Fourteen years ago over 600 Brumbies in the Guy Fawkes River National Park were shot from helicopters in a cull contracted by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. The resultant public outcry and eyewitness evidence of inhumane practices resulted in a lawsuit by the RSPCA against the NSW NPWS as well as the Environment Minister of the Day, Bob Debus to ban aerial culling in all NSW National Parks.
Debates about the use of aerial culling continue today but the facts and history of the Guy Fawkes cull seem to have faded. The ABA has conducted a desktop study of media, Hansard and other sources to both commemorate the horses and remind us of a sad 3 days in the history of Australia, hopefully to help us learn from the past.
To view and/or download the ABA Study, click on the link below:
The following video, posted in 2010 captures a number of news clips surrounding the Guy Fawkes cull: