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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently confirmed its newest Director, Tracy Stone-Manning. We welcome Director Stone-Manning, as she comes in at a pivotal moment for the BLM.
With the New York Times report earlier this year, fueled by research conducted by AWHC, we revealed the wild horse-to-slaughter pipeline that has come to exist as a result of the BLM’s failed Adoption Incentive Program (AIP). Since the report, members of the public and Congress have called for reforms and an end to the program.
Today, we’re taking things a step further. With new leadership, the BLM has the opportunity to reform the programs that have failed America’s wild horses and burros for the last fifty years.
We welcome Director Stone-Manning, but we also call for necessary reforms to the BLM’s mismanaged Wild Horse & Burro Program. Join us in calling for these important reforms to protect wild horses and burros. >>
Right now, thousands of wild horses are being rounded up across 3.4 million acres of land in Wyoming. And for Fiscal Year 2022, the House and Senate appropriations committees gave the BLM a budget increase towards their helicopter roundup programs. Change for America’s wild horses and burros is dire and needed now.
We’re calling on Director Stone-Manning to:
- Put an end to the cash-incentive Adoption Incentive Program that’s sending truckloads of wild horses and burros into the slaughter pipeline.
- Redirect resources away from inhumane and costly roundups toward scientific, on-range management with fertility control vaccines that allow horses to stay in the wild where they belong.
- Address the bias in resource allocation for commercial livestock grazing within wild horse and burro habitats.
- Bring accountability and compliance to roundups by requiring cameras on helicopters, traps, and holding pens during roundups.
- Provide meaningful public observation of roundup operations.
- Strengthen the agency’s Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program guidelines and make them enforceable.
Thank you for your continued support of wild horses and burros.
American Wild Horse Campaign