Letter From America

The US is slowly slaughtering the wild icons of the American West

Rather than being brutally culled or shipped to slaughterhouses, America’s magnificent mustangs could become educational resources and tourist attractions

Wild mustangs. ‘Viewing these magnificent creatures, untouched and untamed by human hands, was a uniquely thrilling experience. You can see why Native American tribes regarded them as sacred’

In 1950, Velma Johnston was on her way to work as a secretary at an insurance company in Reno, Nevada when her route got blocked by a livestock truck. She noticed it was leaking blood and followed it to its destination, a slaughterhouse outside Reno. She watched in horror as injured and dying mustangs were hauled from the truck and sold to the slaughterhouse owner.

During the mid-20th century, the US government had allowed, even ...