Over 44,000 animals are currently being held in government holdings of the United States of America. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Advisory Board has unanimously decided to slaughter wild horses and donkeys who remain to be unadopted. The only no-vote on the Board came from Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud foundation.
In a statement released by the Humane Society of the United States, it said, “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.”
It is due to public outcry and multiple lawsuits that the decision is on hold. Over the past 20 years, the BLM has maintained round-up and removal as a primary management strategy for wild horses and donkeys. Earlier, in 2015, BLM spent $49 million maintaining these horses in off-range facilities.