Opinion: We have too many wild horses. But this is no way to thin the herd.

Helicopter Horse Roundup

Opinion: We have too many wild horses. But this is no way to thin the herd.

Helicopter Horse Roundup

A group of wild horses is herded using a helicopter toward the Bureau of Land Management trap during the wild horse gather near Ely, Nevada on July 9, 2019. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)

The Bureau of Land Management’s annual helicopter roundup of wild horses and burros in the desert southwest, set to begin in mid-July, is beginning to look like a frontier standoff between animal advocates, legislators, and horse adopters of dubious intent. The issue is familiar: Wild horses get in the way of cattle ranchers who want to control more public lands for their own herds, claiming that the horses harm the landscape. As compared to, say, the millions of domestic livestock that decimate arid public lands with high-density grazing? This would be laughable if not for the brutality such thinking leads to. Read more from this Washington Post Story.

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