The government would put out that statement if they thought you would believe it. Our government lies about so many things and one of the reasons is they know the majority of its citizens just don’t care about anything unless it directly affects them today, right now other than that it is someone else’s problem.
This is all about lies they tell to cover up why they are so concerned with wild horses. If you follow the money, you end up in the Cattle Ranchers backyard. Cattle ranchers want the wild horses and burros gone. THE ONLY REASON THEY WANT THEM GONE IS that the wild horses and burros eat the grass the cattle ranchers want as food for their beef cattle raised for slaughter to sell as “beef”.
When the wild horses eat the wild grass it cuts into their profits and the government protects the cattle ranchers because they generate money and wild horses are just wild horses and they don’t generate money. Our government sees anything that generates money as a top priority and anything that doesn’t well then we need to get rid of it, hence the roundups, hence the lies that the horses are hurting the environment plus every other lie imaginable to cover up why they are torturing the wild horses. They would even say Wild horses have been mating with aliens from outer space if they thought people would believe it.