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Last Wild Horses of Canada Symbolize a First Nation's Battle to Protect Its Territory

Society & Culture  (tags: politics, animals, horses, First Nations, indigenous peoples rights, world, news, culture, society, animals, animalwelfare, wildlife, wildanimals )

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For at least 200 years wild horses have been part of the frontier mystique and the character of Chilcotin country. Recently these animals have emerged as a symbol of strength and pride for the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation--and also as a source of controversy.


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Simone Duffin (1462)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 12:23 am

Thank you Cal!

Ellen m (215)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 1:22 am
When I was a child living horse crazy in California, my parents best friends mother used to visit regularly from BC...and May always used to bring me all that she collected, magazines, postcards, and photos of BC's wild horses. And while the folks were out and she was left to babysit, she used to tell mr stories of these wild bands, as well as her experiences with them growing up there among them..
That facination as a child has never left me, nor has the knowledge these magnificant animal BELONG where they are, free of interference from all but the indiginous peoples that were given their rights as stewards of these animals long before cattle grazed and the world intruded in on them.
I pray the score a big, just win on this one.
Thanks Cal

Cristian S (18)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 1:34 am
We actually have had our share of problems with people trying to exterminate horses here in Romania (in the area near Danube Delta) but we had the help of WWF for their protection

Annick Letourneau (67)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 3:37 am
Thanks :)

colleen p (38)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 8:39 am
those horses came from the Spanish or before any Europeans came to the Americas? is that what they try to say?

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 8:44 am
Thank You, Cal !

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 8:51 am
Thank you for sharing!

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 9:58 am
Thanks for posting!

Tim C (2420)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 10:31 am

MmAway M (522)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 12:52 pm
Thank you Cal for this article and photos at site! P.S. #!#! the Ranchers! FOOEY!

Latonya W (82)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 1:10 pm
wow thanx

Marianna Molnar (9)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 1:45 pm

jennifer t (41)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 2:00 pm
Thanks Cal

janet f (29)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 2:04 pm
Why must every wild animal be exterminated?

Michael Ruger (17)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 3:04 pm
How did Canada get so anti-animal crazy so fast? Did our American Anti anything virus infect that country?
Killing wild horses WHY? do they have a better excuse then we Americans do. Is it the cattle rancher thing where they claim the horses our overgrazing? Maybe thery claim the horses are spreading diseases to their livestock? Maybe they once fell off their rocking horses and never got over the shock aand hatred? It sure can't be the few bucks they will get one time for selling the last of thed wild horse meat? Or are theyy that nieve? Does anyone out there know the corporations that sell the Horsemeat? If we knew that we could set up boycotts

Marcia Oyler (0)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 8:02 pm
More killing of wild and free animals. Can't we share the planet??

Shirley A (96)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 9:12 pm
Annilation of horses and burros is disgusting when it is practiced anywhere. We are constantly and STILL embroiled in trying to save our American Wild Horses and Burros after 20+ plus years. Folks need more education of the contributions made and the fact that horses and burros were and are full partners to mankind. Nations would not have been built without their loyalty and life giving deeds. When people of common sense and compassion realize what an asset and blessing they are for this earth, they understand why it is so important to respect and protect them. All wildlife has to be respected now and always, it is the responsibility and mandate of humans to do so.

Ruth C (87)
Friday October 14, 2011, 6:53 am
We owe civilization to the Horse because it was with the Horse that the world was conquered!!

Rita White (55)
Friday October 14, 2011, 7:07 am

Helle H (21)
Friday October 14, 2011, 12:28 pm

Elle B (81)
Friday October 14, 2011, 1:09 pm
Thank-you Cal.

"Oh, yes, I went to the white man's schools. I learned to read from schoolbooks,newspapers, and the Bible. But in time I found that these were not enough. Civilized people depend too much on man-made printed pages. I turn to the Great Spirit's book which is the whole of his creation. You can read a big part of that book if you study nature. You know, if you take all your books, lay them out under the sun, and let the snow and rain and insects work on them for a while, there will be nothing left. But the Great Spirit has provided you and me with an opportunity for study in nature's university, the forests, the rivers, the mountains, and THE ANIMALS WHICH INCLUDE US." ~ Tat‚nga M‚nÓ/Walking Buffalo, Óy‚rhe Nakodabi or Stoney-Nakoda, Bearspaw, March 20, 1871 - December 26, 1967

"Then Governor Stevens told the Indians that when the white man came here the rights of then would be protected. Then Chief Kamiaken (Yakima) said, 'I am afraid that the white men are not speaking straight; that their children will not do what is right by our children; that they will not do what you have promised for them.' ~1855, told by Chief Weninock, Yakima and recorded in about 1915.

"Sickness comes with you [the white man] and hundreds of us die. ...We worked in the wind - bare arms, bare legs, and never felt the cold. But now, when the wind blows down from the mountains it makes us cough. Yes - we know that when you come, we DIE." ~Chiparopai, Elder Yuma Woman

"Fortune lost, nothing lost; courage lost, much lost; honor lost, more lost; SOUL lost, all lost."††Dutch.

Jane H (139)
Friday October 14, 2011, 2:57 pm

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday October 14, 2011, 4:25 pm
Noted , thanks !

janet f (29)
Friday October 14, 2011, 5:13 pm
Wild horses are a part of North America's history. We need to stop this slaughter.

reft h (66)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 1:47 am
Noted. In Canada, wild horses are considered escaped domestic animals from farms and ranches, not wildlife, and so Govt is not considering protection under Canada's Species at Risk Act. The wild horse population is extremely vulnerable in Canada because of the small gene pool which is barely sufficient to ensure their future viability. Check out the website of the Friends of Nemaiah Valley for more info. I have been to the area, and it is remote and very beautiful, but under threat for mining and logging interests.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 7:01 am

We are living in a different age.

Now, all that is beautiful must die so our politicians and Wall Street bankers can spend the money on mansions, airplanes, vacations in a few secluded acres of paradise and cheap whores.,

The cheaper the whores, the better. Shouldn't they be grateful to yield service.

Stop the planet - I want off!!!

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 8:24 am
We can add wild horses to the list which includes seals that Canadians should care more about.

Shane C (3)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 9:33 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing.

Prithviraj T. (0)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 10:28 am
What is it with the white man that he suddenly has developed such an intense dislike of this animal that dragged him, kicking and screaming into the light' from the depths of the darkness that he was dwelling in? The sheer greed is of course well known. After all loyalty is the way of the loser. Prosperity is the new heights to which everyone has to aspire to, nowadays. Damn those cattle ranchers. May they and their cattle die a thousand deaths and descend into outer darkness forever more. Of course it's not the fault of the cattle, poor things. Their lives are hardly to be envied.

Carl Nielsen (7)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 3:53 pm
Given that all horses in the Ameriacan continents today are there becuse the species was introduced by man a few centuries ago, how can one then claim that they belong there as part of the natural environment?

If you want nature to be some sort of park for your recreation I guess you could have feral horses running around there, but if u want to preserve American nature as it has developed without interference you should remove the horses.

Wild horses belong in Asia and Europe.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 10:08 pm
Wild horses being killed, day-old seals being clubbed, adult seals slaughtered for "experiment" to see if they eat too many fish, polar bears being trapped and "jailed", the puppy mill capital of North America... sorry Canada, I must boycott you and your products.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 10:09 pm
Thank you for posting this - lovely photo as well.

Lori K (56)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 10:39 pm
Beautiful horses! They need to be saved.
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