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|Originally Posted: 15 April 2011|
Help the Abused Wild Horses Held at the BLM Butterfield Facility
[Ed. Note: Please watch Mustang Conspiracy for a wonderful overview of the reasons behind the rounding up and captivity and slaughter of America's wild horses and burros.]
FROM The Persian Horse
Contact the officials who can do something about ending the abuse of our wild horses by the Bureau of Land Management, at the beck and call of cattle, oil and mining industries.
“I don’t understand how BLM can justify the removal of these animals from the safety of their wild homes, only to dump them into these hellish conditions. I seriously doubt that the American taxpayers want their money used for this kind of cruelty,” Ginger Kathrens, Director of The Cloud Foundation.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
A wild-horse advocacy group has released videotape of a Utah holding facility that it says shows mustangs living in unhealthy conditions.
The Cloud Foundation said the video shot by activist Lisa Friday last month at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Salt Lake Regional Wild Horse and Burro Center in Herriman, Utah, underscores the need for the agency to halt further roundups of the animals from the range in the West.
Among other things, the group based in Colorado Springs, Colo., said THE VIDEO SHOWS HORSES THAT WERE UNABLE TO MOVE FROM A KNEE-DEEP MIXTURE OF MUD, MANURE and URINE.
“I saw more than 10 HORSES IN ONE PEN TRYING TO ESCAPE the quagmire, but their legs were suctioned deep into the mud,” Friday said, adding she also saw "30 HORSES LAYING DOWN IN THE MUD THE ENTIRE THREE HOURS" she was at the facility.
Undercover video contains disturbing images of once-wild horses penned in areas where they were unable to navigate out of a knee-deep mixture of mud, manure, and urine. Friday, a wild horse adopter and long-time horsewoman, reports of seeing 30 horses laying down in mud and excrement for the entire three hours in which she was at the facility. ”They never got up,” she states.
“I saw more than 10 horses in one pen alone trying to escape the quagmire but their legs were suctioned deep into the mud,” explains Friday.
“Seeing wild horses in this kind of squalor is heart-breaking,” says Ginger Kathrens, Director of The Cloud Foundation who has spent 17 years documenting the wild lives of horses in her Cloud productions for PBS. “I don’t understand how BLM can justify the removal of these animals from the safety of their wild homes, only to dump them into these hellish conditions. I seriously doubt that the American taxpayers want their money used for this kind of cruelty.”
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