Having spent time in the high country mustering cattle and then riding around Limestone and The Playgrounds out from Benambra, how could anyone contemplate shooting these beautiful majestic animals?
I also went with legend Ben Buckley flying over these wonderful horses roaming free – what a sight.
One thing that has always amazed me is that the government has this huge problem with wild dogs impacting farmers livings, but I have never heard them talk about banning deer hunters using dogs.
These dogs become lost and are left behind free to breed and increase the wild dog population.
The amount of damage that four-wheel drives and motor bikes do to the high country leaving huge ruts and holes which cause erosion. Never heard the government speak about banning them.
I would think that as the poor brumbies have no voting rights that they are an easy target to be shot without consideration of other options.
Another thing that puzzles me is where are PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and all these other animal liberationists that go around invading farms stealing livestock and doing damage.
Surely shooting brumbies from a helicopter, possibly wounding many, is something you would think that they would be jumping up and down about but we only have silence.
For far too long, DELWP along with the Greens have been gaining a far bigger say on something that they know nothing about and are not interested in listening to other opinions.
How many of these decision makers have lived in our rural areas and have a local understanding of the high country?
How many have taken time to talk to the high country stockmen to discuss other ways of controlling the brumbies in the high country in a more humane way?
Brumbies have been part of the high country for over 100 years, and seem to be the scape goat for the lack of good, sensible land management over the past decades, since these once locally managed grazing areas became mismanaged government reserves.
The brumbies seem to the latest rural icon to be in the sights of this Victorian government.
Look out, I wonder what poor animal is next to be destroyed.
Wayne Churchill, farmer, Kilcunda.