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Brumby Culling-MAD project

samara

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29.7.14

Now, the only reason I'm writing about this is because I have to. If you gathered from the title, this is to do with one really big school project needs to be finished in seven weeks and I've barely even started. 😁 One of the tasks is to write a blog about what you discover and what you learn along the way whilst completing your project. Considering I've only just started all I can say is that the people who are authorising the culling of brumbies are potatoes, to say it kindly ( and also because everyone and anyone will read this once it's published and when it comes round to presentation night at school😳). Brumbies are a really important Australian icon (The Man From Snowy River) and the way some people repay that is by saying, ' the brumbies are damaging native plants and landscapes...here's a bright idea, let's say we're "controlling their numbers" and go out and slaughter hundreds of them and leave the vast majority of shot horses to die slowly and painfully'.

 

I might as well say it now, that any and all comments are welcome on this blog as they will help in the project. If anyone knows any sights that might help or people that can help (apart from Jen because I know she can 😄) that would also be helpful.

 

I've got my plan all sorted out courtesy of mum, and now the tough part...sticking to it. 3 to 4 blog posts a week for the next seven weeks highlighting what I do and how. It will be like sticking to the task of, 'I'm going to get this assignment in the next month and film every week' and then 'the weather is to wet' or 'it's to cold'...except this is for school *sigh*. There should be a photo somewhere on the blog showing what I achieved tonight with mums help. Each A4 sheet of paper is a different task to do with the project.

 

Hopefully next time I write I will have more info on the brumbies.

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand 🐴

 

2.8.14

Found Jens article on Facebook courtesy of mum. This just goes to show how these beautiful brumbies can turn out when given some TLC. The project is about brumby culling and using evidence and articles (thanks Jen) to show why the culling is inhumane and downright wrong. I just need to find a bit more on articles (success stories and cull activities 😔) and that will be one piece of the project out of the way. Thanks for suggesting to talk to the president of VBA Jen, I think I will and hopefully get someone else's opinion on the issue and what you guys do to help the brumbies.

 

Link to the article in horse deals (will test it but it should work)

https://www.quantumsavvy.com/board/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=8526

😮

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand 🐴

 

4.8.14

I've done some more searching and one article was about two, three day aerial culls in Canarvon National Park. Some numbers:

*since 2007 more than 6300 horses have been shot

*Ms Jones, Environment Minister for the QLD government fears that if action against brumbies is not taken quickly in the area, the numbers of brumbies could quickly escalate to more than 45,000. This should be supported by scientific facts and numbers. There are approximately 4450 brumbies in the park, with mares producing only one foal per year...I don't see how the population could get to 45,000 in the next year...

*autopsies after the last cull show that many of the horses had up to 7 bullets in them- meaning that the horses took this many bullets in them to stop moving.

*after these brumbies die, they become a food source for other feral animals, allowing their numbers to grow and impact the environment.

* Ms Jones states that shooters will be aiming for the brumbies heads and hearts- this is against all Codes of Practise, which state that shooting for the head on a moving platform is not humane...4-7 bullets in the brumbies sides isn't exactly humane either, but Ms Jones seems to think it is.

 

To improve this situation I think that Ms Jones needs to do her research before making statements. In the next year, even two years the population won't rise to 45,000 brumbies. Hypothetically, if we assume 90% of the population of brumbies are female and are able to reproduce, with none of them dying or their foals dying, the numbers would only increase by 4000 approx., this would take 11 years to reach 45,000 brumbies. Factoring in the death rates of foals and infertile mares and stallions in the numbers, this makes the time frame for the brumbies to reach 45,000 exceed 11 years.

 

Gotta go to bed. 😔

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

5.8.14

Done some more reading tonight on the culling methods used in the Kosciuszko National Park (KNP). Aerial culling was banned there, but I haven't got so far as to know when.

 

Facts:

*There are 27 trap yards throughout the park.

*Horses have been removed from the area since 2002, with 2555 removed in the last decade.

*Rob Gibbs, park ranger and senior project officer for the park Wild Horse Managemnet Plan Review Project, says that "only 37% of the horses captured were able to be rehomed. 😞 With the remaining 1700 horses going to the abattoir to be euthanised."

