Cross-posted from the Equine Advocacy Examiner
Written by MAUREEN HARMONAY
The BLM’s Tuscarora Gather may be temporarily suspended, but the number of deaths from Saturday morning’s roundup in northern Elko County, Nevada, has spiked to 12 since yesterday’s initial report. More than 5% of the 228 horses stampeded over miles of unforgiving terrain and relentless heat have perished as a direct result of the helicopter chase, and their faces are now coming into view.
A quarter of the horses who died or were “euthanized” were foals five months or younger, including three colts between the ages of two and five months old. Four of the dead were relatively young mares, including a five-year-old mare who “was euthanized shortly after being gathered due to a fractured leg that occurred in the temporary holding corrals.”
Lest anyone envision that this mare was gently put to sleep by a veterinarian who administered a lethal dose of barbituates, the reality is more stark. As reported by the AP’s Sandra Chereb, this unfortunate and terrified mare was “shot and killed.” What we don’t know is whether any of the mares who didn’t make it left suckling foals behind. Read full report >>