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Aboriginal Lands Trust calls for mass slaughter of wild horses in Kimberley.
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2012, 12:06:53 PM »
Trust calls for cull of wild horses  Posted 12 minutes ago

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Photo: A group is calling on the State Government to cull more than 10,000 wild brumbies (file) (Justin Sullivan: Getty Images/AFP)   Map: Halls Creek 6770   

The owners of an East Kimberley cattle station are re-applying to cull thousands of wild brumbies they say are destroying the environment and threatening lives.

The Aboriginal Lands Trust has applied to the State Government to destroy most of the 10,000 plus animals it says are running wild in the desert area near Balgo.

A cull planned two years ago was cancelled at the last minute, following a backlash from animals rights groups.

Trust Chairman Clinton Wolf says they do not want to kill the animals, but they feel they have  got no other option.

"It's getting to a point from apart from causing catastrophic environmental damage, we've now got reports those animals are going into the community seeking water," he said.

"We've got young kids and elderly people in there and it comes down to trying to protect the community."

However, Broome-based horse breeder Libby Lovegrove says the number of horses and the damage they are doing is being exaggerated, and the Indigenous Affairs Minister should not approve the cull.

"My message would be to consult with us first before he does anything, and before he just takes advice from the people who are lying to him, because this is a very important issue in terms of Australia's cultural heritage," she said.
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