*Rob Gibbs also says that when the brumbies, trapped in the trap yards, "come into human contact they become very flighty and very stressed." Something tells me that the humaneness of these projects doesn't seem to fit in with the stress levels but, hey, I need to do some more research.

*Of the 200 horses that were removed in 2013, only 94 were rehomed.

*Rob Gibbs says that this removal method does not match that of the breeding rates of the brumbies. He says that "over 1400 horses need to be removed a year to keep the population static, but there best year of passive trapping has been 675 horses in one year. So as you can see we're not really even keeping up with the natural population increase."

*Graeme Worboys, protected mountains expert, says NSW National Parks must be able to aerially cull. "Every year there are more and more horses. Trapping is not keeping up and rangers need aerial shooting, culling, as a tool in their tool box to control these horses, as unpleasant as that may be." He says. This method of culling polarises communities, because of the sheer inhumaneness of it.

 

Going to sleep now. ☺️

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

17.8.14

I'm getting my thoughts together to put down all that I know about brumbies. If anyone knows anything about them that would be good to hear about. To answer the question about what year I'm in at school, it's year 8 and it's starting to strain me. 😫 Anyway...

 

I known that brumbies have been in Australia since the white man brought him in and he either escaped or was released into the bush. This was about 150 years ago or more. If anyone knows the year that would be appreciated in the comments. 😄 Conservationists have started to think that brumbies are causing damage to some of Australia's national parks, such as Carnarvon National Park, QLD, Kosciusko National Park, NSW and the Apline National Park,VIC. They believe that the brumbies are trampling the fragile environment in these places and also believe that the brumby population needs to be controlled by whatever means it has to be. Sadly, this means that in QLD the brumbies are aerially culled to control their numbers. In NSW and VIC the only way that the brumby population is controlled is by passive trapping and removing, as far as I am aware, which many conservationists/environmentalists are saying isn't keeping up with the natural breeding rate of the brumbies and seem to be wanting the approval of aerial culling as a control method. In the NT and WA they use aerial culling as a control method, but, these two terrains (WA and NSW) are very different from each other, and it shouldn't be thought that because aerial culling is practical in WA means it will be practical in NSW. There is no way that shooting a moving object form a moving platform is humane, even when the shooters are aiming for the heads and chests of the brumbies.

 

My brain has stopped funtioning and it's only 7:45 pm. Got school tomorrow and need some sleep. 😌

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRLIA...they go hand in hand.🐴

 

25.8.14

Now, I known that my updates are a bit all over the shop but, hey, I've kinda gotta do other more important things (i.e. Instagram). But I've finally got my butt moving and have typed up most of my facts and figures, just a bit more tweeking and have done half the work I need to on the mapping side of things and am chewing through the story behind the issue part slowly. I've also done my letter to the editor and sent it to my English teacher to see what see thinks of it. I really need to catch up on my journal though...that's so far behind. So considering that I need to do my blog and a couple of journal entries, I should probably make this blog entry a bit shorter than the others but, hey, it's me so whatever.

 

I've finally worked out who I'm believing in this whole brumby argument, debate thingy...the people who are saying that the brumbies should just be left alone and have Mother Nature take care of itself. I'll try and add some photos of what I've done at a later date.

 

So I've done some more research and it turns out the the brumbies had either escaped or been released somewhere around the 1804 mark in history. From what I can remember off the top of my head, the domesticated horses were left behind after being freed when the white man moved to Tasmania. I will double check that but it's something along those lines, and I'm tired and I really can't be bothered doing this right now considering that it's quarter to nine at night, I have swimming tomorrow and I'm a teenager that has other things to do right now (like Instagram!).

 

I think I've just rambled tonight so you can completely ignore my babble if you so desire but, meh.

Going to do my journal entries and get into bed.

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

9.9.14

Haven't been on for a while cos I've been lazy, so tonight I might attach some of my research for people to read. That way my entry can be shorter. I've got about two weeks until the end of term and that's when this is all supposed to be ready to print but I don't think that this is going to happen...we shall see. I haven't been doing much research lately but have started getting some photos to use in my folio. I've written my letter to the editor and my English teacher checked it, so that's all good and ready to print. I don't really have anything else to write in this blog, but will paste my letter to the editor into this blog tonight to see what people think. 😄

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to alert the community of the serious issue of brumby culling that occurs all over Australia. It is disappointing that the Australian government allows the culling of a very iconic creature, and what is more so disturbing is the fact that they think that it is humane to maim these stunning creatures and leave them to die, who are absolutely defenceless against the firearms of their killers.

