The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a report on May 8 to Congress on the Wild Horse and Burro Program. The report was almost a year late, the original due date was August of 2019. In Appropriations for the fiscal year 2020 BLM was awarded an additional $21 million contingent on the release of the overdue report. Congress added a 60 day scrutiny period prior to the release of funding.
BLM has released a 33-page report that echoes the 25-page report rejected by Congress during the 2019 Appropriations debate. (link to 2018 report https://wildhorseeducation.
“This new report is the same as the old report; a shopping list to accelerate the status quo with no science or data behind it,” Laura Leigh, President of Wild Horse Education stated. “The fact that this report is over a year late, is only 33 pages, speaks volumes. This is a last ditch effort to push the agenda of Acting Director William Perry Pendley’s former clients over the finish line. This document needs serious scrutiny. Even the photos utilized fail to identify location and circumstance. This report? it represents the fraud that the wild horse program has become clear and simple; politics and the shopping list of industry.”
“Put the rejected 2018 report side by side with the 2020 report? It’s a joke and it’s not funny.
“BLM used up the roundup budget on the Eagle roundup that it announced 3 days before it began. That roundup removed more than 1700 wild horses in a relentless winter roundup where BLM did it’s very best to hide capture methods.
“Helicopter roundups are extremely expensive. The helicopter season begins 54 days from the date on this so-called report. BLM just regurgitated the old report, and added a more detailed decimation plan, to beat the deadline to pay contractors for the next round of removals.
“Yes, we will release a detailed report of our own as we did last time. Congress needs to reject this report and investigate everyone involved in it’s creation. This report is dirty, lazy and a national embarrassment.”
In addition, organizations such as Wild Horse Education, were left off the notification list even after it was confirmed that they were on the list.
More information may be found at these links:
The 2019 report: https://wildhorseeducation.
Report Update: 63 days until roundups begin : https://wildhorseeducation.