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Animal agriculture certainly takes an enormous toll on our planet. It consumes around 70 percent of the Earth’s freshwater supplies, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions while other organizations like the Worldwatch Institute have estimated it could be as much as 51 percent. Not only that but it also occupies around 50 percent of the world’s land. This destructive industry is also having a devastating impact on wildlife. In the U.S. alone, livestock grazing impacts 14 percent of threatened or endangered animals, but some of the most frequent victims of livestock expansion are the wild horses.

In the U.S., wild horses have been particularly hard hit by the meat industry’s demand for more land on which to raise cattle. In recent years, The Bureau of Land Management‘s (BLM) practice of “rounding up” horses using cruel helicopter-driven chases has drawn widespread criticism from animal advocates and concerned members of the public, who know how this traumatic practice impacts animals.

The BLM has continuously maintained that the roundups are “necessary and justified,” with Joan Guilfoyle, head of the Wild Horse and Burro Program, insisting that the numbers of wild horses on U.S. land doubles every year and that the herds must be thinned out to preserve ecological balance. She said, “If we stopped gathering animals, the population would continue to grow and grow and the rangelands would continue to be overgrazed.”

However, as Suzanne Roy – director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaignpointed out: “The reality is that there are a small number of wild horses out there, fewer than 32,000, and there are millions of cattle and sheep. We don’t have an overpopulation of wild horses. We have an overpopulation of livestock on our public lands.”

This picture by the Wild Horse Freedom Federation reveals the heartbreaking reality of roundups.  

What This Heartbreaking Picture of Wild Horses Running for Their Lives Has to Do With Your Burger

 

 

Under federal law, wild horses are supposed to be protected as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that … enrich the lives of the American people.” But Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education – who has spent 500 days observing the roundups – stated, “It’s my observation that the government continually violates the provision of the act that requires humane handling of these animals. … I’ve seen broken legs. I’ve seen legs ripped up by barbed wire. I’ve seen horses kicked in the head. I’ve seen animals dragged by the neck with a rope. I’ve seen a helicopter hit horses.”

Once the horses have been captured, they are often sent to live in captivity or put up for auction (where most end up being sold for meat). The separation of families, friends, and even mothers and babies is a routine occurrence. There have also been a number of recorded cases of BLM contractors selling the horses to slaughterhouses. It is an unspeakable tragedy that wild horses – the animals traditionally regarded as an emblem of freedom, beauty, and grace – are being subjected to this treatment.

However, by leaving meat off your plate, you can take a stand against this outrageous practice. With a lower demand for meat, less land will be required for cattle ranching, and fewer wild horses will suffer. To learn more, read some of the articles below:

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Image Source: Wild Horse Freedom Federation/Facebook

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270 comments on “What This Heartbreaking Picture of Wild Horses Running for Their Lives Has to Do With Your Burger”

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AVIS HOLT
2 Months Ago

Wouldn\'t a better solution be to sterilize some of the horses rather than terrify them and then kill them?


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Muriel Servaege
2 Months Ago

I agree with Brigitte, but certainly not with Harry or Frank. Does Frank think we humans belong?


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Harry
2 Months Ago

The solution too too many horses is to eat them.


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Frank Genta
2 Months Ago

Wild horses are like rats, they don\'t belong. Get rid of them.


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AVIS HOLT
12 Apr 2018

Hmmm, no, I think we should get rid of humans like you, first.

Birgitte Anker
2 Months Ago

Devastating and disgusting period ! Bandits from goverment must go to jail for life !


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Marty Silvert
2 Months Ago

This is so very sad. These noble animals helped the pioneers of our country to explore and civilize the west. Without them it would have been an impossible task. This is no way to thank their ancestors. Let us all hope that the heartless beasts that have conceived of this will be paid back ten fold.


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Ted C
2 Months Ago

"Not only that but it also occupies around 50 percent of the world’s land." That\'s ludicrous and completely untrue. This site already strains credibility but apparently out right lying isn\'t above the site\'s writers.


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Walter Byrd
2 Months Ago

I became a vegan 4 years ago. I kick myself all the time for not having done so sooner.


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john pasqua
11 Months Ago

HELL AWAITS THE TURDS BEHIND THE CRUEL ROUND UPS OF GREAT HORSES NOW.


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Barbara
11 Months Ago

THIS IS A SHAME & DISGUSTING !!!!!!!!!!FOR AMERICA CANADA & MEXICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THESE GREEDY BASTARDS MOST BE STOP NOW !!!!!!!!! WE ARE FIGHTING FOR DOGS IN ASIA !!!!!!!! IT NO DIFFERENT HIRE WHEN YOU KILLING HORSES FOR FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAME SHAME & DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THESE GREEDY BASTARDS MOST BE STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!STOP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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