Senate Appropriators call for the Mandate of Fertility Control for Wild Horses while Maintaining the Continued Wipeout of Herds
Taking the lead from an amendment first introduced in the U.S. House in July 2020, Senate appropriators introduced language in the FY22 spending bill that would require the Bureau of Land Management to utilize $11 million of their budget to implement fertility control. While this is a welcome advancement for the humane management of our nation's mustangs, the Senate's proposed budget for the agency continues to fund the overall directive to wipeout horse herds throughout the West.
In total, the Senate allocated $152 million (a $35M+ increase from FY21) for the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program, which mirrors the amount President Biden requested in his FY22 budget proposal. Under the leadership of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the Biden administration has chosen to continue with Trump's strategy that called for accelerated roundups and stockpiling horses in long-term holding facilities.
The wild horse and burro program receives a $35.8 million increase to accelerate removals from degraded and drought-plagued areas, to house horses off-range, and to jumpstart a fertility control program to reduce the future horse population. — U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, October 18, 2021
This is all thanks to the nefarious Path Forward, 10 Years to AML agenda that was pitched to the BLM, the Forest Service, the National Park Service, and members of Congress beginning as early as 2018. Following the permissive lead of the Path Forward plan, the BLM submitted their own required report to Congress, which contained parallel tenets — notably to bring the entire population of wild horses and burros on public lands to BLM's unfounded Appropriate Management Level (AML), which is only 27,000 animals.
BLM plans to remove about 11,000 wild horses and burros from federal rangelands during this fiscal budget cycle, with intentions to ramp that up in fiscal 2022 to about 20,000 animals. With Congress bolstering the agency with increased funding, the near future for wild horses is grim. With less than 1% of the BLM's budget being spent on fertility control, one of the few footholds to help keep wild horses on the range is to increase the use of porcine zona pellucida (PZP), a safe and reversible form of birth control.
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