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The wild horses and burros roaming American lands are few and far between, yet the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) still insists on callous roundups where they chase down these beautiful herds with helicopters and bring them to holding facilities for indefinite periods. Sadly, many eventually end up on the auction block to be taken across U.S. borders to be slaughtered and sold for their meat in countries around the world. What is fueling this disturbing practice? The interests of big cattle ranchers, of course, which are encroaching farther and farther onto wild territory, and ranchers and those that benefit from Big Meat supposedly fear a competition of resources between the cows and horses. However, horses and cows are both herbivores and in no way natural enemies, and on the chance they do cross paths, interactions are entirely peaceful and they share resources like watering holes with no problems.

Another one of these disturbing roundups occurred on August 6, 2018 in the Bible Springs Complex and Sulphur Herd Management Area (HMA) in Southern Utah. A wild horse advocate captured some shocking images of what this roundup entailed, and the photos are catching the attention of concerned citizens across the country and sparking outrage.

Images show BLM helicopters flying dangerously close to the terrified horses.

These horses were chased along barbed wire fences, which caused many to crash into the torturous fencing.

The horses were chased for such great distances and lengths of time that young foals had difficulty keeping up and ended up lost and scared without their mothers.

Blind and injured horses were also chased down for miles at high speeds, and one two-year-old stallion was roped to get him into the trap.

 

In a letter to BLM Utah State Director Ed Roberson, AWHC stated these aggressive tactics violate the BLM’s Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy for helicopter drives. AWHC Executive Director Suzanne Roy wrote the letter to Roberson, saying, “We call on the BLM to suspend the roundup underway currently in Utah by grounding the helicopters while an investigation is undertaken of the animal welfare violations documented by our observer … There is a way to manage wild horses, and this is not it … Nearly hitting wild horses with helicopters, repeatedly causing them to crash into barbed wire, and stampeding horses in a manner that leaves foals behind is unconscionable.”

Roy continued, “Polls show that 80 percent of Americans want wild horses and burros protected, not destroyed. The way these horses are being treated during this roundup is unnecessary and flat-out inhumane, as well as a serious violation of BLM’s own animal welfare policies.”

Do you love America’s horses and burros and hate seeing them attacked in such an aggressive and dangerous manner, and with the use of taxpayers’ money at that? Then there is a lot you can do to help them in their struggle to survive. For starters, begin with your plate! By ditching meat and opting for plant-based foods instead, you are lessening the demand for more cattle to be raised on wild horse territory. Secondly, you can donate to organizations like the American Wild Horse Campaign that are fighting tirelessly to protect and conserve these glorious equines.

And lastly, spread awareness of the serious issues at hand with your family, friends, and peers. Public pressure ignited by social media recently saved a herd of 78 wild horses from being culled by the Government, so we really do have the power to make a difference! You can do your part to spread awareness by SHARING this with your network so people can see what is really happening to our wild horses.

All Image Source: American Wild Horse Campaign

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0 comments on “Shocking Photos Show What the U.S. Government Is Doing to Wild Horses Because of the ‘Threat’ They Pose to Cattle”

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Jeff Biss
12 Days ago

The problem is the holocaust that is the meat industry. People don\'t need meat to sustain life or health and so we have the obligation to destroy the meat industry because we consider ourselves moral. That will remove the human threat, ranchers leaving the land to wildlife, including these naturalized wild horses. People are a very real virus that threatens all living things.


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Robert A Jones
12 Days ago

The truth is that the land these horses live belongs to every citizen of the USA and not to any rancher. The ranchers have leased this land for more than a hundred years and here in lies the problem. Years ago the land was put on bid and anyone (rancher) that won a lease has controlled that land forever. The law needs to be changed and should be open to bidding every five years so that everyone has a fair chance to acquire a lease. Baring that law, then the cattle should be removed and left only to the horses and other wild animals. Write or call you Congressmen and Senators and tell them that you want new land lease legislation passed. Help save these wild horses.


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Jefferson Ross
13 Days ago

This is slaughter most of which will be eaten on the fine tables of Chinese and other foreign persons. They do not pose a problem for cattle it\'s the cattle ranchers that bitch about the wild horses . This is part of the big mess with the ranchers who got their ass in put jail and Trump pardoned.


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nancy spainhour
08 Aug 2018

I BELIEVE A LOT OF IT IS PURE GREED! THOSE WHO HAVE, WANT MORE!! MORE LAND, MORE MONEY! THEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL MAJESTIC HORSES WE HAVE HAD FOR GENERATIONS ON THESE PUBLIC LANDS OF OURS! THEY BELONG TO ALL OF US, NOT JUST A FEW GREEDY CATTLE MAN! TRUMP HAS MADE SOME VERY BIG MISTAKE, BY ALLOWING ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SHOOT, OR KILL ANY OF THESE HORSES, THE RIGHT TO KILL ALL THEY WANT. BAD MOVE!!HE IS KILLING ALL OF OUR WILD LIFE!

Bryan
13 Days ago

So a few things this article doesn\'t say, is that a horse eats all day long. A horse will eat until there isn\'t anything left. In the U.S., we don\'t eat horse, we eat cows. Cows need grass. Horses eat twice as much as cows. These sames fields feed cows. You can\'t have both. That\'s why ranchers have hundreds of cows but only enough horses to ride. This practice of herding wild horses has been and will always be. It\'s a necessary evil for human life. While this one pilot got too close, don\'t be fooled into thinking this is the normal procedure. Onegreen just likes to paint ugly pictures.


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Mat
08 Aug 2018

We can have both and we don\'t need to ride, farm or eat either cows or horses. All this is totally unnecessary. It is not a necessary evil for human life, it is all part of an inhumane, ugly inhumane system!

I call BS Bryan.
08 Aug 2018

You\'re full of crap and you know it . This isn\'t about horses eating to much this about the greed the ranchers have and get away with while our money pays for this disgusting practice .

Karen
08 Aug 2018

One pilot is one pilot too many who is treating these animals like this in the USA. So many of us are speaking up against animal cruelty, especially with what goes on in China and Korea and Japan, too, with dogs and cats.... and here we are right here on USA land treating our beautiful wild majestic horses in this manner. This doesn\'t have to be today or ever. It is sad that any one of those creatures would be needlessly slaughtered just so someone could have a piece of a cow to put into their mouth and chew up. There are other methods to try to slow down their procreation, I\'m sure ... and it surely doesn\'t have to include slaughter or selling them to other countries to be cruelly put to death. Of all things, they should NEVER leave this country!!

nancy spainhour
08 Aug 2018

THE PROBLEM HERE IS, THE WILD HORSES ARE GRAZING ON PUBLIC LANDS, NOT PRIVATE LAND! THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO THAT LAND, DO YOU? YOU PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN SO MUCH FROM THE INDIANS, AND WILD HORSES ALREADY, AND NOW YOU WANT TO DESTROY THE HORSES ALTOGETHER!! SO THEY WON\'T BE A PROBLEM FOR YOUR CATTLE!! YOU WON\'T BE HAPPY UNTIL YOU TAKE ALL THE GRAZING LAND ON EARTH!!

Kathleen Walton
13 Days ago

What can we do?


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Kasper
08 Aug 2018

Basically the short answer is become an abolitionist vegan. Protest against wild animals being killed for ignorant people to raise more domesticated animals to kill.

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