NO. NO. NO.
Those are the three words that rang out in my mind when I first learned of a Senate amendment to a spending bill that would slash funding for the preservation and protection of wild horses on BLM-controlled lands in states like Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
Those of you who have read my novel The Irish Cowboy know where my heart and mind resides on this somewhat complicated subject. (My feelings regarding the BLM are far less complicated!) Rounding up horses for slaughter is not something I can ever support no matter how carefully proponents of such a thing try and pretty it up with words like ‘humane.”
Those who have witnessed a wild horse roundup by the BLM know there is little humane about it. The horses are panicked. Many suffer serious injury while being chased by helicopters and vehicles. Those that do survive that ordeal are then most often destroyed shortly after capture. These beautifully wild and free majestic creatures that have been roaming those open lands for centuries will be no more.
There has to be a better way.
Our own humanity requires it.
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