Advocates decry BLM's wild horse roundups at meeting in SLC

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  • US Journalist New York, NY
    Nov. 3, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    casual observer. The land from which the wild horses and burros are being removed is PUBLIC land (which you seem to not know) paid for by US taxpayers like myself. Those animals are protected and I (yes, an East Coaster) help foot the bill for that. And no, I don't support my US tax dollars being spent to kill off the wolves (native species) and round up the horses (at $1,000 a head!!) just so you can hunt there and graze your cattle at welfare rates.

    Please, inform yourself. Salt Lake City is not the center of the universe, you know.

  • Jolanta London, ON, 00
    Oct. 31, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    Stockpiling wild horses in holding pens is a lunacy! The BLM is a disgraceful servant of the rich and powerful facets of our society and should be ashamed of its conduct. They are solely responsible for the cruelty of the round-ups, which the majority of the American public opposes. These wild horses live peacefully on their designated and rightful land without causing any problems. Wiping them out to extinction by the BLM is a travesty and the agency should be held responsible for this crime. They have already too much blood of these innocent animals on their hands. The American wild horses are the reason why people from all over the world want to come to US. They want to see them in their natural environment, running free - not stockpiled and waiting for the terror of butchery. Too many of them have been killed already! 'Blood for profit' - this is the mantra of the BLM. It should disgust all decent people.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    While feral horses over populate and compete with native megafauna, those on the East Coast wring their hands and cry. Let those who want to preserve wild horses and burros set aside a refuge, at their won expense, and give back to native animals their rightful territory.

  • MarybethDevlin MIAMI, FL
    Oct. 29, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    Independent fact-checking reveals that BLM's wild-horse population figure -- 38,500 -- is over-stated. About three times over. As of September 30, 2012 there were fewer than 13,000 mustangs left on the range -- 25,500 fewer than BLM persists in declaring, year after year, no matter how many thousands it removes. The agency's equid cleansing policy has been effective, yet its disinformation campaign continues.