Thursday, August 28, 2008

Slaughter Notes

1) Wild Horses
According to Gorey, there are currently 33,000 wild horses on the range. Range managers say an acceptable level would be 27,300. Meanwhile, 22,000 horses age 5 years and older reside in long-term holding facilities, where they will live out their lives. Another 8,000 potentially adoptable horses reside in short-term facilities where they are maintained until they can be placed in private homes.
Last year, the BLM spent $22 million of its $39 million budget on holding facilities. Next year's costs are projected to account for $26 million of the agency's total $37 million budget.
- source

According to BLM spokesman Tom Gorey, wild horse herds double every four years.

Bonnie Matton, president of the Wild Horse Preservation League, wasn't happy when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it might consider euthanasia as a means to manage wild horse herds, but she wasn't surprised, either.

The agency has long had the legal option to euthanize for management purposes, Gorey said, but has been reluctant to exercise it. Instead, it relied on adoptions to reduce herds. But, thanks to the high costs of fuel and feed, adoptions are on the downslide. In 2007 4,700 wild horses were adopted into private homes, a slide from the 5,700 adopted in 2005. - source

2) Romantic Horse News
there is a cool new adventure company in Bejing that offers wedding photos on horseback in a beautiful setting: this sounds neat and i wanted to mention it.

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