Please Stop Horse Roundups and Consider NAS Recommendations
The National Academy of Science (NAS) recently released a report on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro program and determined that the program can’t continue "business as usual." The report provided numerous suggestions for improvement and found that the BLM has not used scientifically rigorous methods to estimate population, model effects of management actions, or to assess forage on rangelands. Further, the report found that the current practice of rounding up and removing wild horses actually leads to higher rates of population growth, rather than curbing it. Please use the form below to join IDA in asking Sec. Jewell to carefully consider NAS recommendations and immediately stop all roundups.
The National Academy of Science (NAS) report recommends the use of fertility control vaccines as an alternative form of population control. Unfortunately, roundups are still recommended in order to administer these vaccines in many areas. During roundups, horses are stampeded and chased until they’re too exhausted to run, resulting in many injuries and deaths. In the “business as usual” roundups, family bands are heartlessly torn apart, never to see each other again.
New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who is tasked with heading up the BLM program, has stated she would consider the NAS report prior to implementing policy changes. We are also urging her to consider administering fertility control options in the wild, rather than subjecting horses to these traumatic roundups. The NAS also calls for greater transparency and more public participation, so this is our chance to insist our voices are heard.
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