When the NSW Government made the disastrous decision to protect feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park rather than reducing their numbers we acted quickly, joining forces with several other environment groups to form Reclaim Kosci.
Reclaim Kosci’s main objectives are to:
The Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act was introduced into the NSW Parliament by local member and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and passed on 6 June 2018.
The legislation overrides legal protections for Kosciuszko National Park’s native plants and animals and allows the health of the park to be compromised.
The new law was imposed without warning, consultation or broad community support. The law appeases those that don’t want horses removed from the park and a local horse-riding business.
It will irresponsibly allow feral horses to further spread, expanding their impacts throughout the national park and on visitors, motorists and neighbouring landholders.
The law was roundly condemned, including by the IUCN, the Australian Academy of Science, the ACT Government, the RSPCA and members of the government’s own expert technical committee. The NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee has subsequently listed the impacts of feral horses as a key threatening process, in large part due to their impacts on Kosciuszko National Park.
Reclaim Kosci is led by the Invasive Species Council and supported by the National Parks Association of the ACT, National Parks Association of NSW, Colong Foundation for Wilderness and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Reclaim Kosci is a community-led initiative and relies on public donations to continue its work to protect Kosciuszko National Park from feral horses.
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