BLM Stiffens Mustang Purchase Rules

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by Pat Raia – The Horse – January 7, 2013

The new policy restricts individuals or groups from purchasing more than four wild mustangs or burros within a six-month period unless otherwise approved by the BLM.

The new policy restricts individuals or groups from purchasing more than four wild mustangs or burros within a six-month period unless otherwise approved by the BLM.

Those who purchase wild horses and burros from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be subject to stiffer rules under a new policy announced by the agency on Jan. 4.

BLM Spokesman Tom Gorey said that the changes respond to recent media reports that since 2009, Colorado-based livestock hauler Tom Davis purchased more than 1,700 mustangs from the BLM and subsequently sold the animals for slaughter in Mexico. The current BLM mustang and burro contract forbids buyers from knowingly selling or giving away animals for processing into commercial products; those who do sell or otherwise transfer horses for processing face federal charges.

Issued under an interim Instruction Memorandum, the new policy restricts individuals or groups from purchasing more than four wild mustangs or burros within a six-month period unless otherwise approved by the BLM. Under the policy change, those who purchase animals from the BLM must provide transportation for the animals in agency-approved trailers. The agency reserves the right to inspect trailers and to refuse to load the animal if the trailer does not provide safe and humane transport for the animals.

The policy also requires buyers to inform the agency regarding where the animals will be kept for the first six months after the purchase.

Gorey said the new policy is effective immediately and will remain in effect until the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program publishes additional guidance on wild horse and burro sales.

Jerry Finch, wild horse advocate and president of Habitat for Horses, said that even with the new policy rules in place, the BLM cannot ensure that mustangs won’t fall into the wrong hands.

Gorey said that the agency encourages anyone who observes inhumane treatment or the sale of a wild mustang or burro to contact the agency at 866/468-7826 or via e-mail atwildhorse@blm.gov. Tipsters should provide their names, contact information, and specific details about the incident they observed, he said.




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
6 Comments
  • John

    More sugar coated nicespeak from the talk tank, sounds pretty but still smells like ?? I still say, got loopholes?

    January 8, 2013
  • Marcia

    Let’s see if they follow up and actually do what they’re saying. This could be more of the same–rules, regulations with loopholes and no will for enforcement.

    January 8, 2013
  • Lana Marie

    “BLM Spokesman Tom Gorey said that the changes respond to recent media reports that since 2009, Colorado-based livestock hauler Tom Davis purchased more than 1,700 mustangs from the BLM and subsequently sold the animals for slaughter in Mexico. The current BLM mustang and burro contract forbids buyers from knowingly selling or giving away animals for processing into commercial products; those who do sell or otherwise transfer horses for processing face federal charges.”
    So….has Tom Davis been charged??? As well, I read do to brand inspections, there are possible charges by the State?
    Unless he shows proff of where the 1700 mustangs are he is GUILTY!! Along with being arrogant…

    January 8, 2013
  • Karen

    Buying 1,700 horses wasn’t a red flag?

    January 8, 2013
  • LNorman

    “current BLM mustang and burro contract forbids buyers from knowingly selling or giving away animals for processing into commercial products; those who do sell or otherwise transfer horses for processing face federal charges.” Really? How many killbuyers like Tom Davis have faced federal charges? Salazar is complicit and should be facing federal charges. All we hear is “ongoing investigation” blah blah blah On PBR yesterday morning, Gorey alluded to slaughter to clean up their “holding situation” and get those pesky breeding-like-rabbit horses under control. Oddly there is no link on the NPR website to Gorey’s soundbites only the other news items before & after this bit.

    January 8, 2013
  • Ann Lawrence

    So what does “unless otherwise approved by the BLM’ really mean? If I’m TDavis I can purchase lots of horses and send them to Mexico because I’ve been “approved”? The whole rotten bunch needs to be prosecuted. STOP killing off USA wild horses. Who can we hire to get rid of these killers? I’ll put up some $$$.

    January 9, 2013