Ongoing project one
I traveled to different places in The United States to meet people who dedicates their life to safe
There were millions of wild horses at the turn of the last century— early 1900s. Now there are fewer than 50,000 in the wild.
The Bureau of Land Management wants to keep down the population of wild horses.
The “roundups”, as it is called when catching the horses, are done in a brutal way.
The herds are chased by helicopters and driven into small pens. Many horses are injured and some even killed in the process.
While some of the captured horses are adopted, there are far too many to be able to find a home for all of them.
The "holding facilities" are of very low standard and are often cramped and dirty. The horses wait here in vain for a new home and a new life that they will likely never get.
The ones that do get adopted are sold for a very low fee and therefore often end up with people who neglect and abuse them.
The Bureau of Land Management has a contract with the ranchers that gives the ranchers permission to graze their animals on public land. In this way, the wild horses are competing with the food industry. You cannot make money off the freedom that belongs to the wild horses.
Among others, I meet Ginger Kathrens, who is the founder of
The Cloud Foundation.
She an Emmy Award-winning producer, cinematographer, writer and editor and author who is working to save the wild horses in the West.
I also meet Diane Delano, founder of The Wild Horse Rescue Center
and Mary Alice Smith.
They rescue horses from abusive
and neglectful environments.
The goal is to nurse them back
to health and tame and train them so they have a chance at being adopted in to a loving home.
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