Liberals and Nationals’ plan to stop Labor’s eradication of Victoria’s iconic brumbies
A Matthew Guy-led Liberals and Nationals Government will stop Labor’s extermination of Victoria’s brumby population.
State Liberal Member for Eildon Cindy McLeish said the Coalition’s plan is good news for the many Victorians who support the protection of brumbies.
The Coalition plan to shift focus to rehoming and veterinary intervention to manage the brumby population, standing in stark contrast to Labor’s plan for total eradication of the brumbies.
Ms McLeish said, “The Coalition will put an end to Labor’s cruel and inhumane plans of killing brumbies through aerial and ground shooting. We will completely rule it out.”
“The Coalition will conduct a thorough and more accurate assessment of the brumby population. The Coalition will put in place population management methods that focus on rehoming and veterinary intervention, and liaison with New South Wales to coordinate efforts across state borders.”
Ms McLeish has joined a number of protests on the of State Parliament, standing with Victorian’s who are furious with Labor’s massacre.
“We cannot ignore communities’ objections to culling these brumbies,” Ms McLeish said.
The city centric Labor government’s ignorant approach will not deliver good outcomes for the environment or for farmers. Abandoned carcasses that are left to rot will only serve to feed up destructive and vicious pest animals, like wild dogs.
This will increase wild dog activity and breeding, making it more difficult for farmers to protect their livestock from wild dog attacks.
In parliamentary budget hearings recently, the Labor Government admitted that it was working towards “eradication [of brumbies] over the forward years”.
Governmental tender documents have also revealed that contractors who are employed by the Government to exterminate the brumbies are required to move carcasses to hide their controversial work from public view.
Ms McLeish continues, “Brumbies are an iconic part of Victorian High Country and of our State’s cultural identity.”
“Whilst maintaining biodiversity in Victoria’s parks is necessary, any management of brumby populations must be conducted ethically and sustainably.”
“Only a change in government in November will deliver a humane, sustainable approach to population management of an iconic animal with strong and enduring ties to Australia’s modern history,” Ms McLeish concludes.