BLM Plan to Eradicate Wild Horses and Burros

For decades Bureau of Land Management bureaucrats have persisted in attempts to evict wild horses and burros from public land despite a federal law that protects them.  Last week, The Cloud Foundation non-profit organization published documents that the BLM prepared last year detailing a grisly plan to euthanize and dispose of tens of thousands of “unwanted” horses and burros.

The plan, entitled “Alternative Management Options,” is particularly chilling in the callous way it describes the “problem” of unwanted horses and burros; as a product, more or less, “for which an adoption or sale demand does not exist.”  In other words, the BLM has an “overstock” of wild horses and burros that needs to be cleared out.  There is likely to be a public outcry, the agency understands, and a problem finding veterinarians and workers to carry out the “cleansing” operation, but all that seems to be viewed as a necessary evil; the only difficulty one of management, that simply needs the right approach to be resolved.

So they won’t do the deed all at once, because that would raise too many alarms, but “over time” and “across the entire program” and hope that people won’t notice that our government is systematically “managing” to kill tens of thousands of healthy horses and burros.

What is there is no “problem” of “too many horses?”  What is the only problem is the mis-allocation of public resources from things that enhance life to things that destroy life?  What if this is compounded by the mis-allocation of private resources from things that make our lives better, such as tending animals, to things that distract us from our lives, such as the purchase of consumer electronics, consumption of junk food and attendance at time-wasting “entertainment?”  What if  the “really, real” problem is a problem of priorities that could be easily solved by reallocating resources to things that make our lives better, including providing support to innocent beings that have done no wrong to humans.

Write your representative in Congress by going to this webpage and entering your zip code at “My Elected Officials,” and send a message to President Obama at the White House.  Tell our elected officials that we want the BLM to give up the vendetta, and leave the wild horses and burros to live in peace on the federal land that is theirs by right and by law.

2 Responses to “BLM Plan to Eradicate Wild Horses and Burros”
  1. Restore Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act, sponsored by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall for a vote tomorrow Contact your represenatative ASAP!!

    FRIDAY, July 24, 2009


    Bureau of Land Management on Rampage to Destroy Famous Wild Horse Herd
    For Immediate Release August 10, 2009

    Cloud and the wild horses of Montana’s PryorMountains are world famous but fame it appears is not going to protect the herd from a drastic government round up planned to begin September 1st in their spectacular wilderness home.

    There are currently only 190 wild horses (one year and older) living in the PryorMountains. The BLM plans to remove 70 of them, plus foals. According to the foremost equine geneticist, Dr. Gus Cothran, 150-200 adult horses are needed in the herd to ensure their genetic diversity, which is vital to their long term survival.

    These 70 horses would be placed in jeopardy. Any horses over 10 years of age can be bought directly by killer buyers and transported over the Northern border to Canadian slaughterhouses or south into Mexico. Younger horses not adopted would be put into government holding with 33,000 others that the BLM has removed from the wild and has proposed killing because they can no longer afford to feed them.

    BLM cites poor range condition as the reason to remove the horses but abundant snow and rain for the past two and a half years has produced wonderful range conditions according to all who have visited Cloud and his herd. The Agency is not listening to anyone. They want this herd gutted. Nearly all the mares returned to the range would be given an experimental two-year infertility drug, PZP-22.

    This helicopter round up is just one among many that the BLM is trying to complete, perhaps before the Obama Administration can catch up with what is going on.

    The PryorMountain wild horses are descendants of the Lewis and Clark horses who were stolen by the Crow Indians in the early 1800’s. They can be traced further back to the horses brought over with the Spanish Conquistadors in 1500 making them one of the most Spanish of all wild horse herds in North America.

    Please contact The Cloud Foundation for more information,, 719-633-3842

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