Australia set to kill 10,000 horses

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ABC News, Gail Liston, May 21, 2013

Horses drink at a rockhole in central Australia, about 300 kilometres west of Alice Springs

Horses drink at a rockhole in central Australia, about 300 kilometres west of Alice Springs

The Central Land Council has started a cull of up to 10,000 horses on Tempe Downs Station in the Northern Territory.

The council has issued a public health and safety warning to keep people clear of the property near Kings Canyon, about 300 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs.

Four helicopters carrying marksmen will be operating in the area until the middle of June.

News of the cull earlier this month sparked protests from equestrian organisations around Australia and calls to stop any future culling of waler breed horses in Central Australia.

Tempe Downs, a former cattle station of about 1,000 square kilometres, is now held by the Urrampinyi Iltjitajarri Aboriginal Land Trust.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
30 Comments
  • Mary Ann Gardne

    So sad, please help stop this!

    May 22, 2013
  • Sue

    Humans LOVE o kill, don’t they?

    May 22, 2013
  • Arlene

    I will never understand WHY the Horses are constantly being killed they are the only animal that is ecologically perfect !!!!! THIS IS horrible , HORSES HAVE BEEN THERE FOR US , IN EVERY INSTANCE THEY ARE NEEDED… what THE yes hell IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE ???? This is truly a atrocity beyond all…… explanation…… I wish that people would come to their senses !!!!!!

    May 22, 2013
  • Kathryn woolfe

    I am ashamed to live in such a cruel, barbaric country. Australia has become totally immoral.

    May 22, 2013
  • Daryl

    These animals horses are just innocent of doing harm, and yet they are targeted to die by horrible means, slaughter, trapped, run to death in round ups, now for sharp shooters to shoot them from the sky, they have no way to get away. Seems jack asses are all over the place, in many states and in countries. Cruelty is not aceptable any place, these happenings have to stop.

    May 22, 2013
  • Gayle-Suzanne Barron

    Australia has murdered much of its wildlife including Aborigines, wild Brumbiies and burros, camels, kangaroos, Wallabies, cats, dingo dogs…
    The list goes on and on…
    They are a heartless greedy murderous bunch (government, corporations and ranchers), not much different than America in that regard, unfortunately! ;-(
    Father God Help The Animals!

    May 22, 2013
  • Diane Symons

    These animals are here for a reason. We do not know the real reason. They are here to eat what we don’t in the forests, the ranch lands, deserts. If we get rid of them this earth will pay a heavy price. It will be unbalanced by man. Storms will be worse, floods will be worse, they change in the earth is going to be bad. This must stop.

    May 22, 2013
  • It takes a Monster to kill and a bigger one to be okay with it. This world is suppose to be filled with Love and Life except Humans continue to cause such Mass Destruction upon it. And that includes the order to murder all of these Beautiful and Innocent Horses. “I Will Never Understand The Ways Of The World And Those Who Continue To Rush It Into It’s Very Destruction.” Lee Ann Siemens©

    May 22, 2013
  • Susan Setzke

    Another prime example of human’s injustice being imposed on living beings who don’t deserve it. Humans have mismanaged our own population and now feel that they can take and do whatever they want in his world. That arrogant and supremeist attitude will be our own demise. Humans haven’t evolved very much at all, really. We still have that “gladiator mentality.”

    May 22, 2013
  • Ziggy Pope

    OMG!!! What on earth is Australia doing? Have you lost your minds????

    May 22, 2013
  • sherriey

    i am ashamed to be called a human being.

    May 22, 2013
  • OMG….you are so right Ziggy…have you lost your minds…..why can’t they find rescues to help take these horses….this is BS…

    May 23, 2013
  • Arlene

    I find it very hard to believe that Australia, could ever do such a horrible thing !!! A;ways thought they were smarter than that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ,

    May 23, 2013
  • Valerie W.

    Why do they “need” to go out & murder in cold blood, 10,000 horses!!?? I’m not sure what their reasons are for killing all those horses! No reason or excuse is good enough to support this blatant attack & cruelty inflicted on these horses! This is worse than what we’re doing right here, in the good ole United States, as far as our assinine government rounding up all our wild horses. Though our backward plan of allowing horse slaughter to re-start here is much worse than being shot dead! SICK WORLD!!

