Brumby muster not humane
BILL Hankin raised some very important facts regarding the brumby issue.
While I don’t know the area, I assume that by trying to trap them would be out of the question now with the wet season in progress, as water and feed would be in abundance.
Coming from a large property in the Gulf, I have experienced firsthand the various ways of brumby eradication.
I can safely testify that the most humane way of dealing with the problem is the first way.
Hire a helicopter, a sharp shooter and eradicate. In 1987, I witnessed a brumby ‘run’ or ‘muster’. It was one of the saddest things I can remember.
What everyone is forgetting in this scenario is that these are wild animals.
What brumbies make it to the yard will head-butt, kick, bite others, and throw themselves into paneling, the ground and other horses. They will either kill themselves first or be left with broken noses, or legs, not to mention lacerations and grazes. And this is while they’re still in the yard. To be humane is to show consideration and sympathy for an animal, an avoidance of (unnecessary) stress and the demonstration of compassion and tenderness towards our fellow creatures.
The RSPCA, to me, seems to be reasonable in most issues. I can assure you that they and other animal welfare groups would not approve of a brumby muster at the conclusion of it. I hope that common sense prevails.
CONGRATULATIONS on the editorial in which you defended Sunday as a day for families and for rest and for all the good things that are essential to our life together (TB, Dec. 18), rather than letting it become one more shopping day.
Unless we protect ourselves from the pressures of society, we will lose something of our humanity in the long run. REV MICHAEL PUTNEY,
Bishop of Townsville.
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WILD . . . brumbies do not react well to capture