Every day herds of horses trample and destroy the habitats of tiny Alpine Tree Frogs, sensitive Alpine Spiny Crayfish, endangered skinks, the fuzzy native Broad-toothed Rat, and rare native fish.
The ancient peatlands, mossbeds, plants, wildlife and fish of Victoria’s Alpine National Park are in trouble. These sensitive landscapes cannot cope with the hard hooves of feral horses.
Horses aren’t good for the high country, and the high country isn’t good for horses. They die in bushfires, drought and heavy snow. Parks Victoria have a detailed feral horse control plan, approved by the RSPCA and backed by decades of extensive scientific studies.
Let the Environment Minister, Premier, and Parks Victoria know that you support Parks Victoria’s program of humane feral horse control in our Alpine National Park.
A copy of the message below:
Dear Premier Daniel Andrews, Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, and Parks Victoria,
I strongly support Parks Victoria’s program of humane feral horse control in Victoria’s Alpine National Park. The park is one of Victoria’s finest natural areas, and has been given National Heritage listing for its remarkable assemblage of native plants and animals, many of them listed as rare or threatened.
Leaving the feral horse issue unresolved is neither good for the park, nor good for the horses, as it simply delays inevitable action.
Control of feral animals in the park is in accord with Victorian, national and international environmental laws, and supported by decades of extensive scientific studies.
Feral domestic animals do not belong in Victoria’s rugged but fragile high country.
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