    May 23, 2013
  • Linda Jackson

    I’m suggesting that these posts be an occasion for sharing possible soluions. For example: I forwarded with comment to Michael Freeman (floffice@EarthJustice.org & intloffice@EarthJustice.org) and Brian Adams (adams@wildaid.org) and Zach Weismann (weismann@wildaid.org) and Animal Planet (comments@animalplanet.ca) and Robert Redford (institute@sundance.org) and Green Peace (bmeyers@greenpeace.org, photo.us@greenpeace.org, photo.library.int@greenpeace.org)

    I’m interested in trying to do something about those issues in this post, do you have any other parties or persons who may help? Let’s not spend the time wringing our hands as though there is nothing to be done.

    May 23, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      I salute your can-do spirit and refusal to participate in gloom-and-doom thinking, Linda. Please let us know if any of the individuals and organizations you wrote to respond.

      There’s a major nonprofit called Animals Australia (www.animalsaustralia.org), but when I looked on its “issues” page just now, I saw no campaigns against wild horse round-ups.

      After a little searching, I found the Waler Horse Society of Australia (http://www.walerhorse.com), which has a petition against the cull on the home page. It has almost 19,000 signatures.

      I also found this 10-minute YouTube on the Waler Legacy Project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raD1Gq2Iy2U

      Maybe the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (www.wildhorsepreservation.org) and Waler can team up to share ideas that will help stop the roundups in our country and the “cullings” (shootings) Down Under.

      Anyone else have any other actionable ideas? Well, maybe our first instead of last resort should be humble, love-filled prayer, which has a way of opening eyes, melting icy hearts, and overturning unjust decisions.

      “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous [right-thinking, right-feeling, right-acting] man availeth much.” ~ James 5:16

      “I will overturn, overturn, overturn [violence] . . . until he come whose right it is [could the “he” be the peaceable horses?]; and I will give it him.” ~ Ezekiel 21:27

      “Fear not, little flock [of wild horses and their protectors]; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” ~ Luke 12:32

      May 26, 2013
  • Kate

    Deplorable. Ashamed to be human. Why can’t we evolve? Aren’t we done with senseless murdering? Just let the animals be.

    May 23, 2013
  • Kathyn M. Shotzbarger-Ford

    I’m appalled by this. What is the reason to kill 10,000 horses??? Is anyone giving a reason as to why??? Are they giving anyone in Australia or elsewhere to adopt the horses and give them a chance??? Are these horses starving and can’t find food or water??? This is so sad. Colonel Potter on *MASH* said that a horse/steed are NOBLE animals. Remember that episode??? I do.

    May 23, 2013
  • cynthia

    What about the camels? I mean they are suffering too? In other words, here we go again=have friends in Australia in an up-roar because they just have pics of horses that in bad shape and don’t show the other horses healthy, and they also demanding to know why they are running the horses from the water supply not to far from this hole……HMMM suspicious to me-looks like Australia is taking a page from USA pro-slaughter-Dave Duquette is loving this article…..he just thinks this drives the American agenda. I am looking forward to pushing hard to start up restrictions on the largest industry association for overpopulating our world with Quarters. I want legislation earmarked to stop the practive of abusive over population, and I suggest that Australia start rounding up and gelding the rest stallions from here on out. If you have to kill something to control the population then you have to be responsible with it from then on. I want to be breaking the law to overpopulate. And controls put on really large breeding organizations on how many animals they register annually.

    May 24, 2013
    • Merinda Antcliff

      Cynthia you are spot on about regulating breeding in the horse industry worldwide! I can’t comprehend the slaughter of 10000 horses…it makes me sick to my very core :( Human’s caused this problem in the first place & won’t take responsibility to rectify it in a humane way. In 2000 in Guy Fawkes National Park 226 brumbies were aerial culled- it was a disaster! Public outcry was huge & very loud! Seems we haven’t learnt by what happened in NSW :( I can’t believe this is happening again & on a much larger scale! You should have to have a licence to breed horses & the amount of foals bred should be capped for every breeder. In Australia most of our Thoroughbred race horses end up at the knackery if they aren’t fast enough…these horses never asked to be bred! There is a video called “WASTAGE” which says it all. We can’t rehome the domestic horses let along wild brumby types- some who will never of seen man! The situation in the NT on Tempe Downs Station has come to a head after monsoon rains didn’t fall this summer & feed is very scarce- many will starve so what is worse? Starving to death or being culled? I can’t decide can you?

