Heartbroken by culling of ‘pest’ horses
THEY'RE the last of a dying breed, and for Doug Paul of Nymboida, watching wild brumbies culled in their masses across the country is heartbreaking.
Mr Paul does what he can to save the wild horses that roam at Brooms Head - one brumby at a time.
"They should be made national protected animals," he said.
"I am totally against killing them. They should be allowed to run free."
Brumbies have long been a target for government organisations that consider the wild animals a pest.
Mr Paul regularly heads down with a float to the saleyards when the brumbies are brought in.
"I've got about four brumby mares and a stallion which I have saved from being destroyed," he said.
"I just can't understand why they are treated like this when they've done everything for man.
"They drove milk carts in my day and yet National Parks wants to kill them.
"If it wasn't for brumbies, we wouldn't be the way we are today."
He said it was time to recognise brumbies as the icons they were.
"These new asylum-seekers come over on a boat and are considered Australian after six months - why aren't these horses when they've been here for hundreds of years?" Mr Paul said.
He said brumbies made terrific pets as they were quiet and surefooted - great for kids and as stock horses.