BLM to Kill 44,000 Wild Horses

Wild Horses
Wild Horses (source: blm.gov)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Advisory Board has voted a recommendation to euthanize the wild horses and donkey held in short and long-term holding facilities.  Between 44,000 and 45,000 animals are currently held in short and long-term holding facilities, with a cost of over $49 million last year alone.  No particulars were decided on methodology or time frame for the destruction of the captive animals.

The Advisory Board made their recommendation nearly unanimously.  Ginger Kathrens, founder of The Cloud Foundation, was the sole dissenting vote.

The Humane Society of the United States released a statement which read, in part “The decision of the BLM advisory board to recommend the destruction of the 45,000 wild horses currently in holding facilities is a complete abdication of responsibility for their care. The agency would not be in this situation but for their long-term mis-management. Alternatives to this proposal have been ignored for over 20 years. The HSUS stands ready to implement these alternatives at any time.”

The vote to euthanize the horses held in long-term holding comes on the heel of BLM announcing their plans to experiment on mare spaying were canceled due to public outcry and multiple lawsuits being filed.  With public outcry at every turn, and the wants of the cattle industry for less competition for forage, the BLM finds itself struggling to make decisions and stick with them.

Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773

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