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Shocking Inhumane Treatment of Foals During Wild Horse Roundups

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SO CRUEL!

Can you imagine being chased by huge helicopters for miles with nowhere to hide, until you're too weak to run anymore?

According to this video, that is exactly how wild horses baby horse are captured.

Today, the ASPCA released a video documenting the inhumane treatment of young mustang foals during the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Triple B roundup currently underway in northeastern Nevada.

In these "round ups" groups of wild horses are chased for miles by government-contracted helicopters that cause a stampede.

Many little baby horses can keep up with her big horses and are taken from their families. Once captured the ASPCA says:

"These young, unweaned babies are separated from their mothers and forced to stand in the hot sun for up to seven hours without access to water.”

Visit wildhorsepreservation.orgto learn more.

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Advocates Argue For Horse Conservation While Others Argue For Slaughter

Slaughter advocates argue to legalize horse meat

The Federal Bureau of Land Management, responsible for managing the population of wild horses in the west, is under fire by animal rights advocates and those who advocate returning to horse as a source of nutrition.

The act of killing horses for human consumption was ended by congress in 2007, but a recent summit in Las Vegas has pro-slaughter advocates calling the BLM's current round up of wild horses a waste of public money, while animal rights advocates call it an inhumane solution.

The criticism on both sides of the debate had the U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief, Robert Abbey, defending the practice of wild horse round ups as rare and necessary at the first ever Summit of the Horse.

He defended against animal rights activists who call the roundups cruel and accuse the BLM of trying to exterminate wild horses, saying:

"There are a lot of people who believe we have ulterior motives in the actions we are taking. We are not interested in eliminating wild horses from these lands."

According to Abbey, feral horses compete with other wildlife for forage and water and can quickly overwhelm an area because they have long life spans and are unlikely to be threatened by predators or disease.

The Bureau of Land Management estimates wild horses could double their population in four years if left unchecked.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, U.S. ranchers and horse owners argue the nation's horse slaughter industry should be revived and the animals should be slaughtered and sold as food.

Yuck!

Pro-slaughter advocates call the $66.1 million spent in 2010 to care for horses rounded up and confined in corrals a waste of public money.

Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Stenholm, a democrat from Texas, argued:

"The Chinese are chomping at the bit to buy our horses. The Russians are chomping at the bit to buy our horses. Why can't we sell it to them?"

Since congress banned the act of killing horses for consumption in 2007, some horses have been trucked to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, which slaughter advocates argue, is an expensive business cost that has rendered the horse industry unprofitable.

Why do people have the desire to slaughter EVERY animal on the planet?

We're getting sick just thinking about eating Black Beauty and are content with all of the meat choices available to us already.

What do U think about the issue?

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Wild Horses Tame Wild Men

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Wild horses help tame wild inmates

At the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, inmates aren't the only wild beasts that need taming.

Prisoners have been given the task of taming wild horses that have been rounded up by the states Bureau of Land Management which is in charge of managing nearly 40,000 wild horses and burros that roam on 26 million acres.

This year's goal is to remove 12,000 wild mustangs from the range, and most of the animals will be put in BLM holding facilities, while about 80 will be trained by inmates at the prison.

Warden Jack Palmer says of the unique prison program:

"This is in my opinion one of the best programs the Department of Prisons has. This program … it teaches these guys work ethic. A lot of them come into prison, and they don't have a work ethic."

It's not just the prison staff who believe in the program either.

Thomas Smittle, an inmate who is doing time for embezzlement, says:

"This program has forced me to look at myself and I really had to grow up to able to be successful at it."

Country singer and Let 'em Run Foundation President Lacy J. Dalton is happy that the inmates are doing this task and hopes it continues. She uses a western expression to explain the effect a wild horse can have on a man, saying:

"Out here, you hear it all the time, a cowboy will say, 'The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.' "

We think this sounds like a fantastic program for the horses and the inmates.

Thoughts???

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100 Horses Dead After Helicopter Roundup!

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Horrible!

The Bureau of Land Management says that there are too many wild horses in the California/Nevada border range to carry, so they "roundup" and ship hundreds to BLM corrals and pastures in other states.

But what's really terrible is that animal activists say the roundups are extremely dangerous for the horses — over 100 died during a roundup in Nevada earlier this year.

Watch the report above!

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