Call for BLM to Manage Wild Horses and Burros
September 23, 2016

Wild horse and burro management requires your immediate attention. This was the declaration made to leaders of Congress and the Administration with authority over public rangeland management in a letter signed by a diverse coalition of national organizations, including the American Sheep Industry Association, that collectively represent more than 10 million Americans.

Wild horse populations continue to grow unchecked, threatening the health of public rangelands and the multiple uses that rely on those rangelands.

The letter supports the recent recommendation from the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, calling on the Bureau of Land Management to follow the law and sell all suitable, unadoptable animals without restriction and euthanize those that are unsuitable for sale. Concerns were also raised in regard to BLM's quick dismissal of the advisory board's recommendation, which originated from an authorized federal advisory committee working to improve the agency's management decisions.

It is important to work together to achieve a science-based, sustainable approach to the management of our horses and burros that will protect our public rangelands for future generations. Healthy rangelands are where native wildlife can thrive, livestock can graze to support local communities, free-ranging horses and burros can live healthy lives and water quality can be sustained.

To read the letter, go to at www.sheepusa.org/IssuesPrograms_Issues_HorseAndBurroCoalition.