Mass Removal of Wild Horses

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

Arizona
Alamo
June
June
30

Arizona
Big Sandy
June
June
20

Arizona
Black Mountain
July
July
50

Arizona
Cibola
July
July
30

Arizona
Havasu
July
July
30

Arizona
Lake Pleasant
July
July
20

Nevada
Fish Creek Complex
01 July 2005
20 July 2005
896

Utah
Outside Vernal
July
July
50

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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