Last year, the BLM asked for public commentary on their strategy to manage wild horses and donkeys and received over 9,000 responses. In response to our letters and emails, Bob Abbey, director, has announced new plans that are a clear step in the right direction. In addition to the new changes, “BLM will continue to oppose the killing or slaughter of wild horses or burros as a management practice.”
The changes include increased fertility control, a reduction in roundups, and an effort to make care and handling more humane. Currently, the steps are small. For example, the BLM aims to reduce the number of horses and burros rounded-up to only 7,600 from 10,000 per year. However, with the help of a National Academy of Sciences study, BLM may continue to improve these and other numbers in the future.
Take Action: Write to Director Bob Abbey to thank him to listening to your and others’ letters. Urge him to keep working to help Mustangs through fertility treatment and other, humane, methods.
Bob Abbey, Director
Bureau of Land Management
1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665
Washington, DC 20240