The U.S. government just rounded up 41 wild horses that were roaming public land and shipped 37 of them off to a Canadian slaughterhouse. 4 young foals were rescued are now under the care of a veterinarian in Colorado.
About 48,000 are now under government control. Many of them are being held in holding pens in the American West.
Critics say this latest roundup was illegal. The Bureau of Land Management says "regarding the 41 unauthorized domestic horses...The Bureau of Land Management had no authority over these animals under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act other than their removal.” But the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act clearly states "'wild free-roaming horses and burros' means all unbranded and unclaimed horses and burros on public lands of the United States."
Jane speaks to Ginger Kathrens, the executive director of the Cloud Foundation, who saw these horses just before they were rounded up and says they were unbranded. For more information go to The Humane Society of the United States.
To speak out contact Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell