Mass Removal of Wild Horses
Darien, Conn. — Despite a brief, six-week moratorium on wild horse and burro roundups following the death of 41 wild horses at a slaughterhouse in Illinois, on 1 June 2005 the government resumed capturing and removing these animals from public land.
While the government continues to appease ranchers by confiscating horses and burros to make room for an ever-burgeoning cattle industry, Friends of Animals calls for the end of the roundups that strip horses and burros of their ability to live unmolested on public land.
Last December, a rider called the Burns Amendment was quietly passed, making it easier to slaughter older, unwanted horses. From then until the moratorium began in April, the government has removed 3,346 wild horses and burros. And starting next month, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and other government contractors will continue roundups as expediently as ever; another 5,000-6,000 horses and burros are scheduled to be removed before the end of September.
By proceeding only through September, the government can assure removals go smoothly without being inhibited in any way by a recent amendment introduced by Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), passed in the House on 19 May. If enacted in September, that legislation will constitute a ban on the use of tax money for wild horse sales, effective in October - after the forced removal of more than 12,000 wild horses and burros will have taken place throughout the fiscal year.
Although some media reports and one national humane society have called Rahall's efforts "a victory for wild horses," and the Bureau of Land Management recently created a new bill of sale pledging harsher prosecution for those buyers with mal intent, the actions are too little, too late. Thus, Friends of Animals will propose legislation to halt all roundups.
|State||Herd Management Area||Start Date||End Date||Planned Removal|
|New Mexico||Bordo Ataravesdo||01 June 2005||30 June 2005||44|
|Nevada||Fish Creek Complex||01 July 2005||20 July 2005||896|
|California||Devil’s Garden||01 July 2005||19 July 2005||400|
|California||Coppersmith||20 July 2005||27 July 2005||290|
|Nevada||Buck and Bald Complex||15 July 2005||14 Aug 2005||805|
|California||Fox Hog||22 July 2005||06 Aug 2005||525|
|Colorado||Spring Creek||21 Aug 2005||25 Aug 2005||50|
|Utah||Onaqui||15 Aug 2005||20 Aug 2005||165|
|Wyoming||Salt Wells Creek||15 Aug 2005||28 Aug 2005||325|
|Oregon||Cold Springs||28 Aug 2005||11 Sept 2005||215|
|Wyoming||Adobe Town||29 Aug 2005||25 Sept 2005||675|
|Oregon||Stinkingwater||12 Sept 2005||19 Sept 2005||165|
|Oregon||Palomino Blue||20 Sept 2005||25 Sept 2005||160|
|Colorado||Sand Wash||27 Sept 2005||30 Sept 2005||200|
** Source: The Bureau of Land Management
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