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Saving America's wild horses

  • Govt. says range needs to be shared by all users: horses, livestock mining industry, recreation industry
  • 33,000 horses roam BLM land across Western states


Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, is resigning from his position, leaving the Obama administration in March. Animal advocates say this is the time for the U.S. government to end the controversial practice of horse roundups.

The Interior Department oversees the Bureau of Land Management which runs the horse roundups. The roundups are done by helicopters flying dangerously close to and sometimes striking horses in order to drive them into holding areas where they can then be moved. But critics say this practice is inhumane. And they want the next Secretary of Interior to protect the horses as well as the open ranges. Some have even started a petition to have Raul Grijalva named the next Secretary.

Calls to the Interior Department were not returned.

For more on this story watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7pm ET on HLN. 

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