FoA Protests BLM Wild Horse Roundups in Wyoming
by Nicole Rivard On Monday, Sept. 22, as two helicopters ripped 20 studs, 11 mares and five colts from their families at the Bar X District Line Trap in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area of Wyoming, Friends of Animals and supporters protested these criminal actions against America's wild horses at the Rock Springs Holding Facility.
As the organization waited for supporters from Kansas, Wyoming and Utah to arrive, members could see and hear foals whinnying to their families who they were cruelly separated from in the holding pens. A man on horseback chased one group of horses from one enclosure to another, trying to break their spirit and make them more "adoptable."
Protesters also put up crime scene tape across the gate and used a megaphone to shout facts about why the roundups in the Checkerboard Herd Management Area of Wyoming are blatantly violating federal laws.Fueled by the scene in front of them, around 10:30 a.m., 13 protesters marched from the public viewing area of the facility to the main gate leading to the holding pens carrying banners and signs and chanting, "Stop the roundups, stop the pain, BLM is to blame," "Let them be, wild and free," and "BLM lies, horses die" as BLM staff and local sheriffs looked on.