More than 15 thousand brumbies – feral horses – will be killed in Australia’s Kosciuszko National Park. The authorities decided that this was necessary to protect wildlife.
The decision was made after public consultation, officials said. Horses will be shot from the air. In three years, there should be no more than three thousand of them left – with the current 18.8 thousand.
Brumbies “could be the deciding factor” leading to the extinction of six animal species and two plant species, authorities say. In their opinion, the best way to preserve endangered species is to kill horses. Local environmental groups also supported the government’s decision, calling it “a victory for wildlife and mountain streams,” The Guardian writes.
In turn, the Australian Brumby Alliance, recognizing the need to control the number of horses, has been advocating for their relocation rather than extermination for many years. The Alliance notes that all projects that protect brumbies, train them to interact with people and find them a new home do not receive government funding.