The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet from June 28 – June 30 to discuss wild horse and burro management, and we need your help to stand up for our cherished wild herds ahead of this meeting. Will you submit public comments to the Advisory Board demanding the BLM implement key reforms to ensure the protection of wild horses and burros?
This citizen Advisory Board is supposed to represent broad stakeholder interests, but its membership, appointed by the BLM, is heavily weighted in favor of livestock interests and pro-slaughter advocates. One of the current board members is even on record as previously stating that wild horses could be a “protein source!” With individuals like this sitting on the Board, it’s vital that we raise our voices as loud as possible in support of protections for our wild herds.
Thankfully, the Advisory Board is currently accepting comments from the public, so we have an opportunity to speak out against the BLM’s flawed management approach and demand key reforms, including:
- Ending the cash incentives as part of the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program (AIP), which an investigation by AWHC and our rescue partners revealed as a pipeline to slaughter for untold numbers of mustangs and burros;
- Investing in and increasing collaboration with wild horse nonprofits to implement humane fertility control programs in herds across the West;
- Mandating cameras be installed on helicopters used during roundups to ensure transparency and accountability for the BLM’s contractors;
- And more.
So, will you join us in standing up on behalf of our beloved wild horses and burros by submitting public comments to the BLM Advisory Board calling for the termination of the AIP as we know it and a shift towards humane, in-the-wild management?