by Carol Walker as published on Wild Hoofbeats
The Bureau of Land Management Just Released its Annihilation Plan to Destroy America’s Wild Horses and Burros
The BLM delivered its 2020 Report to Congress and this plan will cost the American taxpayer one billion dollars to remove 220,000 wild horses and burros from our public lands and place them in government holding facilities. Now the BLM is waiting 60 days before it receives the $21 million dollars that Congress allocated this year to begin this annihilation plan.
Over the next 20 years, the BLM plans to conduct massive roundups and removals of wild horses all over the 10 western states that they call home. The goal of the BLM is to reach their Appropriate Management Level (AML ) of 27,000 wild horses and burros on over 26.9 million acres of public lands. This is not a scientifically set limit, this is an arbitrary number that the BLM set for the total population of wild horses and burros it would allow on public lands. If you calculate this out that means only one wild horse and burro per 1000 acres will be allowed, and this is on the lands that wild horses and burros are mandated to be managed. The plan calls for removing 18,000 to 20,000 wild horses and burros each year in order to reach this goal. The planned removals could start as early as the end of July 2020 with the removal of 10,000 wild horses and burros this year.
Here is the report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_zJ1Abk44QYntQVpm6fzp3vX2n1WdZ6p/view
As of April, 2020 (BLM’s Facilities Report) there are over 48,025 wild horses and burros in holding facilities which range from short term holding corrals to long term holding feedlots or pastures. The BLM does not have enough room to house the incoming wild horses and burros so it is working on securing more holding facilities like this proposed feedlot which would hold 5000 wild horses in Laramie county, Wyoming: https://americanwildhorsecampaign.org/media/predatory-businessman-proposes-feedlot-5k-mustangs
In this plan, the BLM states that there is no guarantee whether or not there will be enough facilities to house this massive increase in captive wild horses and burros and it fails to disclose exactly what the total costs will be to the American taxpayer for warehousing and holding an additional 220,000 wild horses and burros. They have a proposed 50% budget increase each year for having to house this many wild horses and burros:
Year 1 $117 million; Year 2 $149 million; Year 3 $185 million; Year 4 $212 million; Year 5 238 million; Year 18 $360 million
Obviously this is incredibly large amount of money that will be dedicated to warehousing wild horses and burros who would be so much better off in the wild in their homes on our public lands. Obviously this cost is ridiculously unsustainable. And horribly, inevitably, this leads to the BLM’s ultimate solution – get their prohibition against euthanizing healthy wild horses and burros lifted since the financial burden is too onerous so they can destroy all the wild horses and burros in government holding facilities. In other words, so they can slaughter 268,025 wild horses and burros.
And what of the wild horses and burros lucky enough to be among the 27,000 allowed to live in their federally designated homes on public lands? The BLM proposes to use instead of humane, reversible birth control, to use dangerous, unproven drugs, gelding of stallions and cruel and dangerous ovariectomies of wild mares. There is no concern on the BLM’s part as to how these drugs and sterilizations will affect the natural wild behaviors of the wild horses and burros that make them unique, wild and free.
Overwhelmingly, American taxpayers want to see our wild horses and burros remain free and humanely managed on our public lands. The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was enacted to preserve and protect wild horses and burros and this plan violates both the spirit and the letter of the Act, and must not be allowed to stand as the new management guidelines for our wild horses and burros.
Congress must not be allowed to continue to approve appropriations for this disastrous plan. What can you do to help? Contact your Senators and Representatives.