Wild Horse Protection Organization releases welfare report

Wild horses in a temporary corral

Repetitive electric shock during charging

Repetitive electric shock during charging

The BLM CAWP program is riddled with loopholes, lack of transparency, and zero consequence.

Revise the CAWP, create consequences and ensure transparency; it is the only responsible course of action that a taxpayer-funded agency should take.

— Laura Leigh, President of Wild Horse Education

RENO, NEVADA, USA, October 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — An internationally recognized wild horse protection organization, the leading organization in the fight against abusive practices, has released a revealing report on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP). The report from Education of wild horses (WHE) addresses shortcomings in the program, from lack of transparency to repetitive abuses that are allowed to continue without real consequence.

“BLM has utterly failed to prioritize one of the main tenets of humane law, management and care,” said Laura Leigh, president of WHE. “A roundup is an event where the whole agency’s attitude is front and center when it comes to the welfare of wild horses and burros. What the public sees, time and time again, reinforces the lack confidence in any action the agency takes, from counting people on the course to asserting protections from sale to cull.Change is long overdue…the public is waiting.

The CAWP Program was formalized by the BLM at the start of fiscal year 2016. The agency promised reviews of roundup operations, extension of the program to detention, annual reviews, and policy revision. In addition, the agency had to create a set of consequences that included cessation of operations, a written reprimand, and termination of contract opportunities.

From 2016 to 2020, the agency did not perform a single evaluation or review of an existing standard. An online assessment tool was provided with the establishment of the program in 2016. The public was informed that the training had started and the tool was being used; a report will soon be made public. In 2021, the agency admitted that no assessments had been made and that none would be completed during that time.

In 2021, the agency began assessing capture operations and detention facilities. In a statement to the public, the newly hired BLM CAWP Team Leader said her goal was to “establish standards, standards training, assessment tool” to “document, share, learn.”

The 2023 fiscal year has begun. Six years after the program’s inception, the CAWP team leader said (at a recent BLM advisory board meeting) that training is being refined and standards for assessment and care are in place. creative course.

During this same six-year period, monitors continued to document repeated abuses during capture and detention. Additionally, our team documented a general lack of knowledge on the part of BLM staff on the standards outlined in the CAWP. WHE watchers continue to capture images and video of wild horses and burros slamming into unmarked barbed wire, colts being left behind as their bands are pursued at a speed the colts simply cannot match, the widespread use of electric prods, avoidable broken limbs and necks. Simple preventative measures such as lowering a trailer to minimize injury while loading are ignored.

“Why is it important to observe wild horse roundups? It is a layer of public oversight that produces critical documentation that would otherwise not be revealed to the public, our elected officials, and even officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management,” said Colette Kaluza. , The WHE CAWP Team. “Having seen more than 100 days in roundups, my presence puts pressure on the muster operation to follow the humane treatment policy, but even then the animals are treated inhumanely in numbers and in degrees, which is completely unacceptable. The information we provide could be valuable to anyone looking to improve the program, but we are being ignored. »

Not a single capture operation has been stopped (or even delayed) by the agency to deal with repeat offences. No lucrative contracts were affected. Not a single employee received a permanent citation from his file. In fact, it appears that the BLM favors these employees and these same employees continue to write lead capture plans and takedown operations.

The organization has called for a meeting to urge the agency to implement immediate changes before the start of the BLM roundup schedule for 2023 later this month.

The report and recommendations include a cover letter and 3 documents: Assessment of the Evaluation Process and Policy Change, Programmatic Recommendations and the team included the WHE CAWP team’s assessment of the recent roundup Triple B for comparison with BLM paper rating the same. These documents can be found at organizations website.

Quotes from the WHE team:

“I am rather optimistic that the vast experience and knowledge of WHE will be carefully considered and implemented in an impartial manner. For only with transparency and an honest voice can we speak their truth working together for a better treatment of our revered living symbols of the historical and pioneering spirits of the West.” ~Marie Milliman, WHE CAWP Team.

“As a member of the WHE CAWP team, my job is to document to expose in order to create awareness of the improvements needed and for the reports we produce to be recognized for their indispensable value. We have recommendations that can address the neglect and abuse of these animals to make roundups safer. How are things changing for the better? By engaging with defenders on the pitch and using their expertise. ~ Colette Kaluza, WHE CAWP team.

“The time for BLM to stop creating bureaucratic processes, holding meetings, creating slideshows and crafting PR messages, has long since expired. The public expects concrete actions that result in change visible in what is observed and the consequences of violations Changing what the public sees by reworking a roundup access policy to create new limitations and discrimination, or closing the doors of facilities, is not an appropriate action Revising the CAWP, creating consequences and ensuring transparency is the only responsible course of action a taxpayer-funded agency should take.” Laura Leigh, President of WHE.

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