A lot is going on in the world today, but we don't hear about the plans the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management have schemed up to eradicate America's wild horses.
Over 100,000 wild horses and burros are under threat of extermination, pending approval of the bureau's 2018 "Budget Justifications." It calls for provisions that, if passed, would strip protections and effectively allow the BLM to shoot and kill wild horses and burros and sell them for slaughter. Even now, the BLM is planning massive roundups of unprecedented proportions in Nevada and Wyoming beginning next month.
There are over 200 million acres of public rangelands in the U.S. where these native wild animals should roam freely, according to the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act signed into law in 1971. But they are quickly being eliminated by the same government agencies that claim to protect them. Unless action is taken, America's wild equids will continue to vanish — a potentially catastrophic scenario for generations to come.
I remember the thrill when my dad would take us to watch wild horses out on the range, and driving across country sometimes we'd spot wild burros and scream with excitement. It was always a highlight of our trip. But sadly when I take my family now, we can't find any herds.
Wild horse supporters, please get involved. Urge the White House, Congress and BLM to uphold protections for our wild horses and burros.
These horses belong to me, belong to the American people and deserve to be treated and managed humanely and with respect, as a treasured part of our heritage and our lands.