Protect Wild Horses and Burros in the FY 2023 Interior Budget
As your constituent and an equine welfare advocate, I urge you to support our nation’s federally protected wild horses and burros in the FY 2023 Interior Appropriations bill by doing the following: • Continue the longstanding prohibition on the use of lethal population control methods for BLM and United States Forest Service (USFS) herds and ensure it is adequately enforced. • In BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program budget, ensure funds are being directed towards a robust, effective, humane fertility-control program in conjunction with other management actions, mirroring the stakeholder-endorsed Path Forward proposal. • Ensure there is vigorous oversight of the BLM’s management of all wild horses--on the range and off--including its strict adherence to the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program. It is critical that these iconic animals are protected in perpetuity, and this goal requires a balanced population that is protected and will thrive on the range into the future. I greatly appreciated your efforts to chart this new course in the FY 2020, FY 2021 and FY 2022 Interior Appropriations bill and urge you to continue this bold new direction for FY 2023. Thank you for your attention to these important issues.
Immediately Scale Up Proven Safe and Humane Fertility Control
Dear Secretary Haaland:
As a supporter of equine welfare, I urge you to ensure that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) immediately scale up fertility control treatments for the on-range population of wild horses and burros. For decades, the BLM has relied almost exclusively on large scale removal of animals from the range to control populations, which has resulted in unsustainable on- and off-range population growth. Overwhelming scientific literature (including BLM’s own published research) confirms the merits of fertility control as an effective management tool. Diverse stakeholders along with Congress have been urging the BLM to begin immediate implementation of these critical technologies. Without some action on BLM’s part this year, that support and funding will erode. The threats to our nation’s beloved herds are mounting, and proper management with these tools is the best way to protect them now and in the future. Thank you for your attention to this important issue.