BRUMBIES FOREVER


ALPINE NATIONAL PARK, VICTORIA - MANAGEMENT


Populations of Brumbies in the Victorian Alps are descendants of the same founding stock of Brumbies that were used during World War I. Genetic sampling has been taking place since 2014 with Australian Brumbies being included in the World Wild Horse Data base, undertaken by the university of Texas with Dr Gus Cothran at the helm.
To date, DNA sampling has established a DNA line individual to the Barmah Horses and Barmah National park with over 80 samples tested. To ensure the survival of Victoria’s Heritage Brumbies, it is crucial that plans to exterminate Brumbies in the Bogong High plains, Barmah and the Eastern Alps be replaced by Plans to manage sustainable Brumby populations in the 3 areas that Brumbies have inhabited for 140-200 years, long before their homelands were declared national parks.
Extensive DNA testing has been conducted on horses in Victoria, and DNA testing has shown that Brumbies have a robust, healthy genetic makeup. With this in mind we must not forget the sheer cruelty of the “Guy Fawkes massacre” and the more recent loss of Brumbies at Singleton Army Base NSW when an entire blood line was wiped out in one day when shote from moving helicopters. These sorts of events must not be allowed to happen again.
The Victorian State Government and Parks Victoria ignore current and international independent science that leans toward the reintroduction of large herbivores to the natural environment because of the ecological benefits gained in areas where large herbivorea had previously been removed. Brumbies in fact forage on growth that reduces fire hazards, they spread and reintroduce seeds, their contribution is widely acknowledged by independent science. The presence of Brumbies is in fact complimentary to native species and Brumbies have lived symbiotically and successfully with native and other wildlife in our National Parks for nearly 200 years.
There is in fact no direct evidence that has been disclosed to prove Brumbies cause alleged negative impact on Victorian National Parks, habitat and native species claimed by extremist political elements.
Good Management requires Brumby populations be formally recognised for their direct links to original settler founding stock, and their essential contribution to early settlement survival, and as army remounts, enshrined in Australia’s history, which in turn informs Australians today how they evolved to current generations, and inspire strong aesthetic values for films, poems, paintings, and tourism.
Acknowledged within a community management group who ought work together with Parks Victoria to identify the appropriate numbers for each of the three Victorian Locations. The Community Group should address conservation concerns raised by all first nation groups of sacred sites within all National Parks
Too much of any population, animals or humans can cause damage, and to date the Brumbies have been used as the easily seen target to "blame" and eradicate without independent scientific evidence that proves brumbies cause damage
Eradication of our Victorian Brumbies is socially and culturally irresponsible and potentially cruel. Any attempt to eradicate Brumbies ought be resisted, and in any event should be beyond the decision making input of any extremist political elements, keen to ignore the Heritage value of our Brumbies and the contribution they have made to Australia's and Victoria’s cultural and social history. Extremist elements should not be making any decisions about cultural and social history.
Brumbies offer a significant tourist attraction for both the Alpine region and Barmah Forest/Wetlands, attracting tourists to Victoria’s alpine regions and Barmah Forest with many local horse and adventure activities and trail operators and local businesses dependent on Brumbies remaining in the wild in Alpine and Barmah regions. 88% of Australians support Conservation. A recent Lonegan survey found that - 88% of Victorians would support efforts to preserve a herd of Brumbies living in the wild, 82% of Victorians believe that Brumbies are an important part of Australia’s history worthy of preservation and that 84% of Victorians support research into the impact upon the environment by other wild animals, extreme weather events and humans.
Research thus far relied on by the Victorian Government does not fully assess ALL impacts, both positive and negative, and fails to differentiate impacts from other introduced species, reporting instead on Brumbies, yet reports relied on do not prove that Brumbies irrevocably damage the environment, and policies based on flawed research are a highly questionable drain on taxpayers’ money with significant and alarming potential for tragic loss of Australia’s Cultural heritage.
In order to conserve our Brumbies it is vital that Brumby research accurately reflect the dynamics of Brumby populations and how they interact in the environment in order to preserve and conserve a viable Brumby population in the key areas of Victoria.
In Victoria, we are seeking the enactment of Legislation to protect Victorian Brumbies, the “Victorian Brumby Heritage Act” (Vic) which shall “recognise the heritage value of sustainable wild horse populations within the Barmah, Alpine National Park and surrounding area of the Bogong High Plains, and to protect that heritage.” We shall be seeking recognition of Brumbies to our cultural and social history and as contributors to the ecological biodiversity in Victorian national parks, and the enactment of Legislation, the Heritage Brumby Legislation to protect Victorian Brumbies.

Author - Marilyn Nuske - Animal Rights Lawyer

The Population Ecology of Feral Horses in the Australian Alps Management Summary - Dawson 2005

ANP Action Plan 2018-2021

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