Spending bill sets stage for eradication of America’s Mustangs

Via EIN PRESSWIRE News Release

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, December 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Two national horse protection organizations today blasted Congress’ decision to increase the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program budget by $21 million budget to accelerate the roundup and removal of federally-protected wild horses and burros from public lands. In doing so, appropriators ignored requests by Congressman Raul Grijalva, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and 11 of his House colleagues, to restrict funding to humane population management with scientifically-recommended fertility control instead of roundups. The funding is part of the final omnibus FY 2020 spending package unveiled by Congressional appropriators today and set to be voted on later this week.

“The $21 million deal cut in the swamp today by the Humane Society, ASPCA, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is the greatest threat our iconic American wild horses have faced in half a century,” said Marty Irby, a lifelong horseman and executive director at Animal Wellness Action. “It’s a draconian experiment that will ensure mass roundups and incarcerations, surgical sterilizations amidst the hot desert sun, and has paved the road back to horse slaughter on the American taxpayer’s dime.”

“Congress just unleashed a catastrophic assault on America’s cherished wild horses and burros, turning back the clock 50 years to a time when these iconic animals were almost extinct and Congress acted unanimously to protect them,” said Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, the nation’s largest wild horse protection organization. “The BLM will now use tens of millions of tax dollars to round up 20,000 horses a year to achieve population levels that the National Academy of Sciences ‘not supported by scientific information’, and ‘not transparent to stakeholders.’”

The funding increase for the BLM wild horse program is the result of a backroom deal cut by Washington, DC lobbyists for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other livestock interests and the Humane Society of the U.S., the ASPCA, and Return to Freedom — organizations that critics say literally “horse traded” the fate of America’s mustangs for ulterior purposes.

Some deal supporters stand to benefit financially, either by the replacement of wild horses that are rounded up with commercial livestock on public lands, or from lucrative government contracts to warehouse thousands of wild horses and burros that will be captured, removed and incarcerated under the plan. These contracts are already attracting contractors with no animal welfare experience, like the company pursuing 5,000-horse holding facility that is a headed by a South Dakotan who government financial regulators called “a predatory businessman who has fleeced financially distressed consumers across the country with high-interest loans.”

“It’s disappointing that appropriators were sold a bill of goods by these “humane” organizations that not only ignored the National Academy of Sciences’ findings and the overwhelming will of the American people, but also actively undercut Chairman Grijalva’s attempts to protect wild horses from brutal mass roundups and risky surgical sterilization procedures,” Roy concluded. “We look forward to working with Congress next year to prevent irreparable harm to America’s wild mustangs.”

Polling released in October shows finds a strong bipartisan majority and nearly three out of four Americans, oppose the new plan to round up mass numbers of federally-protected wild horses and burros from America’s Western public lands.

More information:

•  Push to Accelerate Mustang Captures Draws Fire in Congress
•  Chair Grijalva, Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Write to House and Senate Interior Appropriators Urging Clarity, Funding Limits on BLM Horse Program
•  Poll Shows Majority of Americans Oppose Mass Wild Horse Roundup Plan

See alsoCongress wants to pull the reins on accelerated wild horse round up plan,” CPR.org, 12 Dec 2019

Last updated: 12.17.19 4.10 pm EST.


Wayne Pacelle is founder of Animal Wellness Action and its political action committee, co-founder of the Center for a Humane Economy, and a leader with the Animal Wellness Foundation. He founded the Humane Society Legislative Fund and prior to that, he was executive director of The Fund for Animals.

Marty Irby, a former HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) executive and lobbyist, is the current executive director of Animal Wellness Action.

Read more at “Wayne Pacelle’s Deception Continues” at HumaneWatch.org »

What a tangled web . . . it’s challenging to figure out who is doing what to whom.

BLM targets 5 wild horse herds for destruction in Wyoming

Wyoming Wild Horses free on the open range, where they belong.

Carol Walker of Wild Hoofbeats reports:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Scoping Document with a 30 day public comment period on 5 of the largest wild horse herds in Wyoming:

Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin, White Mountain and Little Colorado.

I have been visiting, observing and photographing the wild horses in these 5 herds since 2004.

