The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
Last year, we uncovered that hundreds of wild horses and burros were sent into the slaughter pipeline as a result of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Adoption Incentive Program (AIP).
After our work led to a New York Times front-page report exposing the program for its devastating failure to protect America’s wild herds, members of the public, wild horse advocates, and Congress stepped up to call for the suspension of the AIP and for large-scale, meaningful changes to the program.
Earlier this week, the BLM announced a new set of reforms to the AIP, let me be clear: These reforms do not go far enough.
Despite the recommendation from its own advisory board, the BLM failed to eliminate the cash incentive feature of the program — a critical reason why so many wild horses and burros are ending up in kill pens across the country.
Our fight against the AIP continues on until the cash incentive payments stop. We’re fighting back in court, in the field, and on the Hill to put an end to this failed program as we know it. Can you chip in now to fuel our fight against the Adoption Incentive Program?
Meredith: In the last 15 months, our team has identified over 500 wild horses and burros in kill pens — many of these innocent animals we’ve confirmed to be victims of the AIP.
The cash incentive payments are a critical flaw of the AIP — with the new changes the BLM announced, adopters are now receiving lump-sum payments of $1,000 per animal at the end of 12-months, and are still able to adopt up to 4 animals per year. This means that once adopters collect their money, they still have the ability to dump these innocent animals in kill pens like trash.
We’re fighting back every way that we can. We intend to move forward with our lawsuit and we are expanding our investigative work. Can you make a donation of whatever you can afford to fuel our fight against the AIP?
Thank you for your support,
American Wild Horse Campaign