“We can save as many horses as we can save and then we’ll just be another full sanctuary. I think there are tons of solutions that don’t involve constant round-ups, gathers and holding pens,” said Clare Staples, founder of Skydog Sanctuary.
The Bureau of Land Management announced its intentions earlier this week to drop proposed sterilization experiments on wild mares after a federal judge issued an injunction in a lawsuit filed by wild horse advocates.
While the 2018 budget, requesting the same elimination of appropriations language that outlaws the sale and destruction of wild horses, slowly works its way through Congress, the Bureau of Land Management renews the request for the 2019 fiscal year.
Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced via social media his plans to withdraw the bill, which would have called for the sale of 3.3 million acres of public land potentially including land inhabited by America’s wild horses.
Working with the University of Wyoming, the BLM will be collaring 30 mustang mares with GPS collars to gather information on herd movement in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area of southwestern Wyoming.
On the heels of U.S. Congress’ rule change early in the month to make the transfer of federal lands easier, a bill has been introduced to sell 3.3 million acres of BLM land. Some Herd Management Areas for mustangs may be at stake.
Horse Nation spoke with Advisory Board volunteer Ginger Kathrens, who voted in opposition to the controversial proposal calling for the euthanasia or sale of 45,000 mustangs currently in BLM holding facilities.
Horse Nation spoke with Advisory Board volunteer Ben Masters, who voted in favor of the controversial proposal which calls for the euthanasia or sale of the 45,000 mustangs in short- and long-term holding.
Front Range Equine Rescue filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management earlier this week in response to the federal agency’s plans to test three sterilization techniques on over 200 mustang mares in holding.