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|Originally Posted: 2 February 2010|
26 Horses Dead After Excruciating Winter Roundup
FROM Return to Freedom
Tell the President and your Senators and your Representative to STOP the BLM's wild horse roundup.
President Barack Obama
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Over 1300 wild horses have been removed from the Calico
Complex in Nevada to date. After having been herded by
helicopter for miles over snowy and rocky terrain, foals, older
horses and pregnant mares are suffering the brunt of this
At least 20 pregnant mares aborted their fetuses, an
occurance that happens when mares are placed under extremely
stressful conditions. Foals, orphaned from their mothers, stand
alone in holding pens without even the comfort of a windbreak to
shield them from the harsh winter weather. One foal collapsed
and died after the chase, while another was euthanized after his
hooves were found to be completely separated from the bone. This
young foal literally ran his hooves off and suffered agonizing
pain until he was euthanized (likely by gunshot) 2 weeks later.
One mare broke her neck after crashing into the gate of the
holding pen - likely in a state of panic. Others were simply
found dead in the holding pens.
“A horse’s condition is more compromised in the winter,
especially older horses, pregnant horses or those nursing foals.
The additional stress of a roundup, capture and separation only
adds to their fragile condition. What is so sad is that not only
do many of these horses have to endure a helicopter chase,
capture and transport, but that some endure it only to be killed
in the end. Some horses are too stressed to eat hay or drink out
of troughs when they are in corrals. These free ranging herd
animals suffer more than we can see. They are wild horses. They
are born, live and die on the range and I am sure if they could
speak they would prefer to live out their lives, season to
season, on their range with their herd” said Neda DeMayo,
Founder Return to Freedom.
Return to Freedom is asking Americans to continue to speak out against this taxpayer funded cruelty. Please write to your Representatives in Congress and to the White House, denouncing the BLM's mismanagement of America's wild horses on our public lands.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!