Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Mustang Wars: Saving Colorado's Wild Horses
Aspen Peak Magazine
When people hear that wild horses, aka mustangs, are rounded up en masse over treacherous terrain by helicopters, forcefully separated from their tightknit family bands that took years to form, and then processed like cattle—castrated, branded, and shipped to long-term holding facilities, where they will spend the rest of their lives in captivity—they are shocked. When they learn this is a government program costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year, questions fire at a rapid pace: Who are the horses hurting? Why does it cost so much? Aren’t mustangs protected? How can we do this to a symbol of freedom?
"The conflict between wild-horse activists and the BLM has risen to a fever pitch during President Obama’s first term in office. Colorado’s Spring Creek Herd Area in Disappointment Valley, near Norwood, has been the site of an ongoing battle. Embedded at the center of the dispute is documentary filmmaker James Anaquad-Kleinert." Read MORE...