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? -__- Um, we do. Deer, moose, and rabbits are all hunted as a means of controlling the population. Thanks to our forefathers, there are not enough predators to naturally keep the populations in check, so we have to do it. If we "left them alone" they would continue to reproduce, deplete their sources of food, and ultimately succumb to starvation, disease, even more collisions on the roads, etc. Let's keep in mind that because of public demand, mustangs are not killed outright like deer and moose. This does not push them to extinction, it is preserving both the species and the environment they live in. Why do you think so many funds are invested in tagging wildlife, tracking their habits, monitoring their populations and making efforts to help predators like wolves regain numbers in the wild?
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... Are you REALLY serious in saying we should only hunt animals that can harm us? Do you not realize that this is the kind of mindset that makes animals extinct? We can and do hunt prey animals, and have been doing so for as long as we've been walking on two feet. If you're going to make a statement like that, I would at least hope that you are a vegan.
Why are our woods, creeks, and native wildlife less important than an introduced species? I cannot think of a polite response to that. I grew up in the foothills of the Rockies, and have been raised (by my evil pro-logging family!) to have respect and appreciation for it. That land and its native animals deserve to be preserved. It was all there before we came, and it was there before the horses came. There are plenty of horses in the world, plenty of horses in Alberta in less sensitive ecosystems. Plus, a *few* Rural parts?? I'll be forgiving since you're from MA, but look at a map. The vast majority of Canada is rural land. If they are damaging the ecosystem they are inhabiting, then I will fully support their removal. If keeping them in pens is wrong (and I agree), then there are two options. Put your money where your mouth is and ADOPT EVERY SINGLE ONE, or allow them to be shot.
"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. Why would I agree with opinionated drivel written by a misguided organization? Has SRD (not a logging company, btw) issued a statement outlining a plan to eradicate feral horses from Alberta? I've yet to see it. I'm not sure what else to say to you, since I don't have the time nor the patience to explain at full length the meaning of sustainability, ecology, and conservation (ETA: and what stewardship means). Your view is extremely narrow minded - I am assuming you are quite young, and therefore in time you will hopefully understand that reality is not a disney movie. It saddens me that someone so young has already decided the world will end.