Ford, longtime maker of Mustang sports cars, has taken an interest in another kind of mustang: the wild ones. The company raised more than $200,000 to help save wild horses from the slaughterhouse, where many of them could end up as a result of federal policies. The money will go to animal rescue groups to buy the horses and provide for their long-term care. Though wild horses have long been a symbol of the rugged, independent spirit of the American West, the symbol is relatively hollow. Herds of the horses, which roam on BLM lands across the West, are actively managed by federal agencies. Each year, the BLM rounds up the horses to control their numbers, taking many away for sale or adoption. Some end up in the slaugherhouse, sent abroad as meat.
Ford's contributions will go to a BLM fund that will distribute the money to organizations that agree to care for the horses. Donations can be made online at www.savethemustangs.org. For more information on adopting a formerly wild horse or burro, visit the BLM's wild horse web site.
The numbers of wild horses have been slashed from more than two million a century ago to only around 25,000 today.