Horse Slaughter

ACTION ALERT: Please Comment by March 17 to Save the Wild Horses and Burros of Warm Springs in Oregon

by Carol Walker Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

We won our lawsuit to prevent the gruesome sterilization experiments that the BLM proposed conducting on 100 mares from the Warm Springs HMA, which is almost 500,000 acres.  I, American Wild Horse Campaign, the Cloud Foundation and Animal Welfare Institute blocked the study by our lawsuit.  The BLM dropped the experiments from their plan for the HMA, and now they have decided to release a devastatingly small number of wild horses and no burros back into the Herd Management Area despite having removed almost 100% of the wild horses and burros during the roundup in 2018: The helicopter roundup removed 846 wild horses and 41 burros. These wild horses and burros are currently being held at the BLM Burns Corrals in Hines, Oregon.  They plan to release only 66 wild horses and zero burros.  This would leave 1 horse per 5000 acres and 1 burro per 17,000 acres!  This is a plan for extinction, and cannot be allowed to happen.

This devastating plan will leave far less then the number of 150-200 wild horses needed to maintain genetic viability and a healthy, viable population.  They estimate that there are 30 burros left but this is an extremely small number, and is the number of all the wild burros left in the state.  The BLM needs to revise the Appropriate Management Level of this HMA to allow at least 150 – 300 wild horses and to allow at least 75 – 150 burros.

If the BLM has any new plans to manage the wild horses and burros here they must legally a separate environmental analysis including a public comment opportunity.

The wild horses and burros currently at the corrals face a very uncertain fate.  The BLM will say “we are preparing them all for adoption.”  This is simply not true.  The youngest of the wild horses can be adopted but any wild horse 5 years old or older will be shipped to private “Off-Range Corrals” and “Off-Range Pastures” where the public will not be allowed to see or adopt these horses unless they want to purchase the  horses older than 10 years old by the truckload at $10 a head.  These “bargain” horses will most likely end up at slaughter.

Tell the BLM that you want at least 150-300 of the wild horses and all 41 of the burros to be released back into their homes where they belong, where they are safe and free, and where they belong.

Here is the link to the documents:

Warm Springs BLM Documents Online

The BLM is NOT allowing comments to be submitted by email or by mail.

Please submit your comments directly to the BLM by March 17th by going to this online form:

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/comments/commentSubmission.do?commentPeriodId=74826

15 replies »

  1. The BLM makes it difficult to submit your argument, but it can be done. Don’t let them scare with information overload. Just do it.

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    • I only put my comment in the box & didnt fill in the other blanks – it already had the Warm Springs HMA info at the top.

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    • Just fill in your comments in the box – the info marking it for Warm Springs is already there. That is all you need to do.

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  2. I only put the comment in the box – didnt fill out the blanks above – it already had the Warm Springs HMA info at the top
    Said it was submitted.

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  3. And I was incorrect – you can comment by mail – you can send your comments via USPS to:
    Burns District Office
    28910 hwy 20 Hines Oregon 97738
    they must be postmarked by March 17

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  4. Blm
    Please stop killing our Wild Horses and Burro’s
    They deserve to be free and help control many areas where there is overgrowth.

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  5. Let Oregon Senators and BLM know that the American Public wants its Wild Horses & Burros in the Wild and on Public Lands
    They should never have been removed in the first place. They have been put through enough Hell.

    BLM Wild Mustang Release- Oregon

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