America’s wild horses are an iconic symbol of the nation, representing freedom and the frontiersmen spirit our great country was established upon. As herbivores, horses do not pose a predatory threat to other animals and humans, but due to the greed of special interests, namely, cattle ranching, these stunning mystical creatures have been villainized to justify the reprehensible government-funded culling and slaughtering of millions of wild horses and burros over the decades.
The current Administration plans to cull 92,000 wild horses and burros under the 2018 budget, when these innocent animals who have done nothing wrong will be rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and shipped to holding cells awaiting brutal slaughter (typically done in Mexico or Canada), where their meat is then sold as American horse meat to countries in Europe and Asia.
A petition has been written on Care2 to stand up for these horses and burros. As the petition explains, the BLM has been violating the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, a law enacted in 1971 to protect wild horses from “capture, branding, harassment, or death.” This law was instated by Congress after they acknowledged the value of wild horses as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West [that] contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people.”
This mass slaughter of America’s horses and burros is a downright tragedy that brings our nation much shame. Wild horses are meant to be wild and free on their natural territory, not mercilessly killed for the sake of expanding cattle ranches and harvested as a commodity. Please take a moment to sign this petition in support of America’s wild horses and burros.
Many people are still entirely unaware that America’s horses are being killed by the government for cattle ranching, which is all the more reason to omit meat from our lives, so PLEASE share this with your network to increase awareness of this incredibly important issue.
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