BLM Issues New Policy regarding Conditions on Wild Horse and Burro Sales
The Bureau of Land Management today announced a policy – in the form of what’s known as an interim Instruction Memorandum – regarding new conditions and restrictions on wild horse and burro sales. The new policy was prompted by the BLM’s overall effort to improve its management and care of wild horses and burros that roam Western public rangelands.
“Today’s announcement marks another step forward in our agency’s steady improvement in ensuring the health and humane treatment of wild horses and burros, both on and off the range,” said BLM Acting Director Mike Pool.
The new policy, which is effective immediately, will remain so until the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program publishes additional guidance on wild horse and burro sales.
The policy stipulates that:
• No more than four wild horses and/or wild burros may be bought by an individual or group within a six-month period from the BLM without prior approval of the Bureau’s Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning.
• When buying wild horses and/or wild burros, purchasers must describe where they intend to keep the animals for the first six months following the sale. Without prior approval from the Assistant Director, the BLM will not sell more than four animals destined for a single location in this six-month period.
• Buyers must provide transportation for the purchased animal from the BLM’s short-term holding corrals or other locations to its new home. Specifics regarding acceptable trailers can be obtained from the new interim policy, which is posted at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/regulations/Instruction_Memos_and_Bulletins/national_instruction/2013/IM_2013-032.html.
• The BLM will inspect trailers and reserves the right to refuse loading if the trailer does not ensure the safety and humane transport of the animal.
The BLM encourages anyone who has observed inhumane treatment or the sale to a slaughterhouse of a federally protected wild horse or burro, or who has factual information about such an incident, to contact the Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826) with your name, contact information, and specific information about what you saw or know about.