The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently unveiled its Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 roundup and removal schedule, and unfortunately, the agency is targeting even more horses and burros than it did last year.
The BLM announced that it’s planning to round up 8,896 wild horses and burros in total and permanently remove 8,236 of them from their homes in FY24 – a significant increase from the FY 2023 roundups. Nevada will again be hit the hardest with a staggering 5,862 wild horses and burros slated for removal.
To make matters worse, the agency is planning to use helicopters for all but two of these roundups. These operations often leave horses and burros traumatized, cause severe injuries, and can even result in the deaths of these innocent animals. That’s why we send observers to every roundup possible to document any abuses they see.
But we’ve seen year after year that the BLM and its contractors are placing our observers farther and farther from the trap sites, making it nearly impossible for them to see the operation and assess the treatment and conditions of the horses and burros. For example, during the ongoing roundup in the Calico Complex,our observers have been kept up to two miles away from the trap site, and even then, our view is often obstructed by the contractors.
That’s why we’re renewing our calls for the BLM to place cameras on all helicopters and wranglers. We’re also urging them to make those recordings publicly available to allow for increased transparency and accountability within the BLM’s roundup and removal Program. Will you take thirty seconds to join us in making these demands by sending a letter to the BLM today?
This unscientific and inhumane policy of mass roundups as a “management” tactic for our nation’s iconic, federally protected wild horse and burro populations is not only unsustainable – it’s cruel.
We’re fighting to end this inhumane treatment of our wild herds, but until we can bring about the lasting change these innocent animals need, we need to ensure accountability and transparency within our federal government.
Installing cameras on all wranglers and helicopters used during BLM roundups will ensure that the agency can’t hide any mistreatment of wild horses and burros from the public. Please use your voice and join us in calling for cameras to be placed on all BLM helicopters and wranglers! It will only take thirty seconds of your time!
American Wild Horse Campaign