The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
Last year, the BLM began to evaluate its holding facilities for wild horses and burros using standards set by its own Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP). The agency made these assessments public, exposing numerous animal welfare violations within the BLM’s holding facilities. These findings serve as evidence that these pens are unsuitable for our wild herds.
The BLM assessed 17 of its 28 holding facilities so far, and the reports reveal several concerning violations, such as:
- Insufficient access to hay and water
- Pens without salt or mineral blocks
- Lack of shade in outdoor pens
- Failure to comply with vaccination policies
- Poorly maintained facilities
- Inadequate record-keeping practices
- Failure to follow proper biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of contagious diseases, and more.
There are over 64,000 equines confined in these facilities across the country right now. This system is at a breaking point, which is why our team is fighting to end these removals and to shift to humane, in the wild management of our wild herds. Will you chip in to support our critical work?
Thousands of wild horses and burros are confined in these overburdened and unsafe facilities → and American taxpayers are footing the bill.
According to the BLM’s own estimates, it costs the American taxpayer up to $48,000 over the lifetime of a wild horse or burro to keep him or her in a government holding facility. This broken system is cruel and expensive, and it’s only getting worse as more and more wild horses and burros are piled into these facilities each year.
We know there’s a better way to manage wild horses and burros that keeps them OUT of these dangerous facilities and in the wild with their families where they belong. Can you chip in to support the AWHC’s work fighting for humane herd management?
Thanks for taking action for the voiceless.
— AWHC Team