US vows to improve protections for wild horse adoptions
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Steps are in place to protect the health and safety of adopted wild horses and burros through the U.S.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced on Wednesday the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Incentive Program, which will certify the individual who plans on adopting the animals will not knowingly sell or transfer the horses or burros for slaughter or processing into commercial products.
“We are committed to the health and safety of adopted wild horses and burros,” said Nada Wolff Culver, BLM Deputy Director for Programs. “While the vast majority of adopters already adhere to our requirements to provide a good and caring home, the BLM is now taking additional steps to secure the health and safety of adopted animals. We will begin to make additional compliance visits post-adoption, bring more scrutiny to potential adopters, and increase warnings to sale barns about the risks of illegally selling wild horses and burros, among other steps.”
To ensure the adopted animals go to good homes, the BLM limits adopters to assuming title to a maximum of four animals within a 12-month period and prohibits the transfer of the title for at least 12 months from the adoption date. Furthermore, the BLM conducts compliance inspections on animals while in private care prior to the title transfer.
The BLM will continue to work with partners and other stakeholders to evaluate and ensure all adoption applicants provide humane care for the animals by conduction inspections through the Adoption Incentive Program within six months of the adoption date by a certified veterinarian.
Increased warning notices will be posted at livestock sale facilities, highlighting criminal penalties for illegally selling un-titled wild horses and burros, which result in criminal penalties, fines up to $2,000 and imprisonment up to one year.