What Cattle Production has to do With the Disappearance of Thousands of Wild Horses


A very good article that speaks to the facts of what is actually going on with the Bureau of Land Management and the wild horses in the West. ~ HfH

From: One Green Planet

cattleandhorsesThe routine roundup of American wild horses is a practice that has a long and corrupt history. From the time the great West was settled, wild horses have posed a threat to agriculture, after all, large herds of horses take up land and they do like to wander into gardens and nibble on crops left out in the open. But like all species, the wild horse plays a significant role in our collective ecosystem and should not be treated as a pest, although our historic interaction with wild horses speaks differently.

In response to the rapid disappearance of wild horses, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFRHBA) was established in the U.S. in 1971. The WFRHBA designated wild horses and burros as, “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West,” playing a major role in contributing to” to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of American people.”

On these grounds, it was decided that the wild horse was to be protected from “capture, branding, harassment, or death.”

Under these provisions, the very nature of Bureau of Land Management roundups is illegal under this act, yet due to a series of reckless amendments by Congress, roundups leading to the harassment, capture, and death of thousands of horses occur every year.

According to In Defense of Animals, “roundups are physically tortuous and indiscriminate as the young, old, and pregnant are forced into a violent stampede over rocky and dangerous terrain.” Chasing groups of horses with low-flying helicopters, young horses run to a point of absolute exhaustion and many die. One particular roundup in the Calico Complex in Nevada left 83 horses dead and caused 30 mares to have spontaneous abortions.

Clearly, this is an inhumane, illegal, and incredibly unnecessary practice, yet every year, the BLM continues to sanction roundups, all for America’s greatest and favorite tradition, beef production.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Morgan Griffith

    I was watching “Yukon Vet” yesterday. It’s a new series that I was enjoying. In yesterdays episode the vet was going to hop in a helicopter to round up horses as they were “over populated”. Ya right. They show the scenery when this vet goes out on a call and you see mile upon mile of NOTHING. Why don’t they see fit to round up the elk, moose or other animals. I turned it off and will never watch it again. Her words explaining the need for the roundups were straight out of BLM propaganda machine.

    May 28, 2014
  • Sue

    I wrote an e-mail to my Senator, Bill Nelson, about horse slaughter. Unlike my vet-House representative, who is FOR slaughter, Nelson is not. Here is Nelson’s reply:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the protection of horses from slaughter. I oppose the consumption of horse meat in the United States.

    The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a previous injunction on inspecting horse slaughter establishments. This decision will effectively allow these establishments to begin operating.

    Senator Landrieu introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, S. 541. This bill would prohibit transporting or selling horses or equine parts for human consumption. In addition, it would deem equine parts as unsafe food additives or animal drugs. This legislation is pending before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

    I will keep your concerns in mind should similar legislation come before the Senate. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.
    Bill Nelson

    May 28, 2014