The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
September is World Animal Remembrance Month – a time dedicated to honoring the memory of animals who are no longer with us.
In that spirit, we here at the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) would like to commemorate all of the wild horses and burros who have lost their lives or their freedom this year in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inhumane helicopter roundups.
So far this year, thousands of wild horses and burros have been captured in BLM helicopter roundups and removed from their homes on the range, stripping them of their freedom, and cramming them into overcrowded holding facilities where they endure the biting cold and the searing heat with no shelter from the elements. Just this year, hundreds of mustangs have suffered severe injuries during these brutal operations, and so far 41 have tragically lost their lives, including more than a dozen young foals.
As if that’s not bad enough, our investigation team has also unveiled that since 2020, we have documented more than 1,700 wild horses and burros in kill pens, confirming hundreds were adopted through the BLM’s disastrous Adoption Incentive Program (AIP). While the AIP, which pays adopters $1,000 per adopted BLM horse or burro, is meant to give these animals a permanent home, the sad reality is that the program is being abused by individuals scheming to defraud taxpayers at the expense of these magnificent animals.
Wild horses and burros don’t deserve to endure the mistreatment and abuse they suffer thanks to the BLM’s cruel mismanagement. That’s why our mission at AWHC is to keep them in the wild where they can live safely and freely – where they belong. We fight everyday towards that goal, but we need you in this fight with us.