Feds trampled by cost of caring for wild horses

Cross-posted from Face the State

Written by GREG CAMPBELL

COLORADO (Oct. 14, 2010) — Debate over a roundup of wild horses underway in northwestern Colorado by the federal Bureau of Land Management has focused on the concerns of animal-rights activists, some of whom have filed suit seeking an injunction to halt the herd-thinning operations.

What has been largely overlooked, however, is that BLM has for years been breaking the very federal act that mandates the roundups in the first place. And that violation—however understandable it may be—has caused the agency’s costs of managing the herds to skyrocket.

The Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 requires the BLM to manage the numbers of wild horses on lands where they’ve historically lived. Part of that management is to keep the herds at a population level that doesn’t threaten their habitat. The agency estimates there are currently 38,000 animals running wild in 10 Western states, about 12,000 more than their ecosystems can sustain.

Groups such as the ASPCA, Texas’s Hearts and Horses and Colorado’s The Cloud Foundation call the roundups—known as “gathers” by the BLM—cruel and inhumane. That’s because of the agency’s use of low-flying helicopters to exhaust the horses so that they can be easily corralled and captured. The technique is said to stress and panic the animals, which may be injured in the process of capture.

Excess animals are captured and offered to the public through adoptions. According to the 1971 law, the agency is required to euthanize or sell without limitation unadoptable animals.

“According to the 1971 law, the agency is required to euthanize or sell without limitation unadoptable animals.” Required . . . ? Where does it say that exactly? -Ed.

Related Reading:

— BLM Loses Bid to Move Wild Horse Lawsuit Out of New York
Desert Independent, Oct 14, 2010
http://www.thedesertinde.com/Articles%202010/BLM-Loses-Bid-to-Move–1014.html

— Wild Horse Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit To Stop Colorado Roundup
HuffPo, Oct 8, 2010
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/08/wild-horse-advocacy-group_n_756647.html

2 thoughts on “Feds trampled by cost of caring for wild horses”

  1. Why did you know this was coming, The BLM has created there own living HELL , I sure hope they get to live in it……………………………………………………..And get whats coming to them………………………………………………………………..Oh what a tangled web they weaved !!!!

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  2. My remarks in between the ******

    Feds trampled by cost of caring for wild horses

    Posted on Oct 15, 2010 by Vivian

    Cross-posted from Face the State
    Written by GREG CAMPBELL

    COLORADO (Oct. 14, 2010) — Debate over a roundup of wild horses underway in northwestern Colorado by the federal Bureau of Land Management has focused on the concerns of animal-rights activists, some of whom have filed suit seeking an injunction to halt the herd-thinning operations.

    What has been largely overlooked, however, is that BLM has for years been breaking the very federal act that mandates the roundups in the first place. And that violation—however understandable it may be—has caused the agency’s costs of managing the herds to skyrocket.

    *****$67,000,000 to date and counting – Cost of a horse to roam free – $0 DOLLARS*****

    The Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 requires the BLM to manage the numbers of wild horses on lands where they’ve historically lived. Part of that management is to keep the herds at a population level that doesn’t threaten their habitat. The agency estimates there are currently 38,000 animals running wild in 10 Western states, about 12,000 more than their ecosystems can sustain.

    *****”THIS IS A LIE” – 38,000 horses on 32 MILLION acres of land? That’s 842 ACRES PER HORSE on average!!!!!*****

    Groups such as the ASPCA, Texas’s Hearts and Horses and Colorado’s The Cloud Foundation call the roundups—known as “gathers” by the BLM—cruel and inhumane. That’s because of the agency’s use of low-flying helicopters to exhaust the horses so that they can be easily corralled and captured. The technique is said to stress and panic the animals, which may be injured in the process of capture.

    *****This is done ONLY with the intent to INJURE the horses thus allowing the BLM to send them to slaughter instead of adopting them out, handing and caring for them after round-up, etc.*****

    Excess animals are captured and offered to the public through adoptions. According to the 1971 law, the agency is required to euthanize or sell without limitation unadoptable animals. “According to the 1971 law, the agency is required to euthanize or sell without limitation unadoptable animals.”

    *****Required??? Where does it say that exactly? IT DOES NOT SAY THAT AT ALL! They use this “unadoptable animals” phrase to ONLY get rid of the Horses that THEY “the BLM” injures during ILLEGAL and UN-NECESSARY round-ups!*****

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