Save the horses
To the Editor: For years, legislators on both sides of the aisle have expressed that they had begun to consider allowing lethal options like slaughter and mass killing to manage wild horses and burros! Legislators just didn’t believe there was any other sustainable pathway forward for the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse and burro program.
To prevent this threat from becoming reality, humane groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) worked with ranching interests and other stakeholders nationwide to set aside their differences. This in the interests of securing the long-term future of wild horses and burros without using lethal methods such as mass killing and slaughter.
It was not easy and took several years as these stakeholders did not all start in the same place.
Eventually, however, they did find a common set of goals to break the current deadlock over these iconic animals’ long-term fate.
Their proposed appropriations language, submitted to lawmakers on the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees, safeguards America’s wild horses and burros from slaughter and provides a beacon of hope for a broken program!
To manage on-range populations and phase out large-scale removals permanently on BLM lands, this legislation mandates that comprehensive ON-RANGE FERTILITY control be implemented alongside any necessary removals.
This proposed language is a positive step toward securing a humane future for America’s iconic equines, and I urge Congress to move it forward!