In Australia, a battle is raging over whether wild horses are a national symbol or a wild pest. 101 East investigation.
In the alpine plains of Australia’s Snowy Mountains, thousands of wild horses graze the Alpine wilderness.
They have inspired poetry, books and films, creating an epic myth about these intelligent creatures and their place in Australian culture.
But today, they are at the center of a bitter battle.
Ecologists want the “brumbies” to go away, saying they are trampling a pristine environment, polluting water and destroying the habitat of endangered native animals. But horse activists are lobbying to keep them, arguing that their way of life and community cultural identity are under threat.
101 East reveals the bitter conflict over whether Australia’s wild horses are a national symbol, or a wild pest.