The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund are pleased that Interior bill provides $6 million for a pilot program to move the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program away from lethal management methods like slaughter. The language for the pilot program included in the FY20 report directs the BLM to use science-based fertility control tools. Those tools do not include sterilization. Consistent with a strategy proposed by the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the Humane Society of the United States and several other organizations, the language directs the BLM to work with key stakeholders to implement a non-lethal, science-based approach to wild horse and burro management on 2-3 herd management areas. This will involve vigorous application of fertility control alongside strategic removals, the relocation of removed horses and burros to pasture facilities, and increased focus on adoptions. This is the first time that lawmakers have championed such a multifaceted, non-lethal wild horse and burro management concept, historic achievement. We will continue to work with appropriators to ensure that scientifically-proven, reversible fertility control tools become the heart of the BLM’s wild horse and burro management. 

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