Did you know that…
- Wild horses are not starving or overrunning their range; these are falsities pushed by the BLM and refuted over and over again as they repeatedly round up healthy horses. Independent observers have years of footage, photographs, and data to disprove this inaccuracy.
- Wild horse herds do not double every four years. The BLM constructs herd numbers which sometimes jump 400% from one year to the next.
- There are now more than twice as many native, wild horses held in BLM concentration camps than in the wild.
- It is estimated that currently American taxpayers pay over $140,000 a day to feed the 40,000+ wild horses the government has removed from their federally protected ranges. (That equals $51,135,000 per year.)
* (As of the March 2011 BLM meeting in Phoenix, there are now almost 45,000 horses in holding).
- Wild horses are adopted out in small numbers each year but the adoption demand is far, far lower than the number removed.
- BLM stated in 2008 their lack of funds to feed the horses already in holding and their legal authority to euthanize them; yet, the BLM continues to remove wild horses from their legally designated homes on the range, at taxpayers expense.
- Given the extreme cost to American taxpayers and the irreversible actions of removing over 12,000 wild horses and burros in FY2010 and 11,000 in FY2011, moving forward without a current inventory (as legally mandated) is unacceptable.
- A 2005 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service grazing receipts fail to recover even 15 percent of administrative costs and are much lower, at $1.35 a head, than fees charged by the other federal agencies, states, and private ranchers.
- On average, privately owned cattle outnumber federally protected wild horses 5 to 1 on public lands.