Kath Massey from the Hunter Valley Brumby Association has written disagreeing with my post on the need to reconsider methods of control for brumbies in New South Wales. I've posted Kath's letter below and I'll respond to a couple of her points at the end of the post.
I have just read your recent article in Feral Thoughts and wanted to comment on some points.
Aerial culling is not a humane method of population control for any animal. You cannot humanely kill a fast moving animal from a moving platform and this has been verified by professional hunters. Horses that are riddled with bullets and left to die a slow agonising death, horse left to stagger around wounded and foals left to starve by their slaughtered mothers can never be considered humane. Then there are the environmental consequences of leaving the carcasses to rot and providing a food source for wild animals such as pigs and dogs. Yes Brumbies are unfortunately ending up in abattoirs but it is certainly a more humane way of killing them.