Photo by Karen Ferguson
Aerial culling involves marksmen shooting galloping horses from a buffeting chopper. Horses are shot from above, often in difficult terrain. To humanely kill a horse, the marksman has to aim his bullet at a very small area between the ears and the eyes or a direct heart/lung shot through the chest, a very small target to hit on a moving target from a moving platform.The Standard Operating Procedures issued by PestSmart Operating Procedures clearly state that if a humane kill is not probable, the shooter must not fire. The images of dead horses showing their bodies riddled with bullets and horrific injuries prove beyond doubt that it is almost impossible to kill a galloping horse outright.
Aerial cull exposee by Equine Voice Australia (E.V.A). Video contains images of dead horses - Video
Link to Australian Brumby Alliance review of the Guy Fawkes National Parks aerial Cull Link
Eye witness report from an aerial cull that took place in NSW
Jenny wrote: 'I worked at a large Veterinary practice for 3 years, so not only was I married to a Ranger but was there to render veterinary treatment to anything living, which was a joke, what I saw was horrendous, it's something you can't even describe without dry retching. The carnage, the pain, the terror, these images remain in my head and cause me great pain to this day. What I saw, what I witnessed, a stallion trying to protect his band of mares and foals shot 3,4,5 times but still trying to stand between the gun and his band, his favorite MARE down bleeding to death and he's trying to get her up, another mare shot he goes to her, the same, he tries and tries, he gets another bullet now staging his back leg but still fighting this devil with the gun, then the chopper goes and they target others on the run, leaving the dead, injured and dying horses screaming in pain behind. The shooters have no conscience, no heart, they are no different to the trophy hunters, that shoot to kill anything in their guns sights. This has given me nightmares and stress to this day, it is an event I will NEVER get over. The trap sites are the same it also creates a foreign atmosphere that wild animals should not be exposed to, not only do horses come to these sites other animals are attracted to the salt and molasses licks, ie; parrots dingo (or wild dog) praying on the more vulnerable animals. This has made me a bitter person towards the parks Management and Environmentalists. Being a wildlife lover, there was another incident - I caught these tiny little frogs the size of half a grain of uncooked rice, I took them to the Parks Rangers and showed them these tiny little frogs (a couple in transformation from tadpole to frog) could be a new species, the 2 Rangers who looked at the jar, tipped a couple into the lid, saying 'yeah tiny aren't they, nah never saw something like that, then he tipped the jar onto the car park. I felt like punching him in the face. This is the attitude of the Rangers. NO this is not acceptable.'
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