Recommendations that call on the BLM to shoot tens of thousands of healthy wild horses and burros were approved by the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The advisory board also discussed the option of allowing international adoptions and sales.
A private party proposed to have American taxpayers pay to ship 20,000 wild horses to Russia. There they would serve as prey animals for big cats. Neda DeMayo said that those killing tens would be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers who want wild horses protected. Those people have invested tens of millions of dollars for their care and BLM has a task and responsibility to protect those animals.
According to her, the agency has failed many times because it doesn’t direct resources toward actual managing land, water and habitat on the range. These iconic animals must be protected and the Congress must force BLM to humanely manage with them. It won’t be an easy process, but killing healthy wild horses is a disaster. With a real plan and in time, things can work out in the interest of wild horses and burros!.