Wild Horse Education (NV, USA)Freedom. Majesty. Beauty. America's wild horses are a national treasure and an iconic symbol of our public lands. They're so dearly cherished that Congress unanimously voted to protect them under Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
Wild horses and burros belong to the American public and it comes as no surprise that there's a growing intolerance to these noble animals being mistreated and killed in aggressive roundups conducted by the very agency that is supposed to protect them- the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Most Americans have seen videos of horses run down with a helicopters, chased through barbed wire fencing and foals run until their feet literally fall off.
The images and videos may very well have been taken by Laura Leigh, President and founder of Wild Horse Education (WHE). Leigh has taken us with her on a quest to witness and document wild horse roundups.
The battle to gain a humane care standard for our wild horses and burros became a literal "mission" for Leigh and her organization. It is expected that the BLM will be announcing its completed "Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program, (CAWP)" sometime in October. The difference between what BLM uses now to determine handling is an "intention statement," the new announcement will be an actual policy.