According to Laurel Angel of the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Department of the House Natural Resources Committee in Washington DC, the HNRC has not issued a call for a moratorium on wild horse and burro round-ups. A recent Animal Law Coalition post, stating that a “Congressional aide” verified the moratorium, spawned rumors throughout the wild horse advocacy community, resulting in a barrage of calls to Angel’s office. (ALC has updated the post.)
Angel pointed to a letter submitted in August by Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands), requesting a suspension of all round-ups until the BLM has addressed problems within the wild horse and burro program as well as a 2008 GAO report’s criticisms of the program, and portions of the proposed ROAM Act that discuss BLM’s aggressive round-ups as the extent of HNRC’s recommendations. Angel added, “People should know that, constitutionally, [HNRC] cannot simply tell the Administration to stop doing something and expect them to stop doing it.”
Meanwhile, the Red Desert Complex round-up continues in southwest Wyoming. BLM spokesperson, Sara Beckwith, today stated that 470 horses have been gathered from the Green Mountain HMA. Close to one hundred thirty-four were returned to the range, including approximately 60 stallions and 74 mares treated with the fertility control vaccine, PZP. One weanling, found without a mother, was thought to be abandoned and has been transported to the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton. All other horses have been transported to the Canon City Holding Facility in Colorado. BLM moved on to the Stewart Creek HMA today. Beckwith noted that weather will dictate the future of the round-up.
Stay tuned… and thanks for listening.