Written by JANE ALLIN
The glimmer of hope provided by Governor Richardson’s sanctuary plan for the wild horses of New Mexico is now threatened with infection by the parasitic filth otherwise known as the BLM: the Black Plague of the Wild Ones.
An announcement several weeks ago by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department acknowledged the purchase of the 12,000 acre Ortiz Mountain Ranch at a cost of $2.9 million to be taken from NM’s stimulus funds.
Partitioning of the acreage would allow for the establishment of a state-owned wild horse sanctuary under the jurisdiction of an experienced, licensed non-profit organization.
Fundamentally this would serve as a protective refuge for wild horses subject to the atrocities inflicted upon them by the rogue BLM.
Recent news in the “Santa Fe New Mexican” indicating that the BLM has full intention of involvement is demoralizing to say the least.
“The head of the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program supports a plan for a proposed mustang sanctuary in New Mexico near Cerrillos and said it could serve as a model for other states.
Don Glenn, chief of the BLM’s Division of Wild Horses and Burros, said the agency solicited ideas for more sustainably handling an ever-growing number of wild horses that need homes. “One idea was to seek out partners and places to put sanctuaries,” Glenn said. “We are interested in a partnership with the state if they buy this land.”
Glenn goes on to say:
“We do have to remove a lot of horses every year,” Glenn said. “They’re destroying their own habitat. We do need to find places to put them, let them live out their lives. Some are not adoptable. Some are.”
The BLM began soliciting suggestions for caring for the horses in the spring from nonprofit groups and government agencies. New Mexico officials, working with wild-horse advocates, submitted a proposal. It had two pieces: a sanctuary for a small herd of horses and a center where mustangs could be trained and offered for adoption.
“The piece that’s most beneficial for BLM is that the place could be an adoption center,” Glenn said. “We’re looking for ways to increase adoptions. If it could be a center which adopted out 100 horses a year, it would be very helpful.”
Glenn said it would be the first such combination sanctuary and adoption center on state land. The basic plan is for the state to purchase the land, the BLM to assist with the adoption center and providing horses, and a nonprofit organization to raise funds for the sanctuary.”
We all are well aware of how the BLM “manages” and protects wild horses. Protection is a far cry from the reality of their destruction of the herds. Does anyone really need them to mismanage these horses as well?