STOP TARGETING OUR BRUMBIES LILY D'AMBROSIO
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A PLAN TO SUPPORT THE SURVIVAL OF VICTORIAN BRUMBIES
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. Brumbies have been part of our environment for 140 to 200 years. Today’s Brumbies are ancestors of the same founding stock of Brumbies that were used during the two World Wars. 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, artwork and folklore since colonization.
To ensure the survival of our Brumbies it is crucial that plans to exterminate ALL Brumbies in the Bogong High plains, Barmah and the Eastern Alps be replaced by managing sustainable Brumby populations in these 3 areas that Brumbies have inhabited for 140-200 years, long before their homelands were declared national parks.
Extensive work 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.
We must protect our Australian Brumbies before it is too late.
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 all community and scientific management groups who ought work together to identify the appropriate numbers for each of the three Victorian Locations.
address conservation concerns raised by all first nation groups of sacred sites within all National Parks.
Too much of any population, animals or humans will eventually cause damage, and to date the Brumbies have been used as the easily seen target to blame and eradicate. Eradication of our Brumbies is socially and culturally irresponsible and potentially cruel.
Brumbies and Tourism
Brumbies are a significant tourist attraction for both the Alpine region and Barmah Forest/Wetlands, attracting tourists to Victoria’s 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 and Barmah regions.88% of Australians support Conservation The recent Lonegan survey found that 88% of Victorians would support efforts to preserve a small 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 further research into the impact upon the environment by other wild animals, extreme weather events and humans.
Research thus far relied on by the Victorian Government does not fully assess ALL impacts, both positive and negative, and fails to differentiate impacts from other introduced species, focusing instead on Brumbies. 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.
New South Wales
In 2018 the State of New South Wales enacted the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018, the objects of which are “to recognise the heritage value of sustainable wild horse populations within parts of Kosciuszko National Park and to protect that heritage.” This will take place in conjunction with advice of the “Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel”. The focus being the management of sustainable wild horse populations within the Kosciuszko National Park.
In order to preserve and conserve a viable Brumby population in the key areas of Victoria
The enactment of Legislation to protect Victorian Brumbies the “Victorian Brumby Heritage Act” (Vic) to “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.”
Current proposals for Brumbies living within all Victorian National Parks be immediately shelved, pending the appointment of one community and one scientific advisory panel, and that these two advisory groups include experts from key representative Brumby organisations to advise and participate in the development and implementation of a Conservation plan for each of the three Victorian Brumby populations.
This Petition is hosted by OCEAN LEGAL on behalf of Brumby Groups Australia Wide.
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