Profit has become so desired by some people, that it may even lead to the eradication of over 44.000 animal lives.
In order to achieve their goals, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) easily took the decision of evacuating wild horses from their holding facilities and replacing them with live cattle all over the United States.
Although at first they were only removed from their location, now it seems, in fact, that the BLM took yet another decision. The BLM voted to kill 44.000 out of the 67.000 total wild horses.
At this point, it appears as though committing mass slaughter comes much easier than taking full responsibility for their care.
Only last year, a sum close to $49 million was financed into the care holding facilities for wild horses.
But, despite this decision, no time frame or method of pursuing actions have yet to been taken.
— Animal Rights (@AnimalRRights) September 12, 2016
Founder of Cloud Foundation Ginger Kathrens was the sole person to disagree with the settlement among the Members of the Advisory Board.
Enraged by the extreme method of addressing the situation, the public reaction was one of clear disappointment. Following the release of this information, BLM has firmly been criticized by the Humane Society for not being able to keep under control the growth of the horse population.
Considering this as “a complete abdication of responsibility for their care” on behalf of the BLM members, Humane Society criticized the organization saying:
“The decision of the BLM advisory board to recommend the destruction of the 44,000 wild horses currently in holding facilities is a complete abdication of responsibility for their care. The agency would not be in this situation but for their long-term mismanagement.
Alternatives to this proposal have been ignored for over 20 years. The HSUS stands ready to implement these alternatives at any time.”
Despite the possible dire outcome, there is a solution. With only $125 a piece, all horses from all the holding facilities are given up for adoption. Unfortunately, even if all horses end up being sold, the funds gathered will still be less than the $49 million spent only last year, The Verge declares.
Moreover, taking into consideration the whole budget of both the Burro Advisory Board and the Bureau of Land Management for Wild Horses, the $49 million spent represent more than half of their entire budget. On the other hand, use of the PZP contraceptive vaccine costs less than 1% of the wild horse’s budget. A dose roughly prices around $26 a piece.
Unlike other expensive and dangerous methods, the use of PZP offers a better alternative and reversible effects. There is no need to enforce sterilization. Tested on more than a few areas, including the Assateague Island National Seashore as late as 1994, PZP represents a better and safer option.
The BLM’s inability to control the rising number of horses could be perceived as their own mistake. Using helicopters to gather mustangs from the field only leads horses to breed more.
One simple mistake creates a never ending and expensive circle that ultimately leaves no choice for the BLM but to invest money. Since not all horses are adopted, the largest part of their species ends up living their lives in enclosed holding facilities.
In a report dating back to 2013, the National Academy of Sciences declared that BLM’s “Appropriate Management Levels”, used by the agency to set population, were not based on scientific facts, but are only arbitrary. In the same report, they stated that they “could not identify a science-based rationale” behind the afore-mentioned AMLs.
But, in reality, the BLM uses only 3% of the fields for breeding wild horses. That leaves an estimate of 500 acres per horse. In this case, overpopulation offers no threat.
Being responsible for the preservation of wild horses around the U.S. BLM’s mission also enjoys the support of almost three-fourths of the American population. In addition, a total of almost 90% of Americans (out of which 80% are women), are against horse slaughtering.
What is there to do regarding BLM future decision to euthanize horses? Will we truly allow a company like this to conduct any risky and inhumane experiments? Still, what is there to do with all the money invested until now into the foundation?
Something must be done, and it is up to us to change it. Share your feelings and help us to stand up against the unnecessary mass slaughter of these majestic creatures. Let’s continue to fight for this cause together.