Brumbies Running Wild and Free…

8 thoughts on “Brumbies Running Wild and Free…”

  1. Since percentages are a figure out of 100 your percentages are all out by 2 decimal places. eg 231 years / 120,000 years = 0.001925 = 0.1925% NOT 0.0019%

      1. But you added another zero and made it even more wrong. The first one should be 0.19% not 0.00019% as it says now.

      2. Finally corrected now! Its actually what I got when I first suggested that as a way of showing how infinitesimal the amount of actual “heritage” brumbies have on this continent compared to Aboriginal people. I forgot to multiply by 100 when I redid the calculation for the article. Still it just shows what an incredibly short time brumbies have been in the Snowy Mountains.

  2. Great writing. But only 7 out of 10 from me for the article. A real pity it was not informed by an ecologist (the type of scientist who has expertise in how to manipulate the abundance of living things). Nor was it informed by all the experts on animal welfare and suffering who developed the animal welfare codes of practice. What Lisa imagines to be the more cruel or less cruel options is the reverse of what the horses would experience. But heh, who needs facts anymore?

    1. Clearly there has been a great deal written by ecologists on this topic, and it was not my intent to discuss environmental science at any depth. The point of the article is that pro-brumby lobbyists don’t actually care about the welfare of the animals and their demands for heritage status is only really a thin disguise for their possession of a colonial identity. And yes actually I do know a great deal about the animals that live in the Snowy Mountains and how they are suffering, like feral horses and Indigenous animals such as wombats and all macropods because I am actually in the field frequently myself, live here and see the utter blatant disregard for their lives daily. Horses with broken legs struggling to get to water and wombats covered in mange, infected and scratching. Animal welfare codes are guidelines. If you see something suffering because it is in pain then you know it. Unless of course you have never seen an animal in the bush and lack complete empathy for other living creatures.

  3. Hi Lisa happy to share scientific data regarding your inbred statement. Infact there is less interbreeding in the wild than the domestic world, Research and documents should infact be truthful

    1. Lynette you have conducted a scientific study on the Australian alpine feral horse mating and breeding habits? Could you please tell me which university and where the study has been published and I will certainly correct any statements I have made. I did try looking for more solid information as anecdotally this is what I was told by local farmers. I would certainly love to read any study of scientific data you can provide.

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