Target: Neil Kornze, Director of U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Applaud cancellation of cull that would have killed thousands of wild horses.
A government-sponsored cull of wild horses has been cancelled, meaning that thousands of wild horses will not be pointlessly killed. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the cancellation after animal rights activists, including a petition on ForceChange, expressed outrage about the senseless and violent plan.
Wild horse populations have skyrocketed in recent decades, and experts estimate that there are now about 67,000 horses living in America, mostly in California and Nevada. While such a high number can pose a threat of overgrazing and land encroachment, slaughtering these animals is an unnecessary and excessive solution.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management initially planned to kill thousands of horses, but the plan was met with immediate resistance. In response to the outcry, a bureau spokesman announced that the agency will “continue its current policy of caring for unadopted or unsold wild horses and burros.”
This encouraging reversal serves as proof that dedicated activism can change the world. Sign the petition below and thank the BLM for preserving these wild horses.
Dear Director Kornze,
I am writing to express my relief and satisfaction concerning your department’s decision to cancel a cull that would have killed thousands of wild horses. Though it would have solved the issue of overpopulation, it would have been an inhumane and senseless solution.
I understand the burden that these animals represent, and I appreciate your department’s efforts to care for them. Slaughtering them, however, would be the least desirable option, and I applaud your decision to work towards a more humane solution. Thank you for this decision, and I wish you luck as you work towards a different approach to the matter.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management