BLM Rounding up Wild Horses in Southwest and selling them for Slaughter

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the federal agency which has taken over much of the land throughout the Southwestern United States, has been caught illegally selling wild horses that is was tasked with protecting to a Colorado Rancher who then sent them to slaughter.

BLM Wild Horses

One of BLMs duties is to protect the herds of wild horses that roam throughout the Southwestern United States. But according to BLM records, the agency has been illegally selling these wild horses to a Colorado rancher for $10 a head. This rancher, Tom Davis, then sells these wild horses to slaughter houses in Mexico for a huge profit.

The U.S. Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General, which released the report Friday, concluded that between 2008 and 2012 the BLM illegally sold 1,794 wild horses to a known horse slaughtering advocate, Rancher Tom Davis.

“During our investigation, Davis admitted that most of the horses that he purchased through WH&B ultimately went to slaughter. We determined that BLM did not follow current law while managing WH&B,” the report said, noting that the BLM did not follow its own policy of limiting horse sales and ensuring horses sold were not slaughtered.

The BLM’s long history of abusing their power throughout the Southwest

This is not the first time the Bureau of Land Management has abused its power; sadly, it’s also not the first time that they’ve killed animals on land which they are supposed to protect. Ironically, this is the same agency that sent armed snippers to point their weapons at American Citizens in Nevada in 2014, when they illegally raided the Bundy Ranch in order to supposedly protect these same wild horses. During that raid, the agency slaughtered a number of Bundy’s cattle out in the Nevada Desert.

In 1971, Congress passed the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, declaring that, “wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.”

As part of that Act, the BLM was tasked with protecting and managing wild horses and burros. But instead of protecting these wild animals, the agency has almost completely eradicated them from much of the public land that Congress designated as habitat for these animals. Since 1971, BLM has removed almost 300,000 of these wild animals from western public lands, and has completely eliminated wild horses and burros from over 20 million acres of public land.

3 Comments

  1. JAS
    October 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    This has been going on for years. In the early 70’s, when I was living in Montana, I bought one at auction to break as a pack horse. Most of the horses sold, ended up at a slaughter house. Back then, most of them went to slaughter houses up in Canada. I thought they had done away with the roundups, since I had not heard of them anymore. They always justified it as keeping the herds in check and preventing over population.

  2. SNIPER
    October 28, 2015 at 6:55 am

    OK,now what,,,if the inspector general found that the blm broke the law killing 1794 lives whoms ass is going to jail,,if i caught and sold wild horeses i would be going,,,start at the top jail, fine and fire every sob that works for blm.

    WE THE PEOPLE,,,,

    • B from CA
      October 28, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Sniper:

      I agree with You, Sniper.

      If an ordinary citizen killed one of those horses to feed his family (in Europe and around the world, horse meat is part of the diet). The cops would have the man in handcuffs. And it would be all over the news as if he was Jack the Ripper.

      But when some agency clown kills over a thousand horses; that’s just business I guess.

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