Were You Aware?
Each year, the BLM uses low flying helicopters to stampede thousands of wild horses so that they can be cleared from public land to provide taxpayer-subsidized grazing access to privately owned beef cattle.
In every roundup, terrified horses are separated from their family groups and placed in holding pens to await transport. Anxious mares call out to their foals, and stallions injure themselves trying to defend or reunite with their families. Some horses are killed or injured in the roundups. Many more die in the holding pens after the capture operation is over. The majority of the survivors are condemned to spend their lives in captivity, far from their families and native grazing lands.
And as if that weren't bad enough, over a period of several years, the BLM illegally sold nearly 1,800 wild horses for $10 a piece to a Colorado rancher and known "kill buyer" who resold the animals to slaughter. The BLM charged taxpayers $140,000 to deliver the horses to the rancher, who made $154,000 in profit by selling the horses for slaughter.
Despite scientific recommendations for use of a humane fertility control vaccine as an alternative to roundups, the BLM spends less than one percent of its wild horse management budget on birth control and over 70 percent to round up and warehouse wild horses. As many wild horses are now in captivity as remain in the wild.
Wild Horses Belong Here
Colorado wild horses.Photo | Pam Nickoles