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26
May

Lovell exposes Labor’s brumby slaughter plans.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called out the Andrews Labor Government on its plan to secretly shoot brumbies in the Barmah National Park, urging the responsible Minister to intervene to stop the slaughter.

In a constituency question for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio, Ms Lovell referenced a recent Weekly Times report that revealed the deceptive nature of the Andrews Labor Government, with details of plans to start shooting brumbies in secret, rather than trapping the horses as promised.

Ms Lovell said the plan was despite Parks Victoria agreeing to reduce the number of brumbies at Barmah through trapping and placing the horses in a re-homing program or at the nearby brumby sanctuary run by the Barmah Brumby Preservation Group.

Ms Lovell said that several Barmah locals had contacted her with concerns on this agreement after only ten brumbies were trapped by Parks Victoria in April, five being placed at the sanctuary and five re-homed.

A Liberal Coalition Government would adopt a more humane brumby policy that included proper assessment of the brumby population, veterinary oversight and re-homing.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“After Victorians were rightly outraged at Labor’s plans to slaughter the iconic Barmah Brumbies, Parks Victoria agreed to trap the brumbies and allow them to be placed in care or into a re-homing program.

“It is clear Parks Victoria are reneging on this agreement and I call on Ms D’Ambrosio to immediately intervene and stop plans to secretly cull Barmah brumbies by contracted professional shooters.”

ENDS

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240       jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au

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