By ERWIN CHLANDA
Hundreds of horses are starving to death on Aboriginal communities north-east of Alice Springs, according to a resident who provided information and photographs on condition of not being named.
The informant says some of the animals have access to water but many have died near a trough because they have nothing to eat.
Their rotting carcasses in close proximity to residences are a serious health hazard.
Many horses hang around homes on communities including Mulga Bore and Angula, damaging buildings.
The Central Land Council (CLC) has sent out two A4 sized notices to residents, with dead horses pictured near houses, asking the residents to get in touch with CLC about the problem.
The informant says the recent dying of horses near Santa Theresa pales into insignificance compared to the problems in the Gem Tree area on the Plenty Highway where some 250 animals are either dead or dying.
The resident says the problem started about a year ago when culling ought to have started, and when there was even an opportunity to sell the horses.
None of that has happened and the situation is getting much worse.
The News is seeking comment from the CLC and the Department of Primary Industry and Resources.
The Department of Primary Industry and Resources provided this statement:-
Aboriginal Land Rights Act land is managed by the landowners, in conjunction with the Central Land Council.
The Department of Primary Industry and Resources is aware of this situation and is liaising with the CLC to manage the response.
The department’s Livestock Biosecurity Officers may visit indigenous lands as part of investigations or if required to assist with issues or concerns in relation to livestock.
It is always concerning and distressing when any animals have died, especially in a manner such as this.