This past week, Elizabeth had the honor of being a special guest at the documentary Wild Beauty, a movie about the plight of the wild horses and how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to round them up for no reason except for the fact that large corporate cattle and sheep ranchers and oil companies want to occupy these federal lands.
The Issue of Unnecessary Wild Horse Roundups
We have been working to educate the public about this issue for years- the BLM has shown itself to be a corrupt organization and they have lied over and over again to push their narrative that horses are a detriment to the land, when scientific evidence shows over and over that it is the cattle and sheep and oil frackers that are actually destroying the Great Plains. The cattle and sheep decimate the native grasses, which increases the chance of fire, flooding and drought. You can read more about how cattle and sheep are destroying the native grasslands here.
Instead of listening to environmentalists and even the government’s own scientists, the BLM instead spend millions of American’s tax dollars every single year to round up horses and put them in holding pens or auction them off, often to killer buyers who then sell them to slaughter.
Wild Beauty Documentary
Wild Beauty follows the journey of Ashley Avis, her husband and crew, as they document the wild horses both in their natural environment and during the roundups. They also follow these horses to an auction, and highlight the terrors of horses who are sold there. There are interviews with Scott Beckstead and Marty Irby of Animal Wellness Action, as well as environmentalist Eric Molvar of Western Watersheds Project.
Hanaeleh has been advocating for an end to the wild horse roundups and an end to all equine auctions, so we are very thankful that Avis was able to put this information out there in a documentary format.