This is BLM’s endgame for our wild horses.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board has just voted in favor of KILLING ALL THE WILD HORSES AND BURROS currently in short term and long term holding, approximately 44,000 horses. The only NO vote on the Advisory Board was from Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation.

[if these are elected officials they need to be voted out of office]

Being extremely fond of euphemisms, the BLM uses the term “euthanasia” which is incorrect. Definition of Euthanasia: “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.”  This is in fact murder, not euthanasia.pvc-1-main_0conger-par-36662-image-1-1-1

The intent behind this vote was to send a strong message to Washington, DC so that this might happen. Dean Bolstad, Division Chief had been alluding to killing the captive wild horses earlier in the meeting.

This is BLM’s endgame for our wild horses.

Please speak up – send comments to the Advisory Board ASAP at this address:

You can email the bloody-minded Advisory Board individually as well:

  1. June Sewing:;
  2. Fred Woehl:;
  3. Robert Cope:;
  4. Julie Weikle:;
  5. Sue McDonnell:;
  6. Steven Yardley:;
  7. Ben Masters:

and you can thank Ginger Kathrens for standing strong in the face of such complete and utter disregard for the interests of our wild horses and burros:

Tell Dean Bolstad what you think:

Then call Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior:(202) 208-3100

Then write your Congressmen and Senators.

This outrage must not stand.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Advisory Board has voted a recommendation to euthanize the wild horses and donkey held in short and long-term holding facilities.  Between 44,000 and 45,000 animals are currently held in short and long-term holding facilities, with a cost of over $49 million last year alone.  No particulars were decided on methodology or time frame for the destruction of the captive animals.

The Advisory Board made their recommendation nearly unanimously.  Ginger Kathrens, founder of The Cloud Foundation, was the sole dissenting vote.

The Humane Society of the United States released a statement which read, in part “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. The HSUS stands ready to implement these alternatives at any time.”15carolwalkerrocksprings1

The vote to euthanize the horses held in long-term holding comes on the heel of BLM announcing their plans to experiment on mare spaying were canceled due to public outcry and multiple lawsuits being filed.  With public outcry at every turn, and the wants of the cattle industry for less competition for forage, the BLM finds itself struggling to make decisions and stick with them.


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