At first glance, it might have seemed like a good idea. To manage the overwhelming number of wild horses and burros grazing on public lands, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began offering a$ 1,000现金激励for people willing to adopt one of these animals and give them “a good home.”
但是A.recent investigation by The New York Times，由美国野马运动和几个救援伙伴进行的研究促进，发现许多这些野马和伯罗斯最终被屠宰。
The BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) began in March of 2019. It pays people $500 within 60 days of adoption and another $500 once they've received the ownership title to the animal. There’s a limit to four animals per person.
“Since the start of the AIP, we have consistently seen more and more groups of unhandled mustangs dumped in kill pens, including some still wearing their BLM neck tags,” said Candace Ray, founder of Evanescent Mustang Rescue and Sanctuary, in a statement. “We expect to see many more unhandled mustangs needing rescue after adopters who received their $1,000 from the AIP funnel the horses into kill pens across the country. This cycle will continue until the program is shut down.”
Adopters sign an agreement under penalty of perjury agreeing to provide humane care and agreeing not to sell the animals for slaughter.
The BLM manages wild horses and burros on 26.9 million acres of public lands across 10 Western states. The BLM created the Wild Horse and Burro Program to implement the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, passed by Congress in 1971. The law deems wild horses and burros to be "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West" and says that the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service must manage and protect herds.
Groups such as the AWHC, however, argue that public lands are being overgrazed instead by privately owned livestock. Ranchers, they say, pay a small fee to allow their cattle and sheep to graze on the land and that's where most of the damage is coming from.
Calling for Change
Since the Times story appeared, the AWHC has started an在线请愿书asking Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to immediately suspend the AIP and launch an investigation into the program.
Treehugger reached out to BLM but did not receive a reply by publication time.
"The Adoption Incentive Program is essentially a wild horse slaughter laundering operation created by the former Administration to accommodate accelerated removals from public lands," Grace Kuhn, communications director of the American Wild Horse Campaign, tells Treehugger.
"FEDERAL ADOPTION PROGRAM SENDS WILD HORSES AND BURROS TO SLAUGHTER, NATIONAL INVESTIGATION REVEALS。“American Wild Horse Campaign，2021。
"关于程序。“Bureau of Land Management.
"公共土地牧场。“American Wild Horse Campaign.
"死亡收费从BLM野马综述。“American Wild Horse Campaign.