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The Wild Horse Contoversy. Deciphering facts from ficion, with no opinions.

Updated on June 12, 2011

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I want to leave this hub with no opinions included. I do not want to share my opinion this matter, for personal reasons.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM are the government assigned people who manage most of the wild horses in North America. Much contreversy has followed BLM over the years, and it seems to come to no end.

We all known that there are some websites that contain total lies to catch your attention. We also know that there are some websites that don't have numbers right. We can't decipher what is fact and what is fiction. So, who is there to trust now?

My goal here is to bring it all together. I will put together as many true facts I can find, from as many resources as possible. I want to give this piece of writing as much work as I can put into it, and keep it organized. I want you to form your own opinion about BLM, without being brainwashed by BLM lovers and BLM haters.

Please be corteous in the comments.

Why and How Does BLM Round Up Horses?

Why- Wild Horses are rounded up due to over-population. Horses generally reproduce every year and a half. WIld horses are able to breed from 2 to 3 years.Domestic Horses stop breeding around the latest age of 21. Wild Horses live around 18-25 years (Source: Turner and Kirkpatric, 1986, Kesada et al, 1995). BLM states that herd grow 20% each year, and can double within four years.

Sources say, with a growing population of wild horses, and the land and fields left for them is not able to support that many. BLM states, (Quote) "To ensure that herd sizes are in balance with other public rangeland resources" is why they round up horses.

Other sources state there are 25,000 wild horses and Burros left in the wild. BLM estimated there are more than 38,000 left today in america (including un-managed and managed BLM areas). BLM counts

How- BLM states that the horses are rounded up by helicopter into holding pens. Then they are put into holding pens where their sex is determined and their age is estimated. Some are sent to facilities where they may be trained and adopted, while others are sent into forever-home pastures.

Is rounding up horses by helicopter safe? BLM states that it is the most humane and safe way to do it. A wordpress article says (Direct Quote) "With 150 horses and foals now dead in the wake of the most deadly “gather” in BLM history, the agency continues with an apparent government cover-up of the number of horses." tells a different story. They say ( Direct Quote) "Another well-established BLM practice is to thin out herds to the point where they are no longer deemed genetically viable, and then use the threat of in-breeding as an excuse to zero out such herds completely." They also say (Direct Quote) "BLM’s most often used rationale for round-ups is the threat of starvation and drought conditions: so-called “emergency gathers” are another way for BLM to circumvent the legal requirement that only “excess” animals be rounded up.". They also say, (Direct Quote) "Whereas private cattle and sheep are promptly restocked, if in fact they were removed at all (e.g. almost 50% of the total estimated horse population removed from the Ely District following brush fires, but no reduction in authorized livestock for the 23 affected grazing allotments - NV, 2006),"

Do WIld Horses go to Slaughter?

When adopted out of BLM, the horse is monitered by BLM for one year. After the one year BLM gives you a title, so you can officially own the horse. This tittle is only given if a horse has been given proper care. The tittle allows the owner to take the horse to slaughter, but at that time it is not a BLM horse anymore, so that is the owner's decision.

While sebsites say some BLM horses are just direclty rounded up and sent to slaughter, BLM stats that (Direct Quote) "This charge is absolutely false.  The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management care deeply about the well-being of wild horses, both on and off the range, and the BLM does not and has not sold or sent horses or burros to slaughter.  Consequently, as the Government Accountability Office noted in a report issued in October 2008, the BLM is not in compliance with a December 2004 amendment to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act that directs the Bureau to sell excess horses or burros “without limitation.”


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    • FishAreFriends profile image

      FishAreFriends 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you so much! I

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant and I look forward to reading many more hubs by you.

      I am a sucker for anything to do with animals and this one was a rare treat.

      I vote up without a doubt.

      Take care


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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      There is a viable market for horses purchased and transported to mexico to be used for "food." Flag up!