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Australia seeks to sacrifice 10,000 wild horses threatening endemic species

Scientists warned that sacrificing wild horses in Australia's Kosciuszko National Park may not help restore the park.

If you imagine a vast field, the wind, and a fascinating sunset, a wild horse would surely be present. For years wild horses have been the symbol of animal freedom, running carefree through the countryside. However, in Australia, they are looking to slay 10,000 wild horses in an attempt to stabilize the wildlife in Kosciuszko National Park.

According to a group of scientists, a large number of wild horses in Australia is destabilizing the endemic flora and fauna of Kosciuszko Park. Horses known locally as "brumbies" are found in the alpine region of Australia and have caused widespread damage to the region's ecosystem, an aerial survey notes.

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Australia seeks to sacrifice feral horses, and science says it won't work

The government's plan to control the growing population is to cull more than 10,000 wild horses. The goal would be to keep the population small and controlled. However, a group of scientists said that sacrificing the animals will not be enough to solve the problem.

In essence, the scientists claim that the measure will not prevent the horses from continuing to reproduce. According to the draft plan released by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, the ecosystem would remain threatened. Species such as galax fish or alpine tree frogs would not recover quickly.

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"Kosciuszko Park cannot begin to recover from drought, extensive bushfires, and overgrazing if, as currently proposed, 3,000 feral horses remain," states the Australian Academy of Science.

Between science and nature

Now, the debate is between listening to science for the benefit of other species or slaughtering wild horses without a well-established plan. Conservation is complex, as the serious impact of the human population on nature's cycles is revealed.

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The case of the wild horses, which were brought to the territory by European colonists, is the best example of how our influence alters and defines the lives of many beings on the planet. In short, it is controversial to sacrifice the brumbies when they are currently an important part of the territory, but should we allow other species to disappear?

Certainly, the decision of the life or death of other beings should not be a human decision. However, Australia has reached an unsafe point with wild horses, and the nature intended to be saved, for now, seems to carry more weight.

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Text courtesy of Ecoosfera
Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards
Photos from Shutterstock

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