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Celebs Ask Oprah to Save Wild Horses

Written by PETA | May 20, 2011

If there is one person who can command national attention for an issue, it is “queen of all media” Oprah Winfrey. That’s why Saving America’s Mustangs, a group run by PETA supporter Madeleine Pickens, has enlisted actors, musicians, and athletes to film an appeal to Oprah asking her to help them protect the few wild horses remaining in the West.
 

  
Just 100 years ago, there were 2 million free-roaming horses in and around Nevada. Today, there are fewer than 28,000. But that isn’t stopping the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from continuing to round up wild horses and confine them by the tens of thousands to holding pens, where they may be held for years before being sold. To get the horses into the corrals, workers rope, drag, and kick them and run them down with helicopters, killing some of them in the process. The roundups cost taxpayers $70 million per year. On July 1, the BLM will resume rounding up even more horses during foaling season.

Why is the BLM so hell-bent on rounding up wild horses? Two words: cattle ranchers. When horses compete with cows for grazing land, guess who ends up the loser? It’s just one more of the many excellent reasons not to eat beef cows

Oprah has done a wonderful job exposing the horrors of puppy mills, the Japanese dolphin slaughter, and factory farm cruelty. Will wild mustangs be the first animals to star on her new network? Stay tuned …

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Summer says:

    Yes the BLM work for cattle ranchers. Read ‘Beyond Beef’ by Jeremy Rifkin. You will learn all about the evil cattle slaughter industry and how anything that stands in the way of these rich, cattle ranchers making more money is destroyed.

  • Show pony says:

    If we all really work together we can stop the slaughter,

  • Madeleine Pickens says:

    This is Madeleine Pickens! Please share this youtube video link with as many NEW people as you can. Create mass emails, post on Facebook and Twitter, send to your coworkers, because the only way to really get something done fast is to have millions of Americans on the same side of our horses! Please help us!

  • MA Moo says:

    Wildhorselove: You hit the nail on the head! I would like to nail BLM to the cross!

  • MA Moo says:

    Wildhorselove: BLM & Salazar are guilty of criminal abuse and misconduct! Time to prosecute them!

  • wildhorseslove says:

    Wild Horse Annie and all the AMERICANS and AMERICAN SCHOOL CHILDREN who wrote letters and worked to get Wild Horses & Burros protected from brutal ignorant monsters who wanted to exploit them for their own profit. Its very sad that our government is now so corrupt that the laws that American fought so hard for are ignored so that the corrupt BLM and their welfare cattle buddies have illegally removed almost all wild horses and burros and replaced them with 13 MILLION PRIVATELY OWNED WELFARE CATTLE ( and thats not counting private welfare sheep ), on our public lands. These WELFARE CATTLE cost Americans up to 1 BILLION DOLLARS per year and destroy, our public lands, wildlife, native plants, soil, cause desertification ( remember the DUST bowl ? ) and all pollute and destroy all water ways and fish. The BLM already illegally destroyed over 100 HERDS of wild horses they were supposed to be protecting. The BLM are corrupt murdering liars who do not follow science, blame all damage the cattle do on wild horses, ( the National Academy of the Sciences has found that wild horses are good for the land, grasses and native plants ) the BLM do all they can to send wild horses to slaughter and cruelly illegally abuse all the wild horses they get their hands on. Having the BLM care for Wild Horses is like putting Micheal Vick in charge of caring for Americas dogs.

  • wildhorseslove says:

    Wild Horse Annie and all the AMERICANS and AMERICAN SCHOOL CHILDREN who wrote letters and worked to get Wild Horses & Burros protected from brutal ignorant monsters who wanted to exploit them for their own profit. Its very sad that our government is now so corrupt that the laws that American fought so hard for are ignored so that the corrupt BLM and their welfare cattle buddies have illegally removed almost all wild horses and burros and replaced them with 13 MILLION PRIVATELY OWNED WELFARE CATTLE  ( and thats not counting private welfare sheep ), on our public lands. These WELFARE CATTLE   cost Americans up to 1 BILLION DOLLARS per year  and destroy, our public lands, wildlife, native plants, soil, cause desertification ( remember the DUST bowl ? ) and all pollute and destroy all water ways and fish. The BLM already illegally destroyed over 100 HERDS of wild horses they were supposed to be protecting. The BLM do not follow science, blame all damage the cattle do on wild horses, ( the National Academy of the Sciences has found that wild horses are good for the land, grasses and native plants ) the BLM do all they can to send wild horses to slaughter and cruelly illegally abuse all the wild horses they get their hands on. Having the BLM care for Wild Horses is like putting Micheal Vick in charge of caring for Americas dogs.  

  • Connie Dassance says:

    I use to be ,behide the BLM…. When the people who ran it,had the animals welfare at heart.Now,who every is running the BLM,have no heart or sole….I’m for firing that person ,”ASAP”.Before more,are no more.Thank you,”PETA!

  • Amanda Gilliland says:

    Our goverment has turned their backs on the horses that helped build our Great Country. The BLM will continue to abuse, injury & kill during the roundups of the Wild Horses off of their federally protected land( look at the foals being run till their soft hooves seperate{can’t handle the running on the rough land}, pregnant mares loose their foals from stress & being knocked down or the horses die in roundup pens from stallions being with stallions seperated from families and fighting to escape or one another) from the horses being kept in pens for extended periods of time, then being shipped to auction houses & to have the horses transported out of the U.S. for slaughter. WHY? Because of GREED from the cattle ranchers. THERE IS PLENTY OF LAND BUT THE RANCHERS WANT ALL OF IT! The cattle ranchers send lobbiest to Washington to make sure that The BLM can continue to remove the Wild Horses from their own land so the cattle ranchers can lease it. The Cattle ranchers do not even pay full price to lease the land. That’s outrageous! Eventually, the BLM will remove all of the Wild Horses. that’s what the cattle ranchers want! It’s about money the BLM recieves. The BLM says it is for population control of the horses.That’s not true! Look how the wild horse population has already declined from 2 million to less than 28,000! Please tell me why the cattle ranchers have no population control of cattle? Horses do not destory the land as cattle do. Horses will only drink the water they need and move on to grazing. Cattle on the other hand not only drink the water but they stand in the water & deficate in the water which contaminates the water.

  • diane lindsay says:

    Why aren’t the appalling actions of the BLM illegal??? Great article! Thank you, PETA, for supporting and posting on this important issue!

  • MA Moo says:

    BLM = Criminal Abuse!

  • MA Moo says:

    Under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act of 1971, “It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harrassment or death; the area where they are presently found should be considered an integral part of the natural system of the public lands”. I rest my case!

  • Randy Thomas says:

    It is horrible how our government with our tax dollars commits such atrocities against these majestic animals and we do nothing about it. It is time big business understands that enough is enough… beef industry..you will no longer have my family’s business at all!

  • MA Moo says:

    Correction: Wild Free Roaming Horse & Burro Act of 1971 passed by US Congress should be enforced and BLM reminded these are federally protected lands and herds. Thank you Madeleine, Oprah and PETA!

  • MA Moo says:

    Great article Michelle! I hope Oprah takes America’s wild mustangs under her wing! All the more reason for Americans to embrace the Vegan movement. It is hard to believe they don’t have room on the range for 100 horses, but there is plenty of room for 100s of thousands of cattle! The BLM is guilty of ABUSE on many levels. In addition to the abuse, how is it that Federally protected lands and herds under the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1974 are now fair game for BLM? In my opinion this is illegal! Go Vegan!

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