Friday, November 26, 2010

Say NO to the inhumane capture and transportation of the Lake Gregory Brumby's from WA to QLD

Announcement made that WA Government decide that these horses will be sent to slaughter, transported from WA to Queensland.

Government denies that it is a 'done deal'

Listen to WA Indigenous Affairs Minister Kim Hames on ABC stating he has employed Max Nunn who is a commercial CAMEL musterer, to "consult" on this issue - and visit the community where the horses are.

Please, we MUST ensure that NO live transport of our wild horses occur. Horse transport, particularly wild horse transport is brutal. Horses will have to be chased and herded into makeshift pens, and then dragged onto the trucks. Horses do not transport well in general, wild horses will buck and rear, and more than often suffer horrific injuries due to the terror and fear experienced - eye sockets ripped open, broken teeth, broken limbs.

The Minister has been consulting with various committee stakeholders about this issue as far back as June. Meeting minutes show an agreed decision that trucking or transporting the Horses would not be considered as it would be inhumane. The RSPCA decided not to vote on whether to cull or transport, but to be observers. The Minister is now simply exercising his right to decide, contrary to the democratic process of consultation and meeting outcomes.

As stated by Animals Australia ‘While the committee's role will be to make its recommendation on animal welfare grounds, the final decision will remain with the WA Government. In this tenuous situation it is therefore critical that the government continues to hear the voices of caring people who are appalled by the ill-conceived plan to cruelly exterminate these peaceful animals.'

The State Liberal Government lead by Premier Colin Barnett in W.A have an abhorrent record on Animal Welfare. This issue highlights their lack of sincere concern for the welfare of animals in this state. This Government continually sides with Industry and Profit, denying our animals their rights to basic welfare standards.

Note that is advised that the horses on this land will, once "removed", will simply make way for the 5000 + herd of cattle. This was confirmed in an e-mail reply from Russell Shaw, Department of Agriculture. The land in their opinion can only support one, and that will mean that even though cattle have a greater impact on the environment, the cattle will prevail as its dollars in the Governments kitty. It would appear that the plan is to remove horses and increase cattle and to continue to run the area as a cattle station. This was confirmed in an e-mail reply from Russell Shaw, Department of Agriculture, to a letter of protest.

If the management of these horses means the slaughter of some of the population, this MUST NOT happen in Queensland - the horses SHOULD NOT be transported.

Please email the Premier, The Minister for Indigenous Affairs and demand, with your voice and with your vote - that they do not back flip on their decision to NOT transport these animals to their slaughter and to find an agreeable solution to managing and controlling the population of our Wild Brumbies, in continued consultation with all stakeholders and with the agenda of the horses welfare, foremost!

Please also refer to this fantastic post by Animal Rights & Rescue Group with suggestions on alternatives to Managing the Brumby population and ideas for your letters:

Honourable Dr Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Indigenous Affairs
Address: 28th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower, 197 St Georges Terrace, PERTH WA 6000
Telephone: (08) 9222 8788
Fax: (08) 9222 8799

Honourable Colin Barnett MEc MLAPremier; Minister for State Development

Address: 24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower, 197 St Georges Terrace PERTH WA 6000
Telephone: (08) 9222 9888
Fax: (08) 9322 1213

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