Thanks to advocates who filmed wild mustangs being whipped in the face, kicked in the head, dragged by a rope and repeatedly shocked during the Nevada roundup this summer, BLM officials were forced to review their procedures.
Sadly the agency concluded that some horses were mistreated during the Triple B roundup, but not to the level of calling it inhumane.
BLM Director Bob Abbey determined that he could fix the “poor practices” exhibited by agency workers and contractors from Sun J Livestock by giving them additional training.
Abbey admitted there were some instances of helicopters following horses too closely or chasing them too long. And he acknowledged that there was “excessive and inappropriate use of electrical prods, as well as wranglers kicking horses, slamming gates against them and twisting their tails to persuade them to load onto trailers.” He told the media this type of treatment would not be tolerated in the future.
“Aggressive and rough handling of wild horses is not acceptable, and we are actively taking steps to ensure that such behavior is not repeated,” said Abbey.
The BLM team that reviewed the videos recommended the agency start tracking incidents of mistreatment; a concept that seems like it should have already been part of the roundup process. They also suggested showing the videos to the workers to help them understand what is considered acceptable behavior toward an animal.
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