Policy

Grace Kuhn: Brutal federal plan for Utah’s wild horses must be stopped

By Grace Kuhn, Special to The Salt Lake Tribune

December 11, 2020

Utahns need to know what’s happening to their horses. It’s not pretty.


Governor Polis Releases Statement on CO Wild Horse Deaths

DENVER (May 14, 2022) — Today, Governor Polis released a statement following a disease outbreak that has resulted in the death of 144 horses at the Cañon City Wild Horse and Burro Facility. 


Bureau of Land Management Finalizes Eradication Plan for Iconic Wyoming Checkerboard Wild Horses

Bureau of Land Management Finalizes Eradication Plan for Iconic Wyoming Checkerboard Wild Horses 

Bureau will “zero out” the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas, but will preserve wild horses in the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Viewing Loop area


MEDIA UPDATE: Feds release reveal “bacterial coinfection” with equine influenza killed at least 102 wild horses at holding facility in Colorado

American Wild Horse Campaign asks why confined horses were not vaccinated against Influenza Virus and whether sanitation Issues at facility contributed to the deaths

Cañon City, Colorado (April 30, 2022) – Questions mount over the recent deaths of at least 102 horses at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Canon City wild horse holding, where 2,500 wild horses captured from western public lands are confined.


Inola wild horse adoption program sounds nice, but puts mustangs at risk for slaughter

As Inola adoption event looms near, the American Wild Horse Campaign warns of risk of slaughter for these federally-protected animals

(TULSA, OK) March 22, 2022 — The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) today warned that wild horses and burros being offered for adoption at an event on Friday and Saturday in Inola are at high risk of slaughter, thanks to a federal program that pays people $1000 to adopt an untamed wild horse or burro. 


An Update on Huck and Puck, the AIP, and the Illegal Donkey Skin Trade

By Mary Koncel, AWHC Program Specialist

(March 4, 2022) On an early Sunday morning last October, a large red stock trailer backed down our driveway and maneuvered its way to the main door of our barn.  After over a 2,000-mile trip from a foster home in Wyoming, Huck and Puck, two Bureau of Land Management (BLM) burros pulled from a kill pen in Oklahoma, had arrived at their new home in western Massachusetts.


Eyewitness Report: BLM Adoption Event in Okeechobee, FL

Recently an AWHC volunteer attended one of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) satellite adoption events in Okeechobee Florida. She recounts the experience below.

(March 1, 2022) The BLM adoption event in Okeechobee, Florida was quite a sad event for me to observe.  

I was startled to learn that the 55 mustangs and 12 burros who arrived in Florida were in Utah just the day before, where the temperatures were below 0 degrees. 


Abused BLM Burros Find Home at California Sanctuary

(February 16, 2022) As part of AWHC’s Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) investigation, our staff monitors over 20 kill pens across the U.S. Recently, we came across two Bureau of Land Management (BLM) burros posted for sale at a notorious kill pen in Oklahoma. These burros looked defeated. Their heads were dropped, their ears were lowered, and it looked like they had cuts on their bodies.


Latest Changes to BLM’s Wild Horse Adoption Incentive Program Insufficient to Prevent Slaughter 

Group that helped expose program as a pipeline to slaughter for scores of wild horses and burros says cash payments for adoption must end 


Analysis: Hundreds of Millions of Tax Dollars Flow to Livestock Industry to Round Up and Warehouse Wild Horses

For nearly five decades, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been rounding up wild horses and burros with helicopters, stampeding them into traps, and stockpiling them in holding facilities.