Protect Horses From Brutal Heat

Target: Neil Kornze, Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director

Goal: Properly protect thousands of horses under government care

Just outside Reno, Nevada, almost 2,000 wild horses are housed in a makeshift facility run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) while awaiting adoption. Unfortunately for these animals, temperatures in the Reno area have recently reached record highs of well over 100 degrees. While horses can withstand reasonable heat, these are extreme temperatures that can be highly dangerous and even lethal for these animals. Faced with budget problems and caught unprepared, the BLM has so far only installed a sprinkler system to cope with the thousands of horses that it has caught but, so far, cannot protect.

For years, animal welfare advocates like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have demanded that the BLM reform its failed wild horse management program, while presenting a new proposal for a system that will reduce agency costs and protect the horse population. In addition, a scientific panel, assembled at the behest of the National Academies of Science National Research Council, conducted two years of studies of the government’s wild horse management problem. This panel agreed with the HSUS in calling for long-term and humane solutions, rather than continuing the ongoing round-ups of wild horses for whom the government cannot competently care.

The HSUS and others have called for the BLM to install shelter for the horses at the center, and do so for the rest of the government agency’s short-term holding facilities. To show your concern for the welfare of these animals, please sign the petition below and demand that Neil Kornze’s Bureau of Land Management protect these horses from extreme heat and possible death.


Dear Deputy Director Neil Kornze:

As part of an animal welfare program, your Bureau of Land Management recently rounded up thousands of wild horses in the Nevada desert and put them in short-term holding facilities. While your agency’s ultimate aim—of protecting the animals and ensuring their adoption—is commendable, you have failed to take into account extreme heat and protect the animals thus far.

Along with the Humane Society of the United States and others concerned about animal welfare, I demand that you immediately build shelters for these animals and make sure that they survive the extreme temperatures in the area in which they’re housed for the moment. If you find that your agency is unable—for budgetary of any other reasons—to properly care for these wild horses, I ask that you release them to their natural home. Anything else would be nothing short of a travesty.


[Your Name Here]

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