With more than 45,000 horses currently in BLM holding facilities, a cost of $80 million a year to taxpayers, what is the best way forward for the horses?
ROAMING WILD is encouraging advocates, ranchers, and government officials to join together on common ground in a sustainable solution for the future of America’s wild horses and the public land they inhabit. The status quo is unsustainable, and we need YOUR HELP to inspire sustainable, humane solutions.
We want a way forward, and PZP fertility control delivered through remote darting is the safest, most humane option currently on the table to keep horses from being rounded up and removed. There are over 20 years of evidence that it is a safe and effective way of provide population stabilization while still allowing horses to remain on the range in their family bands.
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The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization supports the use of proven contraceptive means in wild horses as an alternative to culling, relocation or confinement. Check out their Rethinking the Roundups article and PZP FAQ
Learn more about PZP through the Science & Conservation Center – dedicated to the development of wildlife contraceptives and application methods for humane management of wildlife through fertility control. Check out their Wild Horse PZP Q&A
Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary in partnership with Mount Taylor Mustangs, have pioneered humane no-chase gather methods and piloted an innovative management plan using PZP fertility control in the Carson National Forest in New Mexico that can serve as a model for other programs across the West.
What happens to the thousands of horses that have already been removed from the range and are sitting in government holding facilities? Adoption training programs and wild horse sanctuaries are great solutions for these horses. Mustangs can make incredible companions (see our Horse Human Connection videos) and there are many that need homes. The organizations featured below offer mustangs for adoptions and/or provide sanctuary for those that are un-adoptable.
Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue (featured in the film) provides refuge, training and adoption placement for hundreds of horses. It is the largest wild horse rescue and adoption organization in the United States, and is dedicated to saving American mustangs and domestic horses from abuse, neglect and slaughter through a variety of outreach programs. There are currently more than 500 rescued horses under the organization’s care – many of them looking for good homes.
Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary (featured in the film) provides a haven for a small family band of rescued mustangs in New Mexico while engaging in humane, science-based action to keep mustangs free in the wild.
Return to Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary is dedicated to wild horse preservation by protecting the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses through sanctuary, education and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world.
Mustang Heritage Foundation facilitates successful adoptions for America’s excess mustangs and burros through programs focused on adopters, philanthropists, youth and horse training professionals. Since 2007 the Mustang Heritage Foundation has placed nearly 5,000 BLM held mustang into private care through training and gentling programs.