It is a sad reality in our great nation that wild horses and burros are culled from their territories by the masses by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the sake of cattle ranch expansion. These horses are chased down by helicopters, taken off to holding facilities for indefinite periods, with many ending up on the auction block where they are sold to be taken across U.S. borders, butchered, and eaten in places like Japan and some European countries. However, the fact is that horses and cows are both herbivores who are not natural enemies. On the occasion when the two species do cross paths, the interactions are entirely peaceful and they cooperatively share resources without so much as a neigh or moo. Animal advocates are always fighting to protect our country’s wild horses, and now their efforts have resulted in an impressive victory — a herd of 78 wild horses has been saved!
Known as the Fish Springs wild horse herd, the majestic group has gained a lot of attention on social media, which some believe may have something to do with the herd being saved this time around. The government planned to cull two-thirds of the herd’s population, which would have destroyed any chance of the herd’s survival. Thankfully, the U.S. Department of the Interior listened to advocates from Gardnerville, Nevada and have spared the lives of these glorious creatures, at least for now.
Although there is certainly reason to celebrate, the fight is far from over. Love horses and want to help contribute to wild horse conservation? Then visit here to donate to the cause.
Want to do even more for wild horses and burros? Start with your plate! By ditching meat, we are lessening the demand for more cows to be raised on wild horse territory. To learn more about how our food choices impact other species, click here.
Of course, as this victory has shown, spreading awareness also has great power to influence minds and ignite change. Start by SHARING this article with your network as a reminder of the ongoing plight of America’s wild horses and burros.
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