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Urgent: Save America’s Wild Horses!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:30pm
Red horse looking straight ahead

In 1971, Congress declared our wild horses and burros an integral part of our public rangelands and ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to care for them as cultural icons. Over the years, the BLM has rounded up tens of thousands of our wild equines, often with cruel methods, and shipped them to tax-funded holding facilities where they are confined for the rest of their lives.

The BLM is again looking to apply the same failed model of round-ups and removals in revised management plans for wild horses out West. These plans must be altered.

If adopted, these management plans would decimate the wild horse population in the Wyoming Checkerboard, a two-million-acre mix of public and private land where nearly half of Wyoming’s wild horses live. This is certainly not the free-roaming vision Congress set out for these majestic animals.

The good news is that you can help! The BLM is accepting public comments through Friday, September 27, on the potentially devastating revisions to Resource Management Plans that will cull wild horses in Wyoming.

Please be a voice for our wild horses before their time runs out. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center right now to quickly contact the BLM. Urge the agency to adopt policies that give horses their fair share of habitat and keep them on the range where they belong.

On behalf of the horses, we thank you!

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Nancy Slanger

Roundups are scary, cruel and counter-productive. Holding wild horses in pens is cruel and stupid. How hard would it be to use contraception to control the population? Or is the real goal to remove them almost completely so ranchers may fatten their cattle?

Rosie Robertson

What a pity and what a shame from our government.....instead of these horses being protected, they are being slaughtered.....such a magnificent and loyal creature has to go thru this....what a pity.

Kelly

As an animal lover, I don't know about anyone else but I am sick of having to beg idiots not to hurt them or destroy them. Why can't we just leave the poor animals alone to live they why god intended them to. We are not the maker or the ruler, we would not like it if someone came in and stole our rights or kidnapped us from our land and confined us to where they said we should be. Let the animals be free as they should be.

Susan Tarbouche

I think it's totally wrong to decimate the wild horses because cattle ranchers do not want to share public lands with them. It's bad enough they are allowed to dictate policies to serve their own self interests and that we do not have a say although we have every right to. These public lands belong to us too as American citizens and we don't want these horses slaughtered because of cattle ranchers' greed!

Terri Pigford

Why can't man leave animals alone and allow them to be happy and loving beings as they are. Everything man touches they destroy or abuse. I hope one day the very people who are abusing animals KARMA will come back and bite them.

ricardo

Back in the 70s a couple of friends and myself hiked across the country and when you get to St Louis going west the prarie had buffalo grazing in nebraska and it was awesome and the horse were running wild around Casper and it was just as much awesome if not more. The politicians ought to take a real close look at some of the beauty left in our country but its not going to be here much longer if they dont wake up and take a look intstead of making money off of mother nature. Pretty soon our country is going to be one big conctrete lot or just dirt.

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ricardo

Back in the 70s a couple of friends and myself hiked across the country and when you get to St Louis going west the prarie had buffalo grazing in nebraska and it was awesome and the horse were running wild around Casper and it was just as much awesome if not more. The politicians ought to take a real close look at some of the beauty left in our country but its not going to be here much longer if they dont wake up and take a look intstead of making money off of mother nature. Pretty soon our country is going to be one big conctrete lot or just dirt.

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Kathy Klamert

These wild horses need to have lots of room to run, in their natural habitat. Not caged up, and most certainly not crated up and shipped off for slaughter. They are beautiful creatures put on this earth by God to roam free, unless they're owned by individuals and being ridden, etc. Please don't take their freedom away from them.

Kyra Collins

This needs 2 stop, Please help these beautiful animals, they are meant 2 be free

Cindy

It's a travesty how these animals are being treated. We can (and should) do better as a society. There are much more humane and cost effective ways of managing wild animal populations. Please preserve our natural heritage!

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