Government Caught Illegally Selling Wild Horses to Slaughter as Agency Launches Massive Roundup Campaign
National Coalition Calls for Emergency Halt to all Mustang Removals and Sales
The tentative fall/winter roundup schedule reveals that BLM is targeting 3,400 wild horses for roundup and removal from the range.
By Dave Philipps, Special to ProPublica
The Bureau of Land Management faced a crisis this spring.
The agency protects and manages herds of wild horses that still roam the American West, rounding up thousands of them each year to keep populations stable.
Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), The Annenberg Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Wild Horse Symposium was held in Jackson Hole, WY on August 28, 2012. Leading researchers, field workers and others presented the most up-to-date scientific, regulatory, and practical developments in the use of reversible contraceptives to manage wild horse and burro populations during the day-long meeting. Below are some highlights from the Symposium:
The BLM’s Cibola-Trigo burro roundup in southwestern Arizona began at 7:30 a.m. on June 6,2012. On the first day, the BLM captured 62 burros in 4 helicopter runs. Included were a number of foals. On day 2, the BLM captured 12 additional burros before calling the roundup in the late morning. Day 3: BLM reporting the capture 36 additional burros for a total of 110 burros captured as of 6/8/12.
By 88.9 KNPR
This week a federal judge in Nevada will hear arguments regarding the Bureau of Land Management's roundups of wild Mustangs.
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign has issued the following statement in response to the release of a Department of Interior Office of Inspector General Report on the Wild Horse and Burro Management Program:
By David Kihara, The Las Vegas Sun
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., a well-known defender of wild horses in Nevada and the West, has been accused of supporting changes to long-standing protections for the horses -- changes that have led at least 41 wild horses to the slaughterhouse.