• June 19, 2024

Federal Government To Extinguish Wild Horses In Arizona

Wild horses, while not indigenous to North America, are a wonderment to the natural environment, especially in the west. Over 400 years their numbers have dwindled from hundreds of thousands to hundreds. Now the federal government, in Arizona, wants to wipe out 100 wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, calling them “unauthorized livestock.”

Any unclaimed horses will be “offered for sale at public auction,” and if they are not purchased, they face being “condemned and destroyed, or otherwise disposed of.”

Wild horses sold at auction risk winding up in slaughterhouses — they’re often sold for negligible amounts, sometimes as low as $10 a head.

Local advocates and fans of the horses are heartbroken — and rallying to save the wild horses whom they love so much.

“This is an absolutely inhumane thing that our government is planning,” Simone Netherlands, president of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, a nonprofit that works to “monitor, study and preserve” the horses, told local outlet KPNX.

The Forest Service argues that the horses are not wild, they’re escaped livestock,and authorities are simply “trying to return them to their rightful owners,” KPHO reports.

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But the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group is adamant that these are true wild horses, deserving of their land and their lives, and they are trying desperately to save them.

Whether or not some of the horses were born wild or are “escaped” animals shouldn’t even matter when it comes to saving them — no horse deserves to be torn from her family and killed.

The government doesn’t see it as a demolition of natural wildlife, however.

The Forest Service argues that the horses are not wild, they’re escaped livestock,and authorities are simply “trying to return them to their rightful owners,” KPHO reports.

But the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group is adamant that these are true wild horses, deserving of their land and their lives, and they are trying desperately to save them.

Whether or not some of the horses were born wild or are “escaped” animals shouldn’t even matter when it comes to saving them — no horse deserves to be torn from her family and killed.

One would ask why owners of escaped horses wouldn’t round them up themselves. The Dodo contributed to this post.

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