Critics skeptical of U.S. 'compassion' for mustangs

BLM issues new policy for rounding up wild horses on fed lands

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  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    I would favor human treatment for zebra muscles with the same exceptions that are given to introduced feral horses.

  • Nebsy Ephraim, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    Again we have let emotion dictate legislation rather than economics/science/biology.

    Science will tell you that they are an invasive species. Law would indicate that invasive species have no protection. Issue permits to hunt these superfluous animals and feed people. Open up the range to the native species that are struggling to compete with the horses.
    We are being taxed to keep these animals alive/fed. Let those who are emotionally attached to them voluntarily pay for their upkeep.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 3:01 a.m.

    Some of what the BLM does in the roundups is not good for the animals but technology oppresses animal and human rights to implement it and that is the problem with man and nature.

    I can see using helicopters to locate herds and animals but the round up and moving herds should be by humane methods that don't use fear and instinctive flight to move them around.

    I'm sure the BLM has converted animal specialist (ranchers) to cull and reduce herd over population. Eventually the ratio of human/profit margin will be zero so why not just let them horses and wildlife go extinct and then we could erect monuments to what used to be there?

    Time is most likely the cause of abuse of herd culling and movement so they should allot more time and less technology that speeds up the process of death by exhaustion. Cost is not relevant or they wouldn't be budgeting $500,000 helicopters and $250,000 semis to replace horse power and cowboys creating jobs to move and relocate and cull herds. Helicopters use is costly to rent or purchase and inhumane.