This article reveals the Bureau of Land Management’s plan that would deplete Wyoming of half its wild horses and cost American taxpayers as much as $78 million in holding costs over the lifespan of nearly 2,000 animals who are about to lose their freedom.. ~ HfH
From: A Humane Nation
The Bureau of Land Management has proposed a round-up and removal of approximately 1,705 horses from Wyoming’s Red Desert Complex– nearly two-thirds of the total number of horses the agency removed from public lands across 10 states for all of last year. If this massive operation occurs, it would result not only in a bad outcome for horses, but it would deplete Wyoming of half its wild horses and American taxpayers of as much as $78 million in holding costs over the lifespan of nearly 2,000 animals who are about to lose their freedom.
Under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the federal government, through the BLM, is charged with protecting about 50,000 wild horses and 10,000 burros that inhabit tens of millions of acres of public lands in the West. For years, the Bureau had been rounding up 10,000 or more wild horses each year – far more horses than the agency could place with willing adopters. As a consequence, the agency began aggregating an enormous number of wild horses at holding facilities.