Wild horses in the western US have been under attack for many years. Their habitat is being stolen & their numbers decimated. Because of our huge appetite for meat & dairy, America’s western public land where wild horses roam is being usurped & exploited by cattle ranchers.
Wild horses have been threatened by ranchers so severely & for so long that the Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act was established back in 1971 to prevent their impending extinction. Under this act, wild horses are recognized as “living symbols of the historic & pioneer spirit of the West” & are supposedly protected from “capture, branding, harassment, & death.” Yet, because of a series of irresponsible amendments passed by Congress, thousands of wild horses are subjected to harassment, capture, & death every year. Their numbers have fallen to below 32,000 according to American Wild Horse Preservation.
For over 40 years now, the US’ Bureau of Land Management has been eliminating horses from their wilderness home so that cattle ranchers can use the land to raise cows for beef. In the western US ranchers’ cows now outnumber wild horses 50 to 1, with this figure set to rise.
In what are known as “roundups,” the frightened animals are chased into stockpiling facilities, losing their freedom in place of captivity where they're separated from their families, branded with hot irons & worse. The horses who survive the roundups are kept in holding facilities, until they are “auctioned off,” more often than not to slaughterhouses.
This means that if you eat meat or dairy, you are funding the war on wild horses. & Unfortunately, taxpayers foot the bill for this cruel practice.
The best way to ensure you aren’t supporting government roundups of wild horses is to stop supporting the industry responsible.
Deforestation, water depletion, air pollution & habitat destruction caused by animal agriculture are resulting in the sixth mass species extinction event our planet is currently experiencing. ➡️onegreenplanet.org⬅️