“A government board just recommended that 45,000 wild horses and burros be killed to make room for beef mega farms — and you’re about to pay for it.”
A government board just recommended that 45,000 wild horses and burros be killed to make room for beef mega farms — and you’re about to pay for it.
Taxpayers will fund the biggest horse slaughter in history, after the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) voted to euthanize of all wild horses and burros in government-run holding facilities throughout the U.S.
Animal advocates are heartbroken by the decision, and are volunteering to help with any alternatives to the killing.
Wild horse nursing her baby. Shutterstock
“The decision of the BLM advisory board to recommend the destruction of the 45,000 wild horses currently in holding facilities is a complete abdication of responsibility for their care,” Holly Hazard, senior vice president of programs & innovations at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), said in a press release. “The agency would not be in this situation but for their long-term mismanagement.”
Alternatives to killing the horses, such as humane fertility control, have been ignored for over 20 years, according to Hazard, as the horses and burros have been rounded up by the government and taken away from their wild homes to make room for cattle ranchers. At the government-run facilities, horses have been left out in pens in 100-degree heat with no shelter to protect them.