Over 1300 wild horses have been removed from the Calico Complex in Nevada to date. After having been herded by helicopter for miles over snowy and rocky terrain, foals, older horses and pregnant mares are suffering the brunt of this cruelty.
The January 9 rally in Los Angeles drew a crowd of nearly 200 people, including celebrities Wendie Malik, Francis Fisher, Amanda Pope, Elaine Hendricks and Tatjana Patitz. Signs calling to “Stop the Roundups” were carried as the public raised a united voice on behalf of our mustangs.
It was not long ago that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a proposal to euthanize some 30,000 wild horses that they have stockpiled in federal holding facilities, due to budget constraints. This overstock of horses is a result of years of gathering more wild horses from the range than the agency could successfully place through their adoption program. Rather than discontinuing the round ups, and implementing proven “in the wild” management solutions, the BLM is marching forward to the beat of the same old drum.
On Friday, September 21st, the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled in favor of the constitutionality of the recent Illinois State law that was passed, banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the State of Illinois.
As you welcome the new year, please keep in mind the plight of America’s wild horses and burros. Round ups are ongoing, with more wild horses now living in captivity than in the wild. Moreover, over 9000 wild horses remain threatened with slaughter. We must continue to let our lawmakers know that the American wild horse is our living heritage, and worth saving.
As Americans make plans to celebrate the Independence Day weekend, the US Government is considering the mass murder of thousands of wild horses. On Monday June 30th, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at their Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting announced a proposal that involves the phasing out of long-term holding facilities where they house some 22,000 wild horses that they removed from the range.
The slaughter of America’s wild and domestic horses is a horrific reality that continues despite closure of the U.S. based slaughter plants. Last year, over 100,000 American horses were slaughtered in plants in Canada and Mexico. A recently released Freedom of Information Act report from the USDA revealed photos and descriptions that depict a slaughter process that is often times far more brutal that we even imagined.