The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
This summer, we’ve been keeping you up to date with the latest information regarding our cherished wild horses and burros and the brutal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) helicopter removals many have endured. While the final August roundup in the Frisco Herd Management Area (HMA) in Utah will soon come to a close, the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service are planning to start three more roundups in less than 10 days (!!)
Wild horses and burros have been under immense pressure from the BLM’s relentless roundups – and to hold the BLM accountable for this mismanagement and abuse, we’ve had AWHC observers at nearly every operation to document the terror and danger these innocent animals are facing. According to our records, at least 65 wild mustangs and burros have been killed in BLM helicopter roundups in just two recent roundups, including at least 15 young foals.
Now, in less than 10 days time, the BLM and the Forest Service are planning to launch three new helicopter capture operations in the South Steens HMA in Oregon, the Calico Complex in Nevada, and the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in California.
The BLM is planning to remove over 1,400 horses from the Calico Complex alone.
That means more foals could perish. Terrified stallions could be severely injured trying to escape the traps. More horses and burros could be exposed to dangerous infectious diseases from being crammed into overcrowded holding facilities after their capture.
These beloved animals deserve better than this, Meredith. They deserve to live free in the wild where they belong. That’s why we work day in and day out to fight for wild horses and burros across the West. But we need your help to keep going.
Your support is what allows us to fight back in every way possible to protect the rights and lives of these precious animals. Can you make a donation right now to help us continue our fight in the field, in the courts, and on Capitol Hill to protect wild horses and burros, Meredith?
Thank you for standing with us in this fight,
— American Wild Horse Campaign