The BLM outlined its new strategy after intense and prolonged public outcry, including the objections of the ASPCA and our equine welfare partners. We are heartened by the agency’s progressive proposals, including its renewed commitment to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which is studying wild horse management procedures and will make recommendations based on definitive scientific research.
“We’ve taken a top to bottom look at the wild horse and burro program and have come to a straightforward conclusion: We need to move ahead with reforms that build on what is working and move away from what is not,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey in a released statement. “As a first step, we are aiming to increase adoptions and broaden the use of fertility control. And while we do this, we are reducing removals while the NAS helps us ensure that our management is guided by the best available science.”
The BLM’s revised strategy includes:
Commissioning the NAS to study, among other things, rates of population growth, fertility control methods and land capacity for wild horse herds
Developing new strategies, including public adoption, for the long-term care of wild horses that are removed from public lands
Increasing the number of mares administered fertility control from 500 in 2009 to 2,000 annually
Reducing the number of wild horses removed from public lands over the next two years from 10,000 to 7,600 annually
Improving and enhancing humane animal care and handling during roundups as well as at long-term care facilities
Promoting public engagement and recruiting local volunteers to assist with rangeland management
Increasing transparency and openness by giving the public access to horse gathers as well as accurate information about the program in its entirety.
“The ASPCA looks forward to greater transparency in all aspects of the BLM’s wild horse program,” responded Matt Bershadker, ASPCA Senior Vice President. “We are encouraged that the BLM is taking the necessary steps to correct its inhumane and fiscally irresponsible policies before America’s wild horses are completely eradicated, but more than 15,000 wild horses and burros are still slated to be rounded up over the next two years, adding to the tens of thousands of wild horses currently languishing in long-term holding pens.”
Most Americans strongly oppose the use of battery cages, gestation crates and veal crates to cruelly confine animals on factory farms—and so does the ASPCA. We are proud to announce that we will be joining a growing list of animal welfare, family farming, food safety and environmental groups in support of the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act to end the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens in Washington.
Nearly six million egg-laying hens in the state of Washington are forced to spend their entire lives crammed in small wire cages with less space than a sheet of paper to live. If passed, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act would require that egg-laying hens have enough room to turn around and extend their wings. The measure would also make the sale of eggs from battery cage facilities illegal.
“Intensive confinement of factory farm animals is not only inhumane, but also harmful to public health and the environment,” says Matt Bershadker, Senior Vice President of Anti-Cruelty at the ASPCA. “We hope that efforts such as the one in Washington will continue to spread across the country, and that the cruel practices of factory farms will be a thing of the past.”
If approved by voters, the measure will take effect in 2018, giving producers more than six years to transition to more humane housing systems.
Take Action! You can make a difference in the lives of millions of battery hens by supporting the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act in any way you can. If you're a Washington resident, please visit www.humanewa.com for more ways you can get involved and help transform your state into a leader in humane farming.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit. And shelters across the nation are celebrating by inviting the public to hop on over to take advantage of the rabbit adoption specials being offered.
It is estimated that more than 1 million households have rabbits as family members and for good reason—they are intelligent, curious and loving pets. But adopter beware, our little hoppers also need specialized care. Rabbits are often seen as low-maintenance starter pets for kids, but our experts warn that nothing could be further from the truth. Rabbits are physically delicate and fragile, and require specialized veterinary care. Thousands are abandoned at animal shelters every year for this reason.
We've put together a list of the tips for living with a bunny companion.
They make great companions! Rabbits can be trained to use the litter box, they'll come when called, and their all-time favorite activities are to dig and chew. Who knew? The sometimes sweet, sometimes sassy rabbit can be a great pet for the right family.
Rabbits can’t live outdoors! Outside, rabbits can die of fright and are susceptible to diseases spread by ticks and other parasites. They prefer to live in the cozy comforts of a home, just like cats and dogs.
Your rabbit will need at least two hours free time to run around and play, so it’s important to bunny-proof your home. Preventing rabbits from chewing on electrical cords is of utmost importance, since rabbits can be badly burned or electrocuted.
If you've done the research and understand exactly what rabbits need—big-time digging and chewing—then you’re ready for a cotton-tailed friend. Be sure to make adoption your first option, and have your new bunny spayed or neutered.
For more information, peruse our webpage on rabbit care.
An ASPCA team member rescues one of the hundreds of dogs at the failed One More Chance Rescue and Adoption.
Yesterday, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team helped remove 349 living and 76 dead dogs from the failed One More Chance Rescue and Adoption, an unsanitary and overcrowded facility in Springfield, Ohio.
“The shelter operator intended to save animals at risk of euthanasia, but did not have the resources or capacity to provide adequately for these animals,” said Kyle Held, the ASPCA’s Midwest Director of Field Investigations and Response. “Many of the dogs discovered on the property are in critical condition and in varying stages of illness.”
The dogs were seized by the Clark County Humane Society and are being transferred to an emergency shelter at an undisclosed location in Franklin County, where they will be triaged by veterinarians from various groups including Ohio State University. The ASPCA remains in Ohio collecting evidence for potential criminal charges.
Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for more information on this case, and read this week’s News Alert for updated information and more photos from the scene.
A video released this week by Greyhound advocacy group Grey2K USA shows horrifying injuries incurred at the Tri-State Racetrack in Cross Lanes, West Virginia—highlighting the suffering of racing dogs across the United States.
“According to newly obtained state records, at least 3,208 greyhound injuries have been reported at this track since 2005, and nearly 200 dogs have died. Further, it’s likely that the actual number of injuries is even higher, as the state still refuses to produce several months of records,” Grey2K said in an email to supporters.
Grey2K Executive Director Carey Theil told West Virginia’s Charleston Daily Mail that "in terms of the raw number of injuries, this is the largest we have seen for a single track by far."
Though ASPCA racing specialist Ann Church called Tri-State Racetrack’s injury record “appalling,” she emphasized that the injuries were not at all uncommon. “This is what happens at all Greyhound racing tracks, and that is why we are making the end of racing a priority within the ASPCA.”