The controversy between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Animal Humane Society is a volatile subject. Documented on the BLM website the organization states, “The Bureau of Land Management protects, manages, and controls wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands.
The BLM manages these living symbols of the Western spirit as part of its multiple-use mission under the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act. ” The controversy is not about whether or not the wild horses and burros of North America need to be managed, but about the techniques BLM uses to manage them is humane. The BLM website gives their requirements of policies to be conducted during a wild horse roundup, http://www. blm. gov/wo/st/en/info/regulations/Instruction_Memos_and_Bulletins/national_instruction/2013/IM_2013-059.html. This is where the controversy begins, with well documented videos of these so called humane wild horse roundups by such foundations such as The Cloud Foundation and humane associations, it has been proven of the 24 policies listed on the BLM website for the round up and capture of wild horses these policies are neglected during their roundups. Not only do these organizations have video of the roundups but TV news stations as well have aired their own videos on television.
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The fight between BLM and the humane organizations has been going on for decades and even presented in court to federal judges who shut down the operations immediately. The question is does BLM need to thin out the herds or are they being pressured by ranchers who do not want to share the grazing lands or water with their livestock. The government BLM says they are trying to help the animals because they are starving, but critics say the roundup is torturing these animals. The bottom line, BLM has in place the policies to be conducted during a wild horse and burro roundup,