On Monday I watched the parliamentary hearing on the Animal Welfare Committee’s Inquiry into Aerial Culling.
This hearing occurred after a trial run of killing 270 brumbies in rough terrain by helicopter, pumping them with up to 15 bullets for a kill. As reported to the hearing, 16 percent were checked, but all were killed, they said, with no signs of struggle or suffering. And the RSPCA and vets were in attendance.
They obviously know nothing about horses at all.
They were obviously lying.
They obviously didn’t care.
I can’t begin to imagine what those horse went through, without crying. But I know what they went through, because a stallion in spirit came to me with messages. His grief was palpable and his ghost still roams the Kosci National Park where he was born. He did not want to be released to the Light. He was highly offended to be called a “pest” in the first place as they are the Elders of the planet.
The hearing heard how orphaned foals were left. (Oh, they just “came out of the bush”? Seriously? Wild equine mums don’t abandon their children, and they don’t cache them like cows or some other animals do. They and the family all look after them — older siblings and stallions included.)
The bodies of 35 foals were found, one with his umbilical cord still attached. I read the reports from the government and the RSPCA. who went with the shooters in the helicopter. It was disgustingly cold and riddled with welfare issues and obvious stretches of the truth. And of course written to make it sound all good!
I was interviewed by a local news channel about it, which turned out to be biased, showing false footage of many, many horses and giving Jack Gough of the Invasive Species Council the floor.
I spoke to them for a quarter hour. You know how much of my footage they used? “If this is humane we need another definition.” And… “What about compassionate conservation?”
Two half sentences.
But the Inquiry is revealing so many cracks. I applaud Emma Hurst, MLC of the Animal Justice Party, and the Animal Welfare Committee that she chairs for making the Inquiry happen. I also applaud the hammering National Wes Fang gave the RSPCA for the inconsistency displayed by the organisation regarding the treatment of horses.
Fang neatly showed how our agency for the prevention of cruelty was not just engaged in a conflict of interest but also, he raised the question, if a racehorse is standing in a paddock, why is it not okay to shoot them in the spine from a moving helicopter with bullets that are too small to take him down, so therefore you have to use more, but it is considered humane for a free living horse to be shot this way.
The entire hearing was horrendous, and by the end of it, I felt so sick I had to walk outside.
We were told there is no foaling season in the wild. That’s why it is okay to shoot in foaling season. Against Standard Operating Procedure. The man who said that apparently bred horses.. so he knew. Ummmm.
Spring is when Nature produces babies. Occasionally there might be mares who give birth later in summer and even autumn. But there is a definite foaling season. And thanks to this one ignorant human, 35 foals were shot with up to 7.5 bullets. And orphans were still found. Terrified and starving.
I also listened to men discussing how the cortisol levels of murdered horses should b measured to see how they coped with being murdered. Umm. Horses are a peace-loving, tight-knit and deeply loving family unit who are prey animals.. therefore with high flight response.
Of course being shot at from a helicopter and watching heir families fall in front of them is highly stressful.
So is lying on the ground paralysed from shots to the spine, unable to help protect your family, or move from predators.
One does not need science to know this. You just need empathy.
There was so much lack of transparency and conflicts of interest and… just… a complete disconnection from nature. And sensitive, sentient beings.
It is not okay for us humans to go around murdering other species. We are the ones taking all the habitat. We are the ones causing the extinctions. We are the ones with the population out of control. Has anyone seen drone footage of our sprawling cities? It makes me tense just looking at them. How entitled of us to even consider “managing the populations,” especially by brutal murder?
Such is the patriarchy of the toxic male.
This is not the way forward.
Left alone, nature manages very well. We need to be learning how to live with this planet from the other beings we share the planet with, and who were here before us.
Because we aren’t doing very well.
There was no mention at the hearing of the human damage in the Kosci National Park, of which there is a lot.
One man talked about “Country crying” because of the horses. But I have to call BS on that. As a highly skilled natural telepath who has been listening to the voice of our Mother for nearly 70 years, I have to say, she loves the wild horses. They carry such magnetic healing energy. They have been here far, far longer than us. )Over 30 million years) It’s in equine DNA not to destroy the environment. They heal it. Also, the Other Little Ones have spoken to me of their fear of living without their Large Protector.
The wilderness community is very different to the way man runs things, including the way humans keep domestic horses on the earth. That’s not how it is done in the wild.
One of the things the old stallion-in-spirit said to me was :”When your leaders understand the interconnectivle nature of all things, then we will have an Enlightened Age.”
According to indigenous educator Aunty Ro Mudyin Godwin, many Aboriginal people have taken the wild horse as their totem. The brumbies are not the bad guy this man at the hearing was claiming them to be. Other First Nation people understand the spiritual significance of these amazing animals and welcome them.
Anyway, apparently the web of lies is cracking open finally and the light is bringing it all out into the open. Finally, other people are realising what we brumby advocates have been saying all along is true.
Independent biostatician Claire Galea was amazing, completely trashing the brumby head count (biologically impossible and grossly far-fetched) and offering another way to count actual living horses with transparency. There is not 3,000 left. There may not be 1,000 at this point.
There is definitely not 23.000 horses in the Park.
The Invasive Species Council, which is a privately funded organisation, said they wanted them gone. All of them. And we know this is the government’s agenda.
But why hurt them so brutally? Why not offer them a sanctuary funded by eco-tourism. People come from all over the world to see our unique free living horses in the wild.
I doubt very much this is about conservation at all. I mean why all the lies? Taronga Zoo has also been in the news recently about the Corroborree frog.. who was decimated by the chytrid fungus brought in by tourists. coming to the Park. We have been saying this. It’s easy enough to check, Why are the Invasive Species Council blaming the brumbies?
I guess they know the public won’t check. They just believe the marketing.
There have been so many lies and cover-ups.
But now the truth is coming out.
Let the light shine.
A second hearing is planned for the New Year.
May the wild horses be protected until then.
About Billie Dean:
Billie is an internationally recognised interspecies telepath and award winning filmmaker. She has been living with and observing brumby behaviour for nearly 20 years. Her film Ode to Wild Horses is multi award winning. WIth her husband she won the Shining World Global Award for Compassion for her work in animal advocacy and sanctuary.