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Beginning in early November, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) helicopters will descend on the remote Beatys Butte Herd Management Area (HMA) in southern Oregon. Their target: 1,500 federally-protected wild horses living peacefully on nearly 400,000 acres of public land in that area.

When the roundup is over, the lives of these noble mustangs will be shattered – their families torn apart, their freedom just a memory.  Some will not survive the roundup, perishing from injuries sustained during the helicopter stampede or in the trap pens. Many more will perish in the months following the roundup in the holding facilities where they will be held in feedlot pens for “processing” and warehousing.

America’s wild horses and burros are protected under federal law as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that … enrich the lives of the American people.” The law is supposed to protect wild free-roaming horses and burros from “capture, branding, harassment, or death.” 

holding pen blm 1Bureau of Land Management

So What is Going on Here?

Two words: livestock industry. The ranchers that form the Beatys Butte Grazing Association hold permits to graze cattle on the public lands designated as habitat for the Beatys Butte wild horses. These ranchers pay grazing fees that are a fraction of market rate, thanks to our tax subsidies. They view mustangs – cherished by millions of Americans – as competition for this cheap grazing, and they want them gone.  They have been lobbying the BLM to remove wild horses from the area. The BLM, an agency run by and for the ranchers, is only too happy to comply.

The American taxpayers, who strongly support wild horse protection, but will pay $1 million for the helicopter roundup and as much as $75 million for the lifetime warehousing of the horses in a system where an astounding 50,000 captured mustangs and burros are already stockpiled.

There is a better way.

HELICOPTER STAMPEDE 1Bureau of Land Management



In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences recommended that the BLM utilize humane fertility control strategies – including the PZP birth control vaccine — as an alternative to the costly removals of animals for managing population numbers. The PZP vaccine has been used for more than two decades to successfully and humanely manage wildlife populations – including wild horses – throughout the world.

Instead of heeding the NAS’ recommendations and utilizing available technology to humanely manage wild horses on the range, the BLM continues to wring its hands and claim that the only thing it can do is remove more and more wild horses from the range. This attitude has resulted in the absurd situation we have today with as many wild horses warehoused in holding facilities as remain free on the range.

Helping Oregon’s Horses

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In Oregon, as nationally, wild horses are present on less than 20 percent of BLM land grazed by livestock. Conflicts between ranchers and wild horses can be resolved – there is a will and there is a way:

  • BLM must stop the brutal roundups and start humanely managing wild horses on the range utilizing the best option available today – the PZP birth control vaccine.
  • BLM must start treating wild horses and burros fairly by increasing the numbers of these iconic animals that are allowed to live on our public lands and reducing livestock grazing in wild horse and burro habitat.
  • BLM should offer retirement of livestock grazing permits in mustang country and create a mechanism to allow for compensation of ranchers for non-use of their grazing permits. This will be far more cost-effective than continuing to round up, remove and stockpile wild horses in holding facilities.

Sign the petition against the Mega Mustang Roundup in Oregon and join the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign’s efforts Keep Wild Horses and Burros Wild.

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51 comments on “Wild Horses in Oregon Threatened By Livestock Industry. How You Can Help Now!”

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Luchie de Leon
11 Months Ago

Noooooo!!! Can human just leave this planet alone?!??!?!?

Jeff Harris
11 Months Ago

Y is it no is feeling bad for the plants they are living thing to how about the fish or that dog or cat that over the years have made a domesticated animal the list goes on your right don't kill the horses not right but just think about it for a minute you all are doing your part in some way to torture animals

Elisa Alexander
11 Months Ago

Is there a link to the Petition? I did not see it? Please tag me in your answer!!

Rick Dovel
11 Months Ago

I think vegetables tastes great with meat.

Patricia Moore
11 Months Ago

Share to help. From Spain. Good luck Oregon

Debbie Guglietti
11 Months Ago

Leave them alone

Flavia Tunes
11 Months Ago

Sergius Tunes!

Sergius Tunes
24 Oct 2015

Aqui a luta ganha momento e se torna acirrada. O povo oregoniano é forte, politicamente. Mas vamos ver. Vou entrar nesta luta.

Evelyn B Mitchell
11 Months Ago

The people in Mexico be getting our horse are years. It no different them China eating dogs. I believe it China . I know it one of countries over there

Mark Garfinkle
11 Months Ago


Midi Ong
11 Months Ago

Leave those horses alone...


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