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In their own words: opposing views of wild horse roundups

Singer-songwriter Carole King, left, and Joan Guilfoyle, head of the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program, have opposing views of the wild horse roundups.

The Bureau of Land Management's roundups of wild horses and burros fire strong emotions on both sides of the issue. Here, in their own words, BLM Program Chief Joan Guilfoyle and singer-songwriter Carole King, a wild horse advocate, present their views: 

The head of the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program defends the "gathers" of wild horses and burros: "We will always have wild horses," she says.

Guilfoyle: 'We have too many of them out there'

As the head of the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program since August 2011, Guilfoyle is responsible for overseeing the government's helicopter roundups and the holding facilities for wild horses and burros.

Guilfoyle is an avid outdoorswoman who came to her job after holding other prominent positions with the BLM, National  Park Service and USDA Forest Service. She holds a bachelor's degree in zoology/ecology and a master's degree in environmental learning and leadership.

More information from roundup supporters:

Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program

National Cattlemen's Beef Association

The Wildlife Society


Singer-songwriter says she has three primary objections to the roundups: "They're cruel and inhumane ... they break up families ... they cost taxpayers millions and millions of dollars."

King: 'Leave them where they are'

King is not only famous for being one of America's great pop singers and songwriters, she's also an environmentalist who advocates for greater protection of wild horses.  

King supports the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, has worked with the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and has testified before Congress on environmental issues.  She lives on a ranch in Idaho near one of the government's wild horse herd management areas.

More information from roundup critics:

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Wild Horse Education

The Cloud Foundation

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