Washington D.C. – The Bureau of Land Management has released their proposed 2018 budget, which a proposed $70.7 million for management of the Wild Horse and Burro program, a reduction of $10 million. Hidden in the proposed budget is a single sentence that could end the life of nearly 50,000 horses.
The proposed budget calls for a management plan “including humane euthanasia and unrestricted sale of certain excess animals.” The unrestricted sale of excess horses would most certainly mean they would be sold for slaughter. Whether the BLM is seeking funding to humanely euthanize the excess horses, or is simply planning on selling them to the highest bidder, remains to be seen. The budget also does not clarify if the BLM is seeking to eliminate all horses in long-term holding, or merely reduce the numbers.
The BLM manages over 48,000 wild horses in long-term holding facilities, and 58,000 horses and burros on the range.Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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