Free Spirit Sanctuary Looking to Expand Property and Save Wild Horses From Cull

grey stallionDr. 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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5 comments

  1. It is so sad that our government seems to think (1) that these horses only belong to Alberta, when I believe that they are part of Canada’s heritage and (2) see them as a nuisance instead of what they are…part of America’s heritage. The beef industry has way too much clout…don’t they think that cattle damage the land, and let’s be honest….with all the land available in Alberta, the small area these horses use is minuscule. Shame, shame on the Albertan government and the Federal government for not stepping in. Sometimes I am ashamed to be called a Canadian!!

  2. Barbara Griffith · ·

    The claim that the horses are damaging the land is identical to what the US BLM claims about the few wild horses left in the Western states. But as soon as the horses are removed and put into long term holding the area where the horses were removed is covered with sheep and cattle. The horses are 100 % blamed for any damage to public land when in reality its the cows and sheep that are destroying it.

  3. M. Anderson · ·

    Jason Bradley has just been reported as setting up 2 more traps and has goons guarding the roads in. Perhaps if Sandie Hucal hadn’t offered to buy this particular herd at any price, Bradley would have given up by now and left them alone. I get that Hucal’s offer came from a good place, but it also gave Bradley incentive to make a lot more money than he could have if there hadn’t been a sitting offer there.

  4. LINDA BADHAM · ·

    WHEN THERE IS AN ANGEL WHO WANTS TO SAVE THE BEAUTIFUL HORSES, THEN SHE SHOULD BE GIVEN THE OPTION TO . HOW IN GODS NAME CAN SHE BE STOPPED FROM RESCUING THEM WHEN WHAT SHES DOING IS RIGHT AND KILLING THEM IS WRONG ?? THE WORLD FOR ANIMALS AT PRESENT IS HELL ON EARTH AND TOO MUCH EVIL AND CRUELTY IS HAPPENING TO THEM BY THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THEM AT ALL AND SEE THEM AS NOTHING !! GOOD MUST OVERIDE BAD AND I PRAY FOR THE GOOD FOR THESE HORSES AND ALL ANIMALS THAT ARE SUFFERING THROUGH THE IGNORANT GREEDY UNCARING HUMANS !! SHAME ON THEM ALL AND AS YOU SOW YOU WILL REAP . EVOLVE PEOPLE !!

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