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Report: Government Revises Wild Horse Program
By: The Associated Press
November 11 2008, Article # 13066
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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs to consider euthanizing wild
horses or selling many of them to reduce spiraling costs of keeping them in
long-term holding pens, said a government report Monday.
The report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of
Congress, said costs of caring for wild horses have skyrocketed in recent
years and likely will account for 74% of the program's overall budget this
year, or more than $27 million.
Within its current budget, "BLM cannot afford to care for all the animals
off the range, while at the same time manage wild horse and burro
populations on the range," the report said.
Save us please!
These are the last of the wild and free.
The BLM determines how many wild horses can graze in various areas and
rounds up the excess number to protect the herd, the range and other
foraging animals. The horses are offered for adoption.
There are about 33,000 wild horses on the range in 10 Western states, half
of those in Nevada. The BLM has set a target "appropriate management level"
of horses at 27,000. About 30,000 more horses are in holding facilities.
I say give these horses away at no charge to people who want them!
Tom Gorey, a BLM spokesman in Washington, D.C., said the agency welcomed the
"The GAO report correctly depicts the difficult situation that the BLM finds
itself in with regard to maintaining un adopted or unsold animals in holding
facilities," Gorey said in a written statement.
We MUST STOP this slaughter!
In late June, BLM Deputy Director Henri Bisson said the agency would
consider euthanizing and selling horses to reduce costs.
Where have all the wild horses gone
Long time passing
Where have all our horses gone
A long long time ago
Where have the wild herds gone
Gone to slaughter every one
When will we ever learn
When will we ever learn?
The report noted the agency has authority to euthanize or sell large numbers
of horses without restrictions but has not done that because of fear of
outrage from the public or Congress.
~My Brothers - My Sisters~ on Experience Project....I am OUTRAGED,how about you?
Other options could be explored, the report said, including relocating
infertile herds to areas outside original boundaries set by the 1971 Wild
Horse and Burro Act, or giving tax breaks to large land owners willing to
care for large numbers of animals.
Some of those measures, however, are outside the agency's authority and
would require congressional approval.
The BLM has relied on adoption programs that require people who adopt the
animals not to sell them for slaughter. The agency also keeps older animals
or those deemed un adoptable in long-term facilities. Some live for 15 to 20
years in the pens.
Some advocates say horse populations are a result of years of mismanagement
by the BLM. They also say horses are given short shrift on public lands
because they compete with livestock for available forage.
What does it say for us as a country that we place so little value on life and freedom?
Advocates could not be reached for immediate comment on the lengthy report,
but they have said other alternatives need to be considered.
Who could kill such as this?
"There are better ways to deal with the problems BLM is facing," Lacy Dalton
president of the Let 'Em Run Foundation, said in July. Dalton says the
government should build sanctuaries and give tax breaks to ranchers who let
wild horses in their grazing areas.
I had the pleasure of meeting Lacy Dalton and buying her wonderful CD "Wild Horse Crossing".
Proceeds from the sale of this CD help the wild horses. There are some amazing songs you will love on it.
Please everyone contact her at Let 'Em Run Foundation.
Maybe we can save the wild horses!
"These horses are a beautiful symbol of this country, and I believe the public will not stand for their deaths. The public is willing to do what they can to prevent that," Dalton said.