Wild Horse Roundups Draw Accusations of Cruelty

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The United States' Bureau of Land Management is responsible for managing the populations of wild horses and burros in 10 of the country's western states. But controversy over the practice and the bureau's methods has been growing. Critics say the process of stampeding and capturing the horses is terrorizing and cruel, and inhumane treatment leads to injury and death in captivity. Now, even roundup supporters and the U.S. government say the current way of doing things isn't sustainable for the horses, the environment or taxpayers. The annual cost of the roundup is $78 million, twice what it was a decade ago.

The Bureau of Land Management has countered these criticisms by claiming that the roundups are indeed necessary to control horse populations and prevent overgrazing of the land. They say the horse population doubles every four years, and the roundups are required to thin the herds. But Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, says that wild horse overpopulation is a BLM-created myth, that overgrazing is due to livestock like sheep and cattle, not horses. Watch this report to learn more.

Federal Horse Round-Ups Stirring Controversy


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we could let the horses starve to death as they eat themselves out of house and home

May 15 2013 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
P. Ray

floopyguy,you need to do more research! Horses originated in North America and then spread to other continents. Horse DNA proves that some of the 'wild' horses were here before Europeans arrived, but the natives had never found them useful until they saw the Spanish riding them. Spanish horses were left behind and interbred with the native horse.

May 15 2013 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is not right i think that if there is overpopulation, they should find a way to control where they graze at instead of killing them

May 15 2013 at 8:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It's funny how we can say when to thin someone else's population but our own

May 15 2013 at 8:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

How can we help? I want to stop the cruelty of wild horses. How can we stop it?
I hate greedy people. These horses are so beautiful.

May 15 2013 at 7:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Chris Skelly

And this doesn\'t surprise you . Our government has been doing things like this for hundreds of years. Same thing they did to the Native Americans round them up, put them on Reservations, take their land, and Control them. Really does this surprise anyone?

May 15 2013 at 5:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Oh ya and get this .. the prez obama doesnt have a clue this is being done .. all the people that try to contact the govermtn to stop this .,. well they never get to talk to the prez.. so dont blame anyone but congress there the ones that do it .. i have been to a few actions and have seem the meet.. that 1 theme park got for there big cats.. so ya i have seen some of what is done .. and also the pregent femals are sent to a breeding fram and put in canada to do estrgen testing on them.. .. poor things i feel so sorry for them

May 14 2013 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

to all the who's and the whys .. are already answered... its all done by the Goverment.. yupp our goverment does this to free mustangs and donkeys and horses and sells then in actions.. and for food for the zoos.. to all the theme parks that have big cats..

May 14 2013 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AND, Who rounds up with a heli Really!!!

May 14 2013 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Lorna's comment

Umm, most modern ranchers.

May 14 2013 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

No matter what the reasons are, the cost is what has many shocked. My problem is this. These people are already paid to do a job, Why is the expense of this roundup extra. Please! Who approves this? Not to mention, Who is running the show. This is a total lack of management skills. Let\'s put another person in place who makes less money and have the job done right!
There are many who need a job, are qualified and wouldn\'t abuse their position because they know how precious a job is!

May 14 2013 at 8:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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