When you think about it…a change in one’s diet can save an icon of the Wild West.

A change in our diets would not only decrease the amount of grazing land needed for cattle, but would also increase the number of wild horses free to roam the land.

A change in our diets would not only decrease the amount of grazing land needed for cattle but would also increase the number of wild horses free to roam the land.

Wild horses are rounded up and put into pens to get them off public lands so ranchers can graze their cattle on them. Many people are horrified that these wild mustangs, who run with a free spirit and evoke images of the Wild West, are being hazed and harassed off the land. However, do these same people realize that if they gave up eating meat, beef in particular, there would be less need for land to graze cattle and more land for the mustangs to roam free and wild?

These horses are often rounded up using helicopters to drive them into pens. Steel gates slam shut behind them once they are corralled. Herds are split up, family members separated. All so cattle can roam the land that once belonged to these horses.

According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), almost 50,000 wild horses are living in captivity with only about 32,000 still left on the range. The horses living in captivity have to be cared for at the government’s expense. Some are adopted by caring individuals but most will live in BLM pens for the rest of their lives.

How can we prevent the destruction of the last vestige of our wilderness? When you think about it…a change in one’s diet can save an icon of the Wild West.

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