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The "wild horses" of the American West are not native critters. They are the offspring of escapes and abandoned domestic horses, same as with the burros. To be blunt, those who want to "save" them are sentimentalists and not environmentalists.
I see no reason to protect them. You can argue that the same goes for cattle, but the plains historically had their own cattle: Bison by the millions.
I don't believe that cattle ranchers are preserving the habitat.
If anything, they're getting a free ride; just like Nestle gets free spring water in California. As time goes by, cattle ranching should be done much more regionally. It's time to get back to smaller communities; with farms. And as far as that goes, I think that in the future, Americans will eat less meat anyway. Vegetarian meat products are getting better every year; in thirty years they will probably be as good as steak.
And I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but I think we should eat those horses. I used to live in Japan, and had horse meat all the time. It's really delicious! Burros are good, too.
The Chinese call them "Golden Dragon Meat". I might even open a new restaraunt, I'll call it "High Ho Silver. Souffle!"
The irony is that horses evolved in the Americas. They only died out about 10 thousand years ago. Many native plants co-evolved with them. In fact there were apparently more than one species, including one much like today's surviving wild horse species. However I dont think there were members of the donkey side of the family here.