Why did Victoria (Australia) police shoot four faithful horses

Cameron Stewart
Associate Editor

JUST after dawn on a bone-cold morning in June, a knackery truck rumbled onto the ­property of the Victoria Police Mounted Branch in Attwood, on Melbourne’s northern outskirts.

Mambo in centre 2012 protest

Mambo in centre 2012 protest

Four police horses were led, one by one, from their paddock towards the man with the gun. The first horse brought forward was Hear That Bell. Before his long police career he had come sixth in the 1994 Melbourne Cup at 16/1, far better odds than he faced on this day. The second horse to die was Gold Start, known as Goldie. A single shot through the forehead brought the 21-year-old down, ending his police service, along with the hopes of two young children whose family had agreed to let Goldie live out his days on their farm.

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  1. Spite! At least they were shot and not slaughtered at a slaughter house.

  2. Bernice Mitchell · ·

    Victoria Police should be investigated by the RSPCA.

  3. Lana M. D. · ·


    Lana “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” Martin Luther King Jr.

    Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:42:49 +0000 To: mojo_horse@hotmail.com

  4. Marjorie Crystal · ·

    From allowing mining in the Great Coral Reef to shooting horses. I
    say boycott Australia!

  5. Barbara Griffith · ·

    I used to like Australia but since they shot from the air several thousand wild horses because a tribesmen complained that disappeared in a hurry. These horses were killed to spite Tori because she stood up to her bosses with their puffed out chests thinking they were gods gift to the world. Every person that was in on this should be fired yesterday. But nothing will ever be done bout it. It will just be shoved under the rug and forgotten.

  6. Louise Slattery · ·

    What a despicable, malicious act. You did the right thing Tori – speaking up for those who can’t defend themselves. You may prevent similar treatment of other horses in the future.

  7. Jagadambe Dasi · ·

    Because they are fucking assholes.

  8. Anne Streeter · ·

    Too sad for words! Such spiteful behaviour! Thank you Tori for going public! You did the right thing.

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