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The Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) are calling for Lands Minister Brendon Grylls to immediately initiate an aerial cull on feral horses at two pastoral leases (Lake Gregory and Billiluna) in the East Kimberley.
The call comes from PGA president Rob Gillam who said the Kimberley pastoral industry was facing an economic, environmental and animal welfare catastrophe unless there was an immediate cull on feral horses at Lake Gregory.
'The high number of feral horses, which some have estimated is as high as 9000, is impacting on the biodiversity and cultural values of the Lake Gregory wetlands through overgrazing, trampling and nutrient run-off,' Mr Gillam said. 'Lake Gregory and Billiluna are active pastoral stations under the control of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and as pastoral lessees they have a legislated responsibility to control declared pests on their property.'
Aerial control of feral horses is considered by animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA to be the most humane way to deal with this issue.
Source: Farm Weekly