 

There are two main ways of controlling the brumby population. Passive trapping and removal is used in NSW and VIC. Aerial culling is used in QLD, WA and NT. Passive trapping and removal means that the brumbies are lured into a trap yard and then trucked to the abattoir, if they are not adopted. In one instance of passive trapping and removal, over 1700 brumbies were sent to the abattoir.

 

Aerial culling is cruel and inhumane. Autopsies performed on brumbies that had been shot down in an aerial cull were found to have up to 7 bullets in them, meaning that there was no kill shot and that the brumbies are left to die slowly. Once dead they are left to rot and decay, becoming a food source for other animals. Really, the brumbies either end up dead in their homeland to become food for another animal, or they end up as dog food.

 

The QLD state government, for instance, is spending $4.5 million a year to combat pests. We would assume, if the government is willing to spend this much money on combating pests, they would at least try to find new and humane ways to control the brumbies numbers.

 

Quite often, culling in national parks, can end up dividing entire communities in half. Everything to do with brumbies has always been argued about, and it's time people pulled their heads in and thought of a humane way to control the brumbies population, and to determine if they are actually doing any harm to the environment, or if we are doing all of this for no gain to our nation whatsoever.

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

15.9.14

So I've been a slacker and now it's come round to bite me. My weekends are turning into mad MAD project weekends and I've finally gotten my motivation back in reading that, really, brumbies are only protected in certain areas and there aren't many of those.

 

I have finished my Story Behing the issue and it's looking better on the "amount of things I have left to do" list. I've done a design for a t-shirt and am hoping that it won't need to many more tweek...but considering that I'm aperfectionist it might well have quite a few more tweeks coming its way.

 

I can't really think of much more to say and basically have given you an update on where I'm at...hopefully I'll be able to blog some more in the next few days coming not the holidays. :D

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

1.10.14

Ok, ok, I know I said I wasn't going to blog during the holidays but it so turns out that I have to so, it's basically going to be another update on where I'm at.

 

I have finished my story behind the issue, the maps are nearly ready and I've just completed as of yesterday who is helping the brumbies (i.e. the Victorian Brumby Association) and as of today what I can do to help the brumbies.

 

Now all I've got to do is spell check and print everything out and make a front page and a contents page and all the really fun stuff...I hope...

 

Oh, my grandma was telling me about this place in the UK where the wild horses are protected and they have right of way in the villages that are in the forest that they live in...I'm thinking about listing it as a DID YOU KNOW fact in my project but I'm no sure yet...

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

13.10.14

So....I'm home all day today providing I get my MAD project finished...on Saturday and Sunday I'd done most of the layout and sticking stuff in and now I've just gotta print out my bibliography, journal entries, blog and make some headings and a front page and I'm all done...except I'm a perfectionist so it'll take a while...I don't have any research to do anymore though, so that's a good thing.

 

I don't really have anything else to say except I'm so glad this is nearly over...then I might be able to think...or more likely I'll be drowned in ridiculous amounts of homework again...oh well, school is school...better get racking on the rest of this project.

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴



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Sam, is your assignment about Brumbies or the Culling of Brumbies?

 

Either way I'd be interested to read your report please ;)

 

Did you know Jen has an article published in this months Horse Deals about her and 'Rory?

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Go Sam :) I think you should see if you can do a phone interview with Colleen, president at the VBA. Would you like me to ask her if you can contact her?

 

Go Brumbies!!!

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So Instagram hey...hmmm, priorities girl!!!

Sam have you looked at the/any positive things brumbies do for the environment...along with graziers, they can help to reduce the undergrowth in these remote regions and impact on bushfires spread...and their grazing behaviour and distance covered when they aren't fenced in...

Good luck with it all, go brumbies!!

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Assateague island had overpopulation issues as well. HUGE difference in scope, but same problem. Now they are famous (here in the US, anyway!) as the Chincoteague ponies, with very successful management. Interesting to read about your brumbies, with the island ponies as my own backdrop.

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So how did you go with your assignment Samara? Xodanio, I read about the Chicoteague ponies many many many years ago, it was a cutesy novel about ponies, but the info was true and accurate.

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