Call for BLM to step up over humane mustang handling

Image released by Wild Horse Education
Image released by Wild Horse Education

A wild horse advocacy group is calling for the Bureau of Land Management to adopt what it calls a significant humane handling policy with ramifications for violations.

Wild Horse Education founder Laura Leigh, who travels the west to watch many of the bureau’s roundups, made the call as the agency was finalizing its roundup schedule for the 2013 financial year, which begins on October 1.

Leigh argues that the bureau has never properly adopted a policy of humane handling practices.

World Horse Eduction volunteer Lisa LeBlanc says: “It’s difficult to understand why, during the majority of removal operations, wild equines are denied even the most basic humane handling.

“Nevada statutes consider over-driving and excessive striking of an animal – any animal – illegal and punishable by law.

“The BLM had stated, months ago, it is setting forth policy for humane standards during removals and after care, but the policy remains elusive, and loosely interpreted.”


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2 thoughts on “Call for BLM to step up over humane mustang handling

  • October 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

    We must have the following for the wild horses and burros:

    Humane care policies that are clearly defined and ENFORCED.

    Trustworthy 3rd party accounting of wild horses on the range and their band territory.

    FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) for all BLM long term and short term holding facilities, the number, sex and health of each horse there and where the horses go when they do indeed leave holding.

    A complete moratorium on all wild horse and burro roundups until above actions and steps have taken place and carried out in full.

    REPEAL the Burns Amendment without further delay. It was implemented in 2004 without public review and it gives the BLM the authority to sell wild horses in large numbers and by the truck load to anyone they wish and for any reason including slaughter. It needs to GO! NOW!

    It far past the time for Americans to grow a new backbone and stand up for our wild lands and our wild horses and burros. There is more at stake than the average person could ever image.


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