For those of you who are devoted to saving America’s wild horses living on public lands, you may have heard this news. It is devastating in the wake of the Sand Wash Basin tragedy. This may be equally tragic if not more so.
Nicole Pollack, reporting for The Casper Star Tribune, writes:
The Bureau of Land Management will round up most wild horses in five herd management areas in southwestern Wyoming, beginning as soon as Oct. 7, the agency said Friday.
It expects to remove roughly 4,300 of the estimated 5,105 wild horses living in the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, White Mountain and Little Colorado herd management areas, home to most of Wyoming’s approximately 7,700 wild horses.
Removed horses will be “freeze branded, vaccinated, dewormed and given a Coggins test,” a blood test for viral Equine Infectious Anemia, according to Friday’s statement. Officials will then return about 800 of the removed horses to the range, administering temporary fertility controls to all returned mares, in an effort to reduce the wild horse population in those areas to a target of 1,550–2,145. The remaining 3,500 will be adopted out, pending medical and behavioral clearance.
The BLM is following a Trump-era goal of gathering as many as 31,000 Western wild horses by the end of fiscal year 2022, potentially dropping the total count below 56,000, E&E News reported last month.
That explains everything, if we didn’t know already. Soon after Haaland was installed as Interior Secretary, she made the statement she would follow the previous Administration’s wild horse plan. And that plan was . . .
It is a huge stain on the US federal government that it makes a law then fails to not only enforce it, but itself continues to break it — no matter who the President is. — Fund for Horses
“The Trump administration, along with a coalition of ag based groups, including National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Public Lands Council devised a plan two years ago that included fertility controls, more roundups, adoption incentives, and contracts with private lands for grazing.” Read more at source »
Sickening and corrupt.
It is a huge stain on the US federal government that it makes a law then fails to not only enforce it, but itself continues to break it — no matter who the President is. Shameless.