Sentient opposes the attempted eradication and large scale culling of wild horses from Australian wilderness areas. There is insufficient independent evidence that the degree of environmental damage or risk caused by wild horses justifies the often radical and sometimes inhumane methods of wild horse management currently used.
Sentient Veterinary Member, Dr Andrea Harvey is Wild Horse Welfare Researcher of the Sentient Brumby Working Group. The vision of the working group is to form a group of veterinarians and other animal scientists to become a central resource of scientific information about Brumbies, and hopefully be considered the 'go to' organisation for welfare advice regarding their management.
Key roles for the group are:
· facilitating and compiling research into specific areas that would advance the welfare of Brumbies;
· forming strategic alliances with other organisations to develop and propose policies for their humane management;
· advocating on behalf of their welfare to government and environmental groups.
Some of the key issues for Brumbies historically have been claims of their negative impact on the environment, welfare issues arising from mass aerial shooting, limited alternative options for population control (such as fertility control and passive trapping and adoption), the fragmented approach to advocating for their needs, and the lack of independent scientific evidence upon which to base decisions about the most humane management of these unique wild horses.
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