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BLM to Change how it Handles Wild Horses

We still have a long way to go, but the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is encouraged by the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement that it is accelerating the implementation of long sought-after reforms to how the agency manages America’s wild horses and burros.

Following reprimand by the U.S. House of Representatives in the form of a $2 million cut to its budget, the BLM has outlined extensive changes to its wild horse program, including reducing the number of wild horses removed from the range for at least the next two years, increasing adoptions, significantly expanding the use of fertility control to maintain herd levels, and improving its care and handling procedures to enhance the humane treatment of the animals.

On the topic of fertility (most of you know I just wrote about feral cats and birth control), I was concerned about the safety measures this poses for wild horses. According to the BLM, they propose to significantly increase the number of mares treated with fertility control’s from 500 in 2009 to a target of 2,000 in each of the next 2 years, pending sufficient budget allocations. The BLM’s ultimate goal is to make various fertility control measures the primary means to maintain healthy population levels. They will work closely with the Humane Society of the United States to implement and monitor this expanded effort.

Your Voice is Heard
“The BLM’s announcement is a result of intense public outcry to save America’s wild horses,” said Matt Bershadker, senior vice president of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty. “The ASPCA will be watching closely to ensure the BLM lives up to its new promises.”

Bershadker added, “The ASPCA reminds the American public that more than 15,000 wild horses and burros are still slated for round-up over the next two years, adding to the tens of thousands of wild horses currently languishing in long-term holding pens. However, we are encouraged that the BLM is taking the necessary steps to correct its inhumane and fiscally irresponsible policies before these iconic horses are completely eradicated, and we look forward to greater transparency in all aspects of the BLM’s wild horse program.”

Late last year, the ASPCA filed suit in New York against U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to challenge the BLM’s illegal roundup of the Piceance-North Douglas Herd in Colorado. The BLM continues to violate the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, which was passed to protect wild horses and burros from capture and preserve the land used by them. More than 19 million acres originally designated for wild horse use have slowly been whittled away for cattle grazing, making them both the victim and target for removal. The use of helicopters to run the terrified horses over miles of rangeland has resulted in serious injuries and several horse deaths.

For more information on the BLM’s mismanagement of America’s wild horses, please contact your U.S. senators and urge them to support U.S. Representative Dan Burton’s amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill. Click here to help.

18 comments to BLM to Change how it Handles Wild Horses

  • LittleStar

    The Best way to correct a previous Wrongdoing is to NEVER do it again

  • LittleStar

    Wait…After reading the petition…I am afraid to sign it. I can see, very easily, how a person could misinterpret the writ to mean cutting costs for holding the Wild Horses…to culling their number to cut that cost out.
    It is badly stated, leaving interpretive loopholes…I can’t sign.

  • Thanks Little Star!–Michele

  • june bullied

    leave the poor horses alone. let them graze and roam free.

  • Larry D. Grazier

    Saving only a few horses is better than none at all but I’m a hard head, I WANT TO SAVE THEM ALL. When these people see wild horses they see dollars sign’s not care, love or peaceful living for the horses. The stronger we are together as Horse lovers the better the chances they have to live a full life in peace.
    Larry “Indian Boy” Grazier


    Thank you so much for the information as well as the education. I wished I lived in america to help more but I do not. God bless and I will keep you in my prays.

  • Henriette Matthijssen

    Live & let live! Stop removing the wild horses & buro’s from their natural habitat in support of greedy ranchers. These have a right to be free & not locked in holding pens at tax payers expense! Stop your evil doing to innocent animals. Thank you.

  • It’s nice to see that we’re making some progress, but it still makes my heart hurt to read that tens of thousands of wild horses are in holding pens. I really hope this is just the beginning of the reforms.

  • Maja Dutrieux

    I would like to thank the organisation ASPCA for the good work they have achieved so far.
    With a lot of help from others we can make sure that in the future still remain wild horses.
    Regards Maja

  • Sarah Vermeulen

    Nothing can be better as this wonderful News about Wild Horses ! Thanks! to All people who signed and shared all about Wild Horses.I am so Happy for that. Have a nice day to you Michele !! Hugs and loves !


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  • Thanks Sarah! We still have a way to go, but this is a start. –Michele

  • John

    Oversight of wilf horses should be removed from BLM.
    Native American tribes would be an excellent choice to manage the herds with the respect they are due.

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  • Liz

    You can also read more about this announcement at http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2011/02/wild-horse-progress.html, on the blog of the Humane Society of the United States’ president and CEO.

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  • Eileen Paramore

    BLM, I always like to give opposing agency’s a fair right to hear their arguments! I have e-maile BLM several times ,but never gor an answer. And to let u knoe, didnt use any kind of harsh, or nothing like it in previous msgs. But with pics and videos that i have watched, u seriously have emplyees that dont care, and treat these noble animals very cruel cruely. Videos and pics speak a thousand truths, but a mouth can speak a thousand lies. I think they need superior security who’s jobs are to secure the welfair an confortability for these magnificant animals. Another problem i have with this whole operation is that you are removing the horses and burro’s claiming they are starvin. #1..The horses rounded up look very healthy and lets not 4get how long the have been hear not destroying the environment and the species that depend on this environment. There is not enough food, but there is the cattle and other live stock taking the horses and burros place. Well, my ? is why enough for these livestock but not for the horses. I won’t even write about the oil rigs or the mining. I dont have to tell u that becauise you know. Another ? How could you put a price on our national symbols? These are beautifll, proud, and noble animals! And we need to lighten up on the birthcontrl. I’s not saying it isnt a bad idea, biut not every mare you get a hold of, That would wipe out the horses and burro’s for good. Use the older mares that may have trouble. And please consider letting the horses that are in captivity go. It’s just not fair to be seperated from their own families when sciece has already proven that a herd is a family and dragging them apary is like driving our own families apart and the pain we will feel for the loss. Just imagine it happening to you! Than think about the horses felling that pain. Please do the right thing and start protecting our historical treasures. They are a wonderfull specir=es that did for man whatever was asked of him. Face it, we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are tody with out them. Abd this is how we repay them. Just wrong! Blm, i hope just maybe you will wake up and see that what is happening would have a devastating effect on our environmet, and wildlife with horses and burros include. Thankyou so much for taking the time to read this letter! I really do appreciate it!

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