Cross-posted from ABC News (Australia)
Should Kimberley wild horses be sent to the abattoir? To some they are an environmental pest that must be removed, to others they are beautiful animals with economic potential for people in the remote southern Kimberley.
Brumbies have a place in Australian folklore, and the Kimberley is no exception.
The wild horses living near Lake Gregory and the Balgo community in the southern Kimberley have exotic origins.
Two of their forebears were highly regarded Arabian stallions while the rest were toughened stock horses.
Now opinion is divided on their value.
To some any worth they may have is eclipsed by the damage they do to the environmentally sensitive and valuable, Lake Gregory.
While others say their blood lines are exceptional and offer economic opportunities to the Balgo Aboriginal community.
Kimberley Morning’s Vanessa Mills discusses both sides of the argument.
See column on right to listen to audio (click on down arrow).