruelty of  the “Guy Fawkes massacre” and the more recent loss of Brumbies at Singleton Army Base when an entire blood line was wiped out in one day. These sorts of events must not be allowed to happen again.

Brumbies contribute positively to the flora in areas where they live. They contribute to the ecological biodiversity and have done so well before National Parks came into being. The biodiversity of National Parks has  evolved over 200 years and populations of species inluding Brumbies cohabit successfully. 

As large Herbivores Brumbies contribute in a positive way to the National Park floor which is unacknowledged by Parks Victoria or extremist elements that use Brumbies as "scapegoats" in their politicised attempts to remove Brumbies.

The State Governments  ignore current and international independent science that leans toward the reintroduction of large herbivore to the natural environment because of  ecological benefits gained in areas where large herbivore had previously been removed.   Brumbies in fact forage on growth that reduces fire hazards, they spread and reintroduce seeds, their contribution is widely acknowledged by independent science.  The  presence of Brumbies is in fact complimentary to native species and Brumbies have lived symbiotically and successfully with native and other wildlife in our National Parks for nearly 200 years.

There is in fact no direct evidence to prove  Brumbies cause  alleged negative impact on National Parks habitat and native species claimed by extremist political elements.

Good Management requires Brumby populations be -   formally recognised for their direct links to original settler founding stock, and   their essential contribution to early settlement survival, and as army remounts,

enshrined in Australia’s history, which in turn informs Australians today how they evolved to current generations, and inspire strong aesthetic values for films, poems, paintings, and tourism.

acknowledged within a community management groups who ought work together with Parks  to identify the appropriate numbers for all National Parks

address conservation concerns raised by all first nation groups of sacred sites within all National Parks.

respected for their invaluable contribution in this country

Too much of any population, animals or humans  can cause damage, and to date the Brumbies have been used as the easily seen target to "blame" and eradicate without independent scientific evidence that proves brumbies cause damage.

Eradication of our Brumbies is socially and culturally irresponsible and potentially cruel. Any attempt to eradicate Brumbies ought be resisted, and in any event should be beyond the decision making input of any extremist political elements, keen to ignore the Heritage value of our Brumbies and the contribution they have made to Australia's cultural and social history.

Brumbies and Tourism Brumbies perform  a significant tourist attraction for both the Alpine National Park region and  Barmah Forest/Wetlands, attracting tourists to alpine regions and Barmah Forest with many local horse and adventure activities and trail operators and local businesses dependent on Brumbies remaining in the wild in Alpine National Park including the Kosciuszko National Park and Barmah regions.

88% of Australians support Conservation The recent Lonegan survey found that 88% of Victorians would support efforts to preserve a  herd of Brumbies living in the wild.    82% of Victorians believe that Brumbies are an important part of Australia’s history worthy of preservation and that 84% of Victorians support  research into the  impact upon the environment by other wild animals, extreme weather events and humans.

Flawed Research 

Research thus far relied on by Governments does not fully assess ALL impacts, both positive and negative, and fails to differentiate impacts from other introduced species, reporting instead on Brumbies, yet reports relied on do not prove that Brumbies irrevocably damage the environment, and policies based on flawed research are a highly questionable drain on taxpayers’ money with significant and alarming potential for tragic loss of Australia’s Cultural heritage.

In order to conserve our Brumbies it is vital that Brumby research accurately reflect the dynamics of Brumby populations and how they interact in the environment in  order to preserve and conserve  viable Brumby populations. 

In Victoria The enactment of  Legislation to protect Victorian Brumbies,  the  “Victorian Brumby Heritage Act” (Vic)  shall  “recognise the heritage value of sustainable wild horse populations within the Barmah, Alpine National Park and surrounding area of the Bogong High Plains, and to protect that heritage.”

In New South Wales the Legislation must be upheld and the Minister must open the Management Plan to Public Consultation without any further delay.

We ask all NSW residents to please sign the current ePetition calling for Brumby protection.