BLM illegally sold thousands of wild horses for slaughter: report

The Bureau of Land Management, the agency tasked with protecting wild horses and cattle and their grazing lands, sold 1,794 federally-protected wild horses to a Colorado rancher who sent them to slaughter, a new report confirmed. Between 2009 and 2012, rancher Tom Davis purchased the horses through the agency’s Wild Horse and Burro Program (WH&B) and…

One Response to BLM illegally sold thousands of wild horses for slaughter: report

  1. William "Bill" Hicks October 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    This is a sad situation where several attempt to put Mustangs up for adoption have failed to provide positive results. It’s truly a challenge. Anyone who has the privilege to take on the responsibility of caring for horses knows it is not cheap to care for them properly.

    I wish there was a way of dealing with this where everyone wins, but the BLM has a very rough job to do. Excluding the pressure from Ranchers that want to use the same grasslands for cattle for slaughter, the BLM has to consider if the carrying capacity of the rangeland can even meet the needs of an ever growing herd of horses. They cull horses with the hope that people will adopt them. They stay in corrals near Ridgecrest. Some are fortunate to be adopted but the vast majority aren’t. I love the image of horses in the wild. I also love the image of horses that are adopted.
    If left alone to their own to breed and expand, wild horses will be left with two options if they aren’t adopted…..they can eat the rangeland beyond prepare and starve, or be mercifully put to death as a source of meat. As harsh as they may sound, those are the options.


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