THE CALGARY SUN reports:
Written by JENNA McMURRAY
As the premier honoured the Year of the Horse Tuesday, a handful of people protested provincial permits for wild horse capture.
Alison Redford was at a Lunar New Year celebration at Regency Palace in Chinatown while approximately 15 animal activists stood nearby, chanting ”Stop the cull!” in relation to the ongoing wild horse capture season.
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) last month announced it would grant permits for the capture of 200 wild horses in order to help control the animals’ population.
Horses caught become the responsibility of their captors and could face a variety of fates.
“Ms. Redford is here to celebrate the Year of the Horse — we want to point out the glaring hypocrisy of that,” said Anita Virginillo with Calgary Animal Rights Effort and Lethbridge Animal Rights Effort.
Protesters also said there is a major discrepancy in the alleged number of wild horses living in Alberta.
The province believes there is about 940 of them, but Virginillo said independent aerial counts have shown the number to be much lower. Read more >>
THE GLOBE AND MAIL reports:
Alberta’s Premier is defending the government’s decision to cull its wild horse population.
Alison Redford said Wednesday that the horses are feral animals that have an impact on pasture land.
“I understand that people that do have concerns and can get quite emotional about this,” Redford told reporters at a school announcement in Lethbridge.
“But at the end of the day, the decisions that are made have to be made in the context of the best possible use of our resources, our land management.”
Alberta Environment has issued a licence to capture up to 200 feral horses in the central Alberta area around Sundre. Read more >>
Favorite sign: “Will Horses are not the Problem. Slaughter is not the Solution.” — Ed.