Target: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director, Neil Kornze
Goal: Stop removing wild horses from the range because it is endangering their lives.
Recently, the media was filled with news about Grulla Stallion #3907 who had been captured wrongfully in Utah by the Bureau of Land Management. Unfortunately, it was later reported that the animal perished while BLM was gelding him, a practice that they conduct for all stallions when preparing them for the sanctuary.
The plight of this 26-year-old animal that was once wild and free before being imprisoned captured the hearts of many animal lovers. For 26 years, stallion #3907 enjoyed freedom in the wild, living and surviving on the ranges until BLM descended on him and recaptured him after failing in an initial attempt. The animal was separated from his family and taken to the holding corrals in Utah, crushing his spirit and endangering his life.
The death of stallion #3907 illustrates the real cost of BLM’s program on rounding up wild horses. Before his demise, animal lovers and activists across America had requested BLM to return the animal and his companions back to the wild, but the agency ignored these requests. Instead, BLM went ahead to auction #3907 to a breeder in the Pacific Northwest.
For five months, the stallion spent time in a confined breeding pen until the new breeder gave him up. An active animal advocate who had been tirelessly trying to save #3907 stepped in and secured his placement with a horse sanctuary.
Stallion #3907 was part of a larger rescue of other horses. Other captured horses were successfully gelded without any complications. Reports indicate that BLM horses have succumbed over the years from complications resulting from gelding.
Stallion #3907 represents thousands of wild horses that are rounded up each year and removed from their natural homes and families on the range. His demise clearly explains why BLM needs to end the practice of capturing wild horses. The death of this animal is a clear sign that the only place for a wild horse is nowhere else but the wild.
Sign this petition to demand that BLM stop capturing wild horses and removing them from the range.
Dear Neil Kornze,
The world learned about the death of Grulla Stallion #3907 just five months after you removed him from his natural habitat. For 26 years, #3907 had enjoyed freedom in the wild, living and surviving on the ranges until you descended on him and placed him under confinement. You separated the animal from his family and crushed his spirit while endangering his life.
The death of stallion #3907 is a clear indication that BLM’s program on capturing wild horses needs to be reviewed. Prior to his death, animal lovers and activists had requested that #3907 be returned to the wild, but you ignored these calls. Instead, you went ahead and auctioned the horse.
Stallion #3907 succumbed while being gelded, a practice that can be life-threatening. The horse represents thousands of wild horses that you round up every year and place under confinement. It is high time you review the BLM round up program and make necessary changes. Take action towards this positive cause to preserve the lives of wild horses.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Brian Obudho