The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
News & Alerts
I just got off the phone with one of our field representatives in Nevada, and he told me something that I have to share with you: This week, at the helicopter roundup in the Shawave Herd Management Area, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee complained to him about the House amendment we and our coalition partners worked to pass this month, which would require the BLM to spend $11 million of $21 million in additional Fiscal Year 2021 funding on fertility control.
The BLM employee asked:“how are we supposed to keep removing horses if your amendment passes?”… exactly. THIS, along with what our champions in Congress are telling us, is how we know what we’re doing has the potential to really make a difference.
At this time of year, it often feels like roundup season will never end. I know how difficult — and distressing — it is to see, and read, about hundreds of wild horses and burros being aggressively hunted down by helicopters, rounded up, separated from their tiny foals and captured all across the west.
By the end of the day on Thursday, the BLM had removed 913 wild horses as well as ALL of the 220 wild burros from the Shawave HMA in Nevada. Tragically, 8 wild horses and 1 burros have died so far from this roundup ALONE.
But here’s what I want to stress: We’ll continue to be right there with our wild horses and burros. Filming, documenting, relaying information to our lawyers standing by and our lobbyists on Capitol Hill. We will not stop until we’ve done everything in our power to ensure wild horse and burro management is humane, sustainable and cruelty-free.
American Wild Horse Campaign
PS — We’re going after those who profit off cruelty right where it hurts them most: their overstuffed hip pockets. The private companies contracted by the BLM to carry out these traumatic and overly aggressive helicopter roundups are making BIG money — most times more than half a million dollars per contract — to terrorize the wild horses and burros who call our public lands home. We know — and have proved — this money is better spent on humane, and scientifically sound fertility control measures and we’re this close to seeing Congress come around to the right side of history on this issue. Thank you for all you’ve done — and continue to do — to get us here.