Friday, April 22, 2011

Wild Horse and Burro Update - April 2011

There is hardly anybody in the middle on the Wild Horse and Burro debate. On one side are the anti-Wild Horse ranchers who depend upon BLM and USFS grazing units for their cattle,...they pay for this privilege as well. If it's not emotional because of this, then add the fact that the U.S. Government owns so much land in the Western U.S. that are unavailable for private ownership certainly complicates the issue. Add the deficit hawks who want to minimize Federal spending for all but essential services, and thee is a potent anti-Wild Horse, anti spending tax payer money to fund Wild Horse relief.

On the other side animal rights activists and others demand fair treatment for the Mustangs and Burros. Others demand "more than fair" treatment and the necessary funding to come out of the Federal Budget. Some even advocate creating "Wild Horse and Burro only" areas, denying rancher's grazing areas for the cattle. The fallacy with this is that left unchecked these Wild Horse and Burro herds double in size every five years, starving themselves and wildlife out.

We can't just let the Wild Horse and Burro herds grow. Nor can we use inhumane methods and subsequently hold the gathered stock in deplorable conditions. We should be much better than that. I understand that providing proper care costs money and in this day of age of astronomical government debt, and many competitors for diminishing dollars, this is hard to do.

We need to look at ways to geld or otherwise sterilize Mustang stallions. We need to look at bringing back slaughter plants, albeit under maybe more controlled conditions. And we need to stop the inhumane treatment of gathered Mustangs.

On March 15, 2011, advocate and wild horse adopter Lisa Friday visited the Butterfield Short-term Holding Facility outside of Salt Lake City, Utah and shooting the video below depicting the BLM not holding these animals in anything resembling a fair deal.

You can read the corresponding press release on our website, where you can also read Lisa's full report at

1 comment:

  1. I just adopted two burros, brought in from Oklahoma facility, in good shape as were the horses at same event. Perhaps the BLM should consider looking at sites and determining "best practices", then bringing each facility on line with those practices, use of this approach could yield good results with practical schedules and budgets.