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BLM Halts Wild Horse Roundup Early; Returns 22 Horses to the Range

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 3:30pm

Photo by Terry Fitch

At long last, animal advocates have scored two small victories in the fight to end the inhumane, unsustainable wild horse management policies of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): On Friday, having rounded up about 1,370 horses—approximately 600 horses short of its previously stated goal of 2,000—the agency brought an early end to the controversial Antelope Complex roundup in northern Nevada. And on Sunday, the BLM returned 20 chemically sterilized mares and two studs to the range.

These developments followed the BLM’s announcement on Thursday, February 24, that it would undertake a large-scale overhaul of its wild horse management program. That about-face came on the heels of a U.S. House of Representatives vote to cut the agency’s budget by $2 million.

Journalist and horse advocate R.T. Fitch and his wife, equine photographer Terry Fitch, were present during the Antelope roundup and filmed the moment when the 22 horses were returned to federally protected public lands. Watch the Fitches’ video below to see the horses realize they’re free.

These developments followed the BLM’s announcement on Thursday, February 24, that it would undertake a large-scale overhaul of its wild horse management program. That about-face came on the heels of a U.S. House of Representatives vote to cut the agency’s budget by $2 million.

Journalist and horse advocate R.T. Fitch and his wife, equine photographer Terry Fitch, were present during the Antelope roundup and filmed the moment when the 22 horses were returned to federally protected public lands. Watch the Fitches’ video below to see the horses realize they’re free.

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Mario Spiteri

This cruelty is inexcusable.these people are heartless.if there is reincarnation I hope they come back as horses