Some lucky, some not in Kaimanawa cull
Tue, 05 Jun 2012 7:00p.m.
The wild horses of the Kaimanawa Ranges have their origins back in the 1870's.
Their numbers have fluctuated, but in the 1980's it became apparent there was too many for the harsh environment that is their home, to sustain them.
DoC called for a limited cull.
Controversial, yes, but seen as necessary, to ensure the group's overall survival.
Last week Tristram Clayton and our cameraman Chris Jones, were allowed in to watch the muster.
And while some horses went to the works others went to a new life, as far north as Auckland.
Watch the video to see the story.
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26/03/2013 6:23:00 p.m.
Brandon Huntley wrote:
what i think they should do is round them up sell them who want the and just put them back into the wild its just STUPIED just leave them alone!
14/06/2012 11:33:45 p.m.
What I want to know is who profits from the 80+ horses that were slaughtered, is it DOC? That is a lot of horse meat, where does it all end up? I think this is worth investigating!
8/06/2012 1:53:31 p.m.
Tristram Clayton wrote:
Thank you for all your feedback. For those interested in providing a home to the horses please contact Simone or Elder at Kaimanawa Heritage Horses. For those interested in the music that accompanied the story it was Beethoven's Symphony No.7 in A major. Many thanks, Tristram
8/06/2012 9:41:29 a.m.
Percy Lobo wrote:
Can you please email me contact details,
of the person or persons I need to get more details of the horses,in case I need to purchase a few next year.
Thanks and Regards
6/06/2012 12:23:44 p.m.
This saddens me these majestic beautiful noble horses being culled like this, there did seem to a need to do this cruel act
6/06/2012 9:15:56 a.m.
Majestic, wonderful animals, the people who work in Kaimanawa Heritage Horses are amazing and their tireless efforts have saved hundreds of horses. The culling of any of these horses is unnecessary, but the need to have sufficient facilities to keep them straight from the muster, yards etc does limit peoples ability to buy them. I think if kiwi's spent more money on helping Heritage Horses by donating to this wonderful cause then they would be able to train more for resale and therefore the need to cull the horses at all would not exist. A kaimanawa won horse of the year, so they are becoming more popular in equestrian circles, which is awesome and can only help their cause.
5/06/2012 10:56:55 p.m.
Sue Millard wrote:
The Clip failed to mention the name of the group represented by Simone is Kaimanawa Heritage Horses (formerly known as the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust). Simone along with a group of around a dozen committee members, area representatives and dedicated volunteers have spend endless hours saving as many lives as possible for this & every muster. KHH work tirelessly to promote these horses & assist their owners & horses in need. KHH is a registered charity. Visit www.KaimanawaHeritageHorses.org
5/06/2012 8:54:25 p.m.
This was so sad to watch. They are beautiful animals. I have to ask why the remaining 74? couldn't be returned to the ranges? Surely they were not all old and or sick? There is no real justification to send them to be slaughtered 8( There seems to be plenty of land and feed for them. Why not only round up just the amount ordered/reserved? I thought DOC were all about preservation, protection, conservation and assisting the vulnerable animals in need. This issue/cull really needs to be re evaluated. It just seems so cruel and totally apathetic and unjust. There is far too much killing of sentient, beautiful animals in this world, just because humans deem them of lesser value. Why does NZ have to be part of this shameful practice.Its a very sad and cruel world we live in 8(
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