Horse deaths at BLM’s Palomino Valley facility twice as high as reported

Animals’ Angels Report

CaptureAnimals’ Angels latest Freedom of Information Act request only increased our concerns over the BLM’s treatment of wild horses and burros. Among other things, the BLM’s Palomino Valley Facility in Nevada seems to be drastically under-reporting the actual number of horses and burros that have died under its “care.” In order to deal with the eventuality of equine deaths, the NV Bureau of Land Management has an ongoing contract with a rendering plant, Nevada By-Products (d/b/a Reno Rendering), to process the dead horses and burros received from Palomino Valley.

According to the contract paperwork, Nevada By-Products was chosen over landfill disposal due to cost effectiveness and the fact that “Due to the sensitive nature of the public to the wild horse and burro program, it is necessary to dispose of these large animals as quickly and discretely (sic) as possible and Reno Rendering fulfills these requirements.”

In addition to the contract itself, our FOIA request obtained all records of deceased horses and burros sent from the BLM holding facility to the rendering plant from January 1, 2010 through May 31, 2012.  

During that timeframe the BLM itself reported in the official Palomino Valley Mortality Detail Report that only 241 horses and burros died at the Palomino Valley facility and 50 at the Fallon facility. However, the records from the rendering plant tell quite a different story. According to the Nevada By-Product invoices for that same time period, a startling 577 dead horses were received from the Palomino Valley Facility. This is a shocking difference of 286 animals (336 horses if Nevada By-Products does not render the horses from Fallon) , a number simply too large to ignore.

Go to the Animal’s Angels site to see the contract, invoices and mortality reports – CLICK HERE

  • Debbie Tracy

    SOOOOO what happens now that is a huge difference very large number difference. How does this horse slaughter tie into the Wild Mustangs?? Pretty convenient that it looks like this slaughter house in New Mexico is going to start up, quick way to get rid of a horse problem for the BLM,,??? Oh just more good news, NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2013
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    I’m so sorry to hear this and I’m not sure what will stop it.

    May 1, 2013
  • ClipClopToday

    It’s not a problem for the BLM. They raised, captured, and held mustangs at tax payers expense. Sell to auction to kill buyers for little to nothing so they can be sold at a profit to the slaughter houses. Do you think they are going to do anything to stop that kick back stream?

    May 1, 2013
  • Jade

    Tears of frustration and sadness.

    May 1, 2013
  • Linda Brown

    I find this so extremely pathetic!! Doesn’t seem to matter how much we write, call, email, protest, the BLM and our government is going to do what they want and the horses that are “protected” are just left to the horrible decisions of those who regard them as money to be made. What about the new director of the BLM? Will she care, sincerely, about these horses??? So very irritating. Wish there was something I could do.

    May 1, 2013
  • This is just a travesty to our national treasures. It’s also just sick and wrong.

    May 1, 2013
  • Linda Jackson

    I’d advise email to BLM protesting this poor management:,, All my family is aware of this concern and (even in other states) they are protesting to their representatives. That this not occurring without public objection is important I think.

    May 2, 2013
  • How can this continue to happen? I was long haul trucker and had to deliver to a rendering operation. The smell was awful and sickening. Being too new the industry, I had no idea what the place was doing. After learning what was going on as I waited was heartbreaking. I can’t see how the people could ever get used to the idea and smell of what is going on in a rendering plant.

    May 3, 2013