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Brumby carcasses found by locals in East Gippsland bush requires explanation from Andrews Labor government about culling program
Following reports of brumby carcasses being found in the East Gippsland bush, local Nationals MP, Tim Bull, has asked the Environment Minister to come clean on the details of the program.
Speaking in State Parliament, Mr Bull said there were local companies that relied on brumby sightseeing and a wider interest in the community. He called on the Minister to advise:
- How many brumbies have been culled in this term of government as of February 1, 2022
- Has the program concluded, or will it continue over the course of this year?
"Minister D'Ambrosio has advised pre-Christmas she did not wish to reveal the location of brumby culling due to the need to protect those undertaking the work." Mr Bull said.
Local residents were horrified to discover the slaughtered brumbies in East Gippsland, agricultural and rural policing is needed to deal with the brumbies without needing to slaughter them
Minister to explain incident reports
Mr Bull also said, "So, I am asking for general information like how many have been culled, has the program concluded, or is it continuing? These are all things the minister should be able to answer, and it is happening in our area, so we have the right to know and not be treated like mushrooms."
Mr Bull said he had received reports from locals who have come across brumby carcasses including foals alongside mares and mares in foal. "In some cases, it is remote country which would indicate they were aerially shot, and we know that does not often result in instant death."
Need a program to rehome
Mr Bull said, "I am on the record many times as saying I do not support this, but rather a program of capture and rehoming combined with more work done into fertility controls we see in the United States to keep mustang numbers in balance."
"My great concern is this government is embarking on an eradication campaign and is doing this without having the courtesy of informing the communities that have an affinity with the brumbies." Mr Bull concluded.
Pictures from Tim Bull MP website.
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