Dr. Sandie Hucal, who runs Free Spirit Sanctuary northwest of Cochrane, said she’s looking to expand the operation, which is already at capacity, by leasing at least 30 additional hectares in the western foothills.
“What we would like to see is to have the ones who are being captured this year be placed in a sanctuary rather than being sent for slaughter,” she said.
“I would love to help as many of them as I can.”
The province’s decision to issue a licence to allow for the capture of up to 196 feral horses by the end of March in the foothills from Kananaskis Country to Sundre has reignited the debate around what to do about the wild animals.
Alberta Environment said it issued the permit after an aerial survey indicated the animals’ numbers have grown by around 200, and they are eating grass and damaging the land.
But some advocates worry many of the horses are destined for the slaughterhouses and have been protesting the roundup.
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