Wild horses need our voice in the courtroom
The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
It’s no secret that our cherished wild horses and burros are safest in the wild, where they are kept away from brutal helicopter roundups and out of disease-ridden holding facilities.
But thanks to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) relentless campaign to slash wild horse and burro populations to near-extinction levels, these innocent wild equines are being deprived of their right to live free on western public lands where they belong.
Here at the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), we’re fighting to keep wild horses and burros wild through every avenue possible — including in federal court.
These wild animals cannot defend themselves in our legal system. That’s why we are dedicated to being their voice in the court of law. And, when we sue, we win.
When we first heard that the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) was sending adopted horses and burros into the slaughter pipeline, our investigative and legal teams lept into action and filed dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain the concrete evidence needed to expose the program.
We even had to take the BLM to court to force it to hand over many of these records. Without doing so, we would have not been able to put the many puzzle pieces together and prove once and for all that the AIP is funneling wild mustangs and burros right into the hands of kill buyers.
Not only that, AWHC is still in court battling the BLM and the Department of Interior (DOI) against the government’s alleged illegal implementation of the AIP. Can you make a donation today to fuel our legal efforts? We need your support to power our Legal Fund and keep up the pressure on the BLM and DOI.
Our latest investigative report revealed that in less than two years, at least 840 federally-protected wild horses and burros ended up in the slaughter pipeline. Of the animals we obtained brand information for, 73% were confirmed to be adopted via the AIP and dozens were adopted by groups of related individuals, scheming to make a quick buck off our beloved wild horses and burros.
If it weren’t for the work of our investigative and legal teams, none of this would have been brought to light. Please chip in a contribution now to support our Legal Fund and help us continue to fight for these innocent animals in the courtroom!
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