The BLM claims that these herds are “overpopulated” even though they completed a roundup of three herds, Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin only 2 years ago. The last roundup and removal in White Mountain and Little Colorado was in 2011.

The BLM provides figures of their wild horse population estimates in these 5 herds using a flyover and a statistical double-count method, and one of the new changes is that now any horse over the low range of AML is considered “excess” – this is not how an excess determination is made. For example, the BLM says there are 929 wild horses in Adobe Town and the AML is 600-800, so the actual “excess” is only 129 horses not 329. This change does make a difference and is the creative math that the BLM uses to justify their actions. They are also now counting foals which they have never done before in their population estimates. This allows them to pad their counts and justify a roundup.

She continues:

The plan to remove 2702 wild horses from these 5 herds and then experimenting on and sterilizing the wild horses that remain is the BLM’s endgame for America’s wild horses. We must oppose this plan and save our wild horses.

Take Action

We need public comments to save the wild horses in Wyoming, so it would be great if you could also take a couple of minutes to send in a comment.

Walker makes the following suggestions on what you can say. Please express these ideas in your own words as best you can.

Some points I would suggest you mention:

•  The correct alternative is the NO Action Alternative.

•  The BLM must prepare on EIS for this project given the scope and public opposition.

•  Do actual counts of wild horses using an independent agency.

•  Opposition to spaying wild mares, gelding stallions, chemical vasectomies and the use of Gonacon.

•  Opposition to skewing the sex ratios of the herds.

•  Manage these 5 herds on public lands where they are found.

• If birth control must be used, use the proven, humane, PZP.

Please make your comments by the end of the day, December 20, 2019.

You can submit comments through the BLM website:


You can also email comments to: blm_wy_rsfo_wildhorse_hmas@BLM.gov

And send them by mail to:
BLM Rock Springs Field Office
High Desert District
Multi-Year Wild Horse Gather
280 HWY 191 North
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Please share far and wide. Thank you.

Read Carol Walker’s full report »

Wild horses need our voices; Cloud call to action

Galloping wild horse herd. (Stock Photo)


Please join The Cloud Foundation with us. Call your U.S. Senators using the following script. If no one answers, please leave a voicemail.


1. Hello, my name is ____________ and I live in _______________. My phone # is ______________. (Give all that info upfront for simplicity)

2. I am asking Senator _____________ to vote AGAINST funding the Dept. of Interior Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2020, which includes the Livestock Lobby/ASPCA/HSUS plan to remove over 100,000 wild horses and burros from public lands in the next 10 yrs. Our wild herds are protected by federal law and should be managed ON THE RANGE, not warehoused at tax-payer expense.

3. Again my name is ______________________, from ____(town)______. Thank you for the opportunity to weigh in.

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Find your Senator’s phone number here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Not sure who your senators are? Find here: https://whoismyrepresentative.com


The disastrous “management” plan that calls for the removal of over 100,000 wild horses and burros from the range over the next decade will soon be up for Senate approval in the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior spending bill.

If you’re unfamiliar with the plan, The Cloud Foundation responded in depth to the proposing organizations. Read it here.

Remember Barbaro

Barbaro after he suffered the fatal breaks that eventually claimed his life. Source: Bryant Photos.
Barbaro pulls up after suffering the fatal breaks that eventually claimed his life. Source: Bryant Photos.

BARBARO, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, answered the starting bell at the Preakness Stakes, moments before jockey Edgar Prado pulled him up with a broken hind leg. Eight months later, he would die of the complications from that injury.

Nothing has changed since the death of Barbaro and the tragic Eight Belles.

More horses are killed on racetracks around the US than ever. Two year olds break down in training. They die before ever running a race.

Horse Racing Wrongs reports:

You can’t hold your breath forever, Santa Anita. While things have been quiet on the death front there, it was only a matter of time before the killing resumed. Today, Commander Coil, three years old and being prepped for his first race, “broke down” during morning training, and, says the Los Angeles Times, was euthanized. He becomes the 29th dead racehorse at Santa Anita since December 30.

Who will die today?

In memory of the dead and soon to die at the hands of American horse racing.