WG: Absolutely no insult intended. I am in the legal field and know how to get access to many legal documents and information. I spent three years of my life researching and interviewing. I interviewed those who feel it is right and those who feel it is wrong to send these magnificent animals to slaughter, as well as the issue of the necessity for the roundups. I listened to what all parties had to say, even the BLM - who, by the way, when I went to talk to them, were very arrogant and suggested VERY CLEARLY that they have the power to do whatever they want, and don't HAVE to explain anything at all to the public.
Then I went to various courthouses in the west, including the Supreme Court in Cheyenne, and several district Courts in Albany, Hot Springs and Teton, Wyoming among other states. I also researched the various federal laws that were put in effect to provide safety for these horses. I found that they are being blatantly ignored.
I spent this time in an effort to get an accurate picture of what was going on since the BLM and some of the esteemed politicians behind the slaughter efforts were smiling and saying how these horses were starving and suffering and they had to round them up and put them in cramped holding pens "for their own good", while horse advocates for the horses are saying the complete opposite.
I found this: In the wild naturally, some horses died each year from weather related circumstances. This is the natural culling that nature provides. However, when you find a horse that someone dumped, as you have found, it is again caused by someone irresponsible and lacking compassion. They should never be the reason that horses are rounded up and sent to slaughter. And I have several good friends who have made a living photographing the wild horse herds for YEARS. They tell me that there are no starving band of horses being rounded up, and they have the pictures to prove it.
Botched euthanasia attempt are the exception, not the rule. Terror and mistreatment in slaughterhouses is the RULE not the exception.
And making a full, complete, investigation of the facts and not just accepting the ones that support my personal beliefs, is the only responsible avenue to take.
Again, I had no intention to offend, I was just saying that people need to look at ALL sides of the issue thoroughly before making a stand. I have done so and my stand is with a very educated conviction that there IS a better way out there than rounding up the horses. The BLM has shown that they are not above lying to the American Public. Why would they need to if they sincerely believe what they are doing is the right thing? And that is just ONE small thing to consider. There are so many other issues that impact the matter.