Animal Rights Lawyer Shocked By Northeastern MP Bill Tilley Supporting Tying Up Brumbies | Border mail

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A founder of the BRUMBY action group was stunned to find that an MP from the North East was promoting wild horses with a lasso in the Alpine National Park. Marilyn Nuske was responding to Bill Tilley by saying that he wanted the lasso and the gathering allowed to control the brumbies in the high Victorian country. “I was shocked when I read what Bill Tilley said because you can’t do it, it’s just not allowed anymore,” Ms. Nuske said. “It’s dangerous and Parks Victoria won’t allow it and most Brumbys defenders would agree that this is a pretty cruel way to take down the Brumbies.” It’s a pretty wild and woolly method. “He’s not at all what you could nicely call a brumby.” IN OTHER NEWS: Mr Tilley has advocated for lassoing and rallying on the grounds that the talents of mountain riders are being ignored and not valued as a resource to help fight brumby numbers. He was commenting following the publication by the Victorian government of its latest wild horse management plan for the Alpine National Park late last year. It specifically excludes the lasso, also known as the brumby race, as it “does not meet the health and safety standards that may be authorized by Parks Victoria and therefore will not be used as a method of control”. The same report notes that “83 wild horses were roped off the Eastern Alps” from 2018 to February last year. Like Mr Tilley, Ms Nuske was disappointed that the new plan approved the aerial culling of brumbies and failed to measure the loss of wild horses in the Alps due to the Black Summer bushfires. The animal rights lawyer said there was a 50% drop in brumbies due to the mountain fires in 2006 and she expects it to be the same after 2019-2020. The state government has accused COVID-19 of delaying a count and expects the numbers from the investigation to be released later this year. Ms Nuske said a team found four dead brumbies shot down and covered in branches, but it was not clear whether they were downed or killed by rogue hunters. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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