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We request that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) return the 45,000 captive wild horses and burros, now at risk of being killed, back to public land Herd Areas established with the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act.
The 45,000 captive wild horses and burros are being hoarded in taxpayer funded ranches and holding facilities to make room for commercial livestock, fracking and other industries on public land. The BLM makes more than $4.3 billion annually from onshore oil and gas development, so they should have taken care of the wild horses and burros they chased off public land to rake in all that profit. But instead, the Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board has recommended that the BLM kill all the captive 45,000 wild horses and burros they unjustly call “unadoptable”. 
The BLM claims the 45,000 captive mustangs and burros are “unadoptable” because they were not picked at adoption events, and thus received 3-Strikes or are over the age of 10. But that’s not true. These adorable captive wild horses and burros were never given a fair chance at finding loving adoptive homes or sanctuaries. 
The public is outraged. Wild horses and burros are living symbols of freedom and the pioneering spirit of the American West.
Recently I went to a short term holding facility to help rescue some 3-Strikers and made this short video of Snowbunnie (#2256) and Suzie King (#2473) 3-Strike Friends. You can see they were interested in being saved.
After seeing the video, someone came forward to take the pair and give them a loving forever home. Sadly, the BLM made it difficult and unpleasant for the potential new owner, who was in tears at one point because the BLM was giving her such a hard time with the paperwork. I provided support to keep everything on track and then shortly afterwards we delivered the two 3-Strike mustang mares to their safe forever home.  
Since the BLM is not doing their job to publicize available wild horses and burros, and since their customer service is rotten, it’s wrong to call the 45,000 captive wild horses and burros “unadoptable”. They were not given a fair chance. Now the BLM wants to KILL them all.
Sign this petition to ask that the BLM put all the wild horses and burros back on public land to save tax-payer dollars and safeguard their lives. If needed, water wells could be drilled in Herd Areas thus still saving taxpayers millions of dollars. It’s time to restore the natural ecological balance in the West, prevent catastrophic wildfires and #PutMustangsBack.
Anne Novak

Founder and Executive Director




Protect Mustangs is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. http://www.ProtectMustangs.org


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We request you intervene to return the 45,000 captive wild horses and


Over the last 20 years, the BLM has been rounding up and removing wild horses from their natural habitat in the interest of allowing privately owned cattle to graze on the land. What they have experienced since then is the unsustainable financial burden of keeping the horses alive in their facilities – $49 million in 2015, alone – and the task of coming up with an alternative solution.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a statement condemning the decision, expressing, “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. The agency would not be in this situation but for their long-term mis-management. Alternatives to this proposal have been ignored for over 20 years.”
Related: These are the last truly wild horses on Earth
In June, a meeting for the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands heard from California Congressman Tom McClintock (R), who argued that wild horses are overpopulated. Ginger Kathrens, director of The Cloud Foundation, explained, “Current management practices of round-up, removal and warehousing … cause compensatory reproduction – an increase in populations as a result of decreased competition for forage.” In other words, there would not be a surge in wild horses if the BLM hadn’t removed most of them from their land, in the first place.
The HSUS is calling for alternative fertility control programs to slow down population growth. According to Ms. Kathrens, “Livestock outnumber horses and burros 47 to 1, and livestock are allocated 82 percent of the forage,” suggesting the real problem lies with the decision to use the land for raising cattle and calling into question the need for continuing the practice.
If you want to make your voice heard about this needless slaughter, sign the petition at Change.org.
+ Change.org Petition to Stop the Killing of 45,000 wild horses
Via Humane Society of the United States, Natural Resources.house.gov