Animal Groups Mark 50th Anniversary of Wild Horse and Burro Act by Calling for Reform of Government’s Management Program

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50th Anniversary of the Wild Horse and Borough Act

50th Anniversary of the Wild Horse and Borough Act

The sheer scale of the suffering is almost unfathomable, but Home Secretary Deb Haaland has done nothing to rein in these arrests.”

— Scott Bexted, Campaigns Director at the Center for Human Economics

WASHINGTON, DC, US, December 15, 2021 / – Today Animal Wellness Action (AWA), Animal Health Foundation (AWF), Center for Humane Economics and the Wild Beauty Foundation marked the 50th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act ( Act) by calling for legislative reform to end highly stressful and inhumane helicopter reconnaissance operations, reduce livestock densities on our public lands so that horses and burros can remain in their designed habitats, and assure that wild horses and animals that are Removed from our public lands are not directed to the horse slaughter pipeline.

Congress voted unanimously to support the law after hearing millions of Americans outraged at the harsh efforts to reduce populations in the West, including the commercial killing of animals for pet food. Now, 50 years later, the agency mandated by Congress to humanely manage animals on our public lands is engaged in present-day depopulation efforts.

Under the false pretense of “emergency conditions,” the Bureau of Land Management embarked on a campaign to clear western pastures of protected wild horses from burrows to make way for millions of commercial livestock, in violation of the spirit of the law. The campaign has driven thousands of horses into grim conditions in the fattening pens of BLM sheds, hundreds of horses have been injured and killed, ponies separated and orphaned, and families forcibly separated.

“The sheer scale of the suffering is almost unfathomable, but Home Secretary Deb Haaland has done nothing to curtail these arrests,” said Scott Beckstead, director of campaigns at the Center for Humane Economics and Animal Health Action. “Managing herd growth through fertility control is much less costly and does not involve undue government payments to livestock companies, utility holding contractors and helicopter companies to conduct massive aggregations of equids.”

said Marty Irby, CEO of Animal Wellness Action and 8-times world equestrian champion. “Our famous American horses deserve better than to be collected by helicopter chase, imprisoned, and snatched from their families for a dime from the American taxpayer.”

“We have been fortunate to traverse the vast American West over the past four years with our film crew, capturing the incredible beauty of wild horses and their closely related families,” said Ashley Avis, Director of Disney’s Black Beauty and founder of Wild Beauty. Enterprise. “We have also witnessed the brutality of the helicopter arrests, and the shocking disinformation campaign by the Bureau of Land Management. On the 50th anniversary of the Protection of Wild Horses and Burrows for Future Generations Act, I hope that a new wave of awareness will force this law to finally be respected, rather than disregarded more generally. Unified and unexpectedly broken.”

Those interested in showing support for wild horses and bells should contact members of Congress, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, and President Joe Biden, urging them to stop helicopter reconnaissance and to restore wild horses and bells to their rightful place on our site. public lands.

Animal Wellness Action provided a toolkit for media and advocates with graphics and press information sharing here and the Wild Beauty Foundation presented a short film produced by Ashley Avis, Director of Disney’s ‘Black Beauty’ for 2020 that can be downloaded and shared on media and social media platforms here.

Animal Wellness Action (AWA) is a 501(c)(4) organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to help animals by promoting legal standards that prohibit cruelty. We advocate for causes that relieve the suffering of pets, farm animals, and wildlife. We call for policies to stop cockfighting and other insidious forms of cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systematic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we encourage good public policies, and we work to enforce those policies. To make good laws, we must elect good legislators, which is why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones they don’t. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization that aims to help animals by making veterinary care available to everyone who has a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We’re an advocate of bringing veterinarians to the front rows of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; Vaccination of animals against infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. We also support policies that prevent cruelty to animals and that alleviate suffering. We believe that helping animals helps us all.

The Center for Humanitarian Economics (CHE) is a nonprofit organization focused on influencing corporate behavior to shape a humane economic system. The center, the first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, encourages companies to fulfill their social responsibilities in a culture in which consumers, investors and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and environmental degradation and embrace innovation as a means to eradicate both. .

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