Opposition to the proposed plan to almost entirely wipe out the Kosciuszko National Park’s brumby population is gaining momentum, with numerous online petitions receiving tens of thousands of signatures.
Two petitions opposing the controversial plan, established on change.org and Care2petitions, have collectively received almost 180,000 signatures since the scheme was proposed on May 1.
The management plan, which aims to see up to 90 per cent of the brumby population exterminated by 2020, has c0me under fire from numerous activist groups around the Riverina, including from the Snowy Brumby Heritage Group.
Founder of the group Michelle Brown said outrage against the proposal was “phenomenal”, with her Facebook page doubling its number of likes in the week following the plan’s announcement.
“Opposition is picking up big time,” she said. “People realise our heritage horses don’t have a voice of their own and so they’re wanting to speak out for them.”
Mrs Brown will attend a public interest meeting in Jindabyne on May 22 that will see members of advocacy groups lodge their complaints with the National Parks and Wildlife Services.