      May 24, 2013
  • Daryl

    It seems strange that for years nature has thinned out the over stock of any thing, but we havae to step in and change it, what do they want the land for now? Horses seem to get the bum rush on any land. No we dont want animals to suffer so we help the ones that get hurt because they are our pets, but we can’t go out and take them out of the wild to save them. Why do we as people think we have the right to just shoot them. Sounds like the government over there is just doing any thing to get rid of them like our government is letting the slaughter house being opened again here? Do they plan to burry them? Or just let
    them rot on the land? Some thing is not right. Killing is never the answer.

    May 24, 2013
    • Merinda Antcliff

      Daryl the will just be left where they fall after being shot…..Many will not die instantly, some will be alive days later or die of infection down the road. We didn’t learn from the disaster of aerial culling gone wrong in Guy Fawkes National Park in 2000- 1 horse was found still alive after 10 days….& that was only 226 horses! I can’t comprehend 10000 horses being slain :(

      May 24, 2013
    • Daryl

      It is hard to bellieve that a country will try an kill from the air not check to see if they are dead, but to leave them where they drop are they feeding the dingos? This doen not make any sense at all, adn to kill 10,000 horses, what are they thinking? This is not the answer, killing or slaughter, what did these animals do to have a death as violent as this? WE are suppose to have brains out of all the animals, adn we get more stupid as time goes by. Some one tell us how to help stop this. Please.

      May 25, 2013
  • I was elated to see this in international news please help us stop this repetitive method used in australia to deal with wild horses. we are planning to protest aerial culling in Australia on August 1st at parliament in canberra as for three years our group had fought for a better way and we are weak against the bigger agencies, Help let the world now Australians fight for animal cruelty bans across the world but not their own back yards

    May 24, 2013
  • Heather Mcdowell

    I’m 7th generation Australian and your taking away my heritage theses horses are my great great great grandfathers and you have no right in harming them in this way, my family came in the very first ship to Australia and these horses belong here just as we all do, I believe in a cull but not arial shooting from helicopters and what happends when the next war breaks out and we need horses again, where are you going to get them from cause ya not going to find strong horses like these around anywhere, stop the arial shooting and find a better way I’m disgusted to call you Australians

    May 24, 2013
  • Arlene

    This is the worst Barbaric disaster in Modern Times, the Killing of horses is TRAGEDY OF EPIC PROPORTIONS AND RAMIFICATIONS THAT IS SO UNNECESSARY !!!!!!! Use the Brains the good Lord gave to you…………………… What part of the Horses are ecologically Perfect of that fact dont you Understand >???????? NATURE HANDLES THE BALANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2013
  • Arlene

    There is a movie , made in 1995 a true story starring Ben Johnson, it is a must see movie !!!!! Called !!! IN THE PURSUIT OF HONOR !!!!

    May 25, 2013
  • melissa

    New to all this ….all i can say is you let it get this far by leaving it for decades, man made “problem” and the only solution you can come up with is to kill….. now why does that not surprise me? so yeah lets go kill our ansectors horses and while we are at it feed the other “pests” that are out there! makes sense doesnt it???…..sign those petitions people and let us all unite……For our culture….For our horses!

    May 26, 2013
  • Crystal Locke

    PLEASE IN THE NAME OF GOD…IS THERE ANYONE THAT CAN STOP THIS MADNESS. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO KILL THESE BEAUTIES? THERE EYES ARE OF LOVE AND PEIRCE RIGHT THROUGH TO YOUR SOUL……….. PLEASE SOMEONE STAND UP AND STOP THIS NOW!

    August 24, 2013