I’ve been getting a lot of emails this week from organizations who are trying to save America’s wild horses. In case you aren’t aware, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it intends to euthanize thousands of healthy wild horses because it is too costly to feed and care for them.
As part of its wild horse management program, for the past few years, the BLM has been rounding up wild horses and keeping them in private, long-term holding facilities. Now, they have decided that it’s too expensive. Groups like the ASPCA are suggesting that they reopen additional land for horses and increase the contraception programs that have been proven to be safe and effective.
The Cloud Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving wild horses on public lands including the Pryor Mountain herd in Montana, issued an urgent statement. They say that since 2000, the BLM has conducted massive round-ups, removing over 75,000 wild horses from the range, bringing the wild mustang population to the brink of extinction. They believe that there are few wild horse herds large enough to maintain their long-term viability.
In the past years, when the BLM requested “kill authority”, Congress placed protective language in each Appropriations Bill, preventing them from massively killing off wild horses. Unfortunately, in late 2006, U.S. Senator Conrad Burns of Montana slipped in a rider that took out the protective wording. The U.S. House of Representatives quickly passed a bill HR 249, to reinstate the protections in the Wild Horse and Burro Act. The bill stalled in the Senate in 2007, and has not passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Now, the BLM announced that they will decide whether they will begin killing the wild horses in September.
To learn more, go to:
Return to Freedom Sanctuary
The Cloud Foundation
To speak out:
Call the BLM at 1-800-710-7597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to the ASPCA website and download a letter to your Congress person: