(ABC4) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offers financial incentives for the adoption of untrained animals, especially horses and wild donkeys (or burros) through its Incentive Program. adoption.
The program requires adopters to certify under penalty of prosecution that they will not knowingly sell or transfer the animal for slaughter or processing into commercial products.
BLM also limits adoption to four animals per year and prohibits transfer of ownership for at least one year from the date of adoption.
The BLM recently changed its policy to now require animal compliance inspections within six months of adoption. In addition, title applications will need to be signed by a veterinarian or authorized BLM agent in order for the adopter to receive the incentive payment.
“We have an unwavering commitment to the humane care and placement of America’s wild horses and burros. Overall, the Adoption Incentive Program provided the boost people needed to fulfill their dream of adopting and caring for a wild horse or burro in the proper way,” said BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning. “As we further refine this successful program, I encourage all potential adopters capable of giving a wild horse or burro a good home.”
The Adoption Incentive Program aims to increase adoptions of untrained wild horses and donkeys by providing an incentive of up to $1,000. The money is intended to help cover the costs of care, such as veterinary services, food and training.
More than half of all feral horses and donkeys placed in private care last year were adopted through the BLM’s adoption incentive program, with a total of 8,637 animals (the highest number over the past 24 years)
However, one of the nation’s leading wild horse protection groups, the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), says BLM incentives “fail” to eliminate cash incentives that send horses and burros at the slaughterhouse.
“Despite the recommendation of its own National Advisory Board, the BLM is still failing to eliminate the cash incentives that have resulted in the sale of a steady stream of federally protected feral horses and burros in paddocks that sell horses for slaughter,” said Suzanne Roy. , Executive Director of AWHC. “BLM’s plan to conduct mass harvesting this year only amplifies the danger and BLM should instead significantly increase its efforts to humanely manage these animals on the course using fertility control vaccines.”
AWHC cited its own investigation it conducted which led to a 2021 report in the New York Times during his claims in a press release sent shortly after the BLM announcement on Wednesday.
The BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros on 26.9 million acres of public land in 10 states.
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