The Plight of Wild Horses Featured on NBC

May 15th, 2013 by Nicole Meyer


Wild But Not Free: The Today Show Exposes the Cruelty of Wild Horse Roundups

NBC’s Today Show recently aired a segment titled “Wild But Not Free,” exposing the failure of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to effectively and humanely manage America’s wild horse and burro populations.

In the coverage, music legend Carole King speaks out on behalf of wild horses, as does a former BLM employee who managed wild horses for 30 years. A rancher who uses public lands is also interviewed and questions the value of horses stockpiled in BLM holding pens, saying “Let ‘em go to slaughterhouses.” Footage provided by IDA’s coalition partner, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and other coalition members, captures the brutality of helicopter roundups conducted by the BLM. During these “gathers,” horses are stampeded and chased until they’re too exhausted to run, resulting in many injuries and deaths. Family bands are heartlessly torn apart, never to see each other again.

Watch NBC’s coverage here. We warn you that some of the footage is disturbing.

We hope you will join IDA in urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to take immediate and proactive action to reform the BLM program to humanely manage wild horses and burros, which is the desire of the American public. Click here to send a letter to Sec. Jewell and also Tweet @Secretary Jewell to let her know how important this issue is to you.

295 Responses to “The Plight of Wild Horses Featured on NBC”

  1. June 10, 2013 at 11:21 am, John Roe said:

    Let’s keep up the great work for the horses. Horses get
    Only what we give them
    John Roe
    Magnolia Texas


  2. June 10, 2013 at 10:16 am, tammy said:

    This is ridiculous !! Please keep keep trying to stop this !!its inhumane !!!


  3. May 21, 2013 at 8:33 am, John Roe said:

    Keep up the great work for the horses !!
    Horses only get what we give them !!
    John Roe


  4. May 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm, NEILA WOOD said:

    First these IDIOTS don’t have a right to ROUNDUP these horses and burro’s and hold them in stinking corrals–WHILE CATTLEMEN use OUR land to feed the cows–the damn cows eat everything down to nothing SO there is not one blade of grass left for a horse or anything else–just add sheep to this equation and you have barren land–which then the OIL Companies move in and the AMERICAN PUBLIC gets screwed again because these SIC POS BASTARDS are only in this for their own personal gain–NOT FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC! One of these days People in this country WILL WAKE UP and GET OFF their ASSES and do something about this shit–BUT the way it is going IT’S TOO DAMN LATE! GET RID OF THE BLM —PERMANANTLY–they are self serving POS!~


  5. May 18, 2013 at 12:14 am, pat sturge said:

    I am so with you on this it has to stop it makes me sick how people treat animals


  6. May 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm, R.M. Fontanez said:

    Leave the wild horses alone- FREE!!! They are precious creatures of nature!!!


  7. May 16, 2013 at 2:26 am, wendy raub said:

    Leave theese beautiful animals alone they are free but not free be cause we a capturing them we need to leave th alone. Tjey deserve to run free and live out rheir lives with there families when one leaves its devastating for a horse tjey f eeel just like we do .


  8. May 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm, debra nelligan said:

    This sick why dont we do a roundup and get rid of the people doing this stop this horrible acts


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