How horrible…these poor horses to suffer from a terrible drought, attacked by dogs, sickened by disease then terrorized with helicopters and shot to death. Words fail me. ~ HfH
By: Caddie Brain
More than 1,200 feral horses have been culled near a remote Indigenous community of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.
Residents say the horses have been congregating over the last few months, looking for water and damaging infrastructure in the community, 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs.
A statement from the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries says the horses were in “poor condition” and “suffering” due to the dry weather.
Yuendumu, which has a population of about 800, has had just 14 millimetres of rain since June.
The statement says that some of the “young and weakened animals also had suffered serious injury through being attacked by dogs”.
The animal welfare branch inspected the community after receiving a complaint.
A number of meetings were held by the Central Land Council to discuss management options.
Over a two-day operation, two helicopters shot 1,262 animals, including 41 camels and 32 cattle.
The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries confirms that 20 per cent of the horses had Birdsville disease, a toxic condition caused eating Indigofera linnaei.