Around 1900 there were about 2 million horses running free.
Millions were shot, poisoned, slaughtered, and considered as pests by western Ranchers.
In the 1950’s (when Wild Horse Annie first brought horses to the national spotlight), there were only about 25,000 left in the wild.
In 1971, The Wild Horse & Burro Act was passed, and there were about 54,000 horses in the wild. It was a long, hard battle for Horse Advocates to get this passed, but the law set aside 54 million acres for wild horses. – the initial public land where these horses were already established.
Now in 2009, there are approx. 32,000 horses in the wild. Some say fewer, and want an actual census of horses and land to be done by a third party.
The BLM plans to remove 12,000 horses between Sept 2009-Oct 2010.
If they conduct these expensive roundups in the next 12 months, that will leave about 20,000 horses in the wild – about 1/2 of the horses than when the Law was initially passed in 1971!
The BLM is greatly reducing Wild Horses to near-extinction, and very quickly too.
Since the 1971 Law was passed, 25 million acres (about 50%) have been quietly taken away from the wild horses. Because of these little known BLM actions, the BLM tries to claim that these current (smaller and fewer) Ranges are overpopulated, and the land is ‘degrading’. They claim that round-ups are for the safety of the horses – to prevent starvation.
That is simply a lie from the BLM to convince the average American that round-ups are needed.
There are 3 million cattle, 100:1 ratio of cattle to wild horses on public land.
The horses are being mis-managed and driven to extinction, one horse range at a time, all across the great American West.
Please contact your State Senators, Congressmen, and the Obama Administration, to support the ROAM ACT and the Wild Horses. Give them back the land that should be theirs in the first place.