End the Cruelty to Wild Horses in the U.S.
August 03, 2012
Wild horses – mustangs – have inhabited the plains and mountains of the West for hundreds of years. These magical animals have been iconic symbols of America’s mythology for generations and they are seen as spirit animals by Native American tribes. In the early 1900s, it’s thought that more than 2 million wild horses roamed the West, but today, less than 40,000 remain. Every year, at behest of the livestock industry, the federal government rounds up and removes thousands of wild horses from our public lands. The methods used to gather these animals are often unnecessarily cruel and stressful. One of the more controversial methods for rounding up the wild horses is using helicopters to herd them into to holding corrals. They swoop down towards herds of horses causing them to panic and stampede into traps. The wild horses are often injured or even killed. Sometimes after having their freedom taken away these magnificent animals end up in the hands of “killer buyers” who send them slaughterhouses.
Find out how you can help keep our wild horses free: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/wild_horses/