The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Advisory Board has voted a recommendation to euthanize the wild horses and donkey held in short and long-term holding facilities.
According to BLM calculations, there are 44,000 to 45,000 wild equines currently held in short and long-term holding facilities. The BLM further estimate that it cost the taxpayer over $49 million last year alone to warehouse the wild horses and burros removed from public lands.
No particulars were decided on methodology or timeframe for the destruction of the captive animals.
The Advisory Board made their recommendation nearly unanimously. Ginger Kathrens, founder of The Cloud Foundation, was the sole dissenting vote.