Always two sides to every story, and I am on the other side of this one. Wild horses are subject to population control just like any other species - perhaps even moreso since no matter how you slice it, they are not a native species. I've lived in the AB foothills and the horses can really do a number on that environment. The foothills are not meant to support wild horses - it's not at all like the prairies, the land is soft and their hooves tear up creek beds and kill off native fish and plants, and they do hinder the efforts made by logging companies to maintain our forests.
Since I have family working for one of those perceived "evil" logging companies, I've grown up on the other side of the pond and these attacks on using an extremely renewable resource and making efforts to sustain it really hit a nerve with me. From a business perspective, it is in their best interests to preserve the forests and keep replanting. If they clear-cut everything without making restoration efforts they would go out of business. Are they claiming that there is scientific evidence that wild horses are not damaging these efforts? (where is this evidence?) or at they claiming that no efforts are being made at all? Because I assure you that is pure BS - I've spent plenty of time crawling around the foothills planting those saplings myself.
But I digress, and don't want this to turn into a debate as to whether Canada should stop harvesting any natural resources (even the renewable ones) and just tank its economy. I fully support managing the wild horse populations both here in BC and Alberta (and anywhere really). IMO if you want to make a difference, adopt one, or suggest better methods for roundups - better yet get involved with them.
I understand you come from 1 side of the pond, but I come from the other, and so would most people on this forum (here's hoping ha!). If you subject 1 species to this kind of treatment, why not do this to other over populated animals in places like Canada, in places like the US, you can't because over time, the more and more you throw these animals away, they will forever go extinct. In fact, why can't we do it for deer? Or rabbits? Or moose? -__-
Horses are not bears, they do not kill people, they do not eat your bird seed. They are not moose, they do not kill people in cars when you hit them on the road. They are not cougars, they are not polar bears. You cannot and SHOULD NOT hung a PREY animal.. Are you REALLY serious in saying "they mess up the woods, and creeks" ... Really??? It is one of the most (not the most) majestic, carefree animals on the planet that is considered PREY, and you're willing to "due to over population in a few RURAL parts of Canada and "any where else you see fit" to just throw them in a pen, and made into meat...
"Silently the government of Alberta has changed the horse capture regulations to a point that they reflect the determination of the SRD to rid the province of what they believe are nuisance animals."
You REALLY agree with this statement, JUST because you've been in the logging business..and you want to "save the resources"..I got news for you honey, this world is coming to an end whether you like it or not, & it ain't b/c of too many horses in Canada.. I don't understand HOW you whether you've been on 1 side of the pond or not, actually are IN Canada or not, (like myself) can think that "population control" for horses... is ok.