Apparently emboldened by the Interior Department’s lethal plan to kill tens of thousands of federally-protected wild horses and burros despite the lack of Congressional authorization to do so, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is galloping ahead with plans to remove nearly 10,000 wild horses from their homes on the range in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, and Colorado in the coming months.
Despite lack of Congressional authorization to do so, the Bureau of Land Management is galloping ahead with plans to remove nearly 10,000 wild horses from their homes on the range in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, and Colorado.
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In all cases, the BLM is mum on the impacts of this unprecedented roundup activity on the thousands of wild horses who will be captured and removed from public lands. These horses are in grave danger of being killed or sold for slaughter if Congress grants the BLM’s request to lift the current prohibition on destroying healthy wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter.
A provision that would allow this practice passed out of the House Appropriations Committee in July and is awaiting action in the Senate.
While several roundups are planned, including the largest roundup of wild horses in recent history, the first such event will begin on August 11 in the BLMs Bible Springs Complex, outside Cedar City, UT, where 100 horses are slated to be removed. If Congress were to grant BLM authority to destroy “excess” horses, most of these animals would be brutally slaughtered.
Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, Simone Netherlands, the AWHC’s national spokesperson and president of AWHC coalition partner the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, will be on hand at the Bible Springs roundup and available for comment on August 15 and 16.
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