BLM Director Speaks At Horse Slaughter Conference

Wild horse advocates are furious with U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey for the keynote address he will give this week at a controversial conference sponsored by a group that promotes euthanasia and “humane slaughter” as a way of controlling mustang herds.


United Horsemen is the organization behind the “Summit of the Horse” conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Wyoming-based nonprofit group is currently lobbying for a slaughterhouse in their state where horses could be killed for human consumption.


Sue Wallis who is a rancher and founder of United Horsemen said the purpose of the summit is to find solutions to deal with the excess numbers of horses on federal land.


But the group’s website clearly states United Horsemen was formed for two key issues:

  1. To restore humane and regulated horse slaughter in the U.S. and
  2. To control the overpopulation of wild and feral horses on federal, state, tribal, and private lands.

The list of speakers also points to a conference with an agenda. 


The BLM chief will be talking alongside the USDA Slaughter Horse Transport Program, a Livestock Roundup Company that captures wild horses and burros, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and several representatives from Canada’s horse slaughter program.


The agenda even includes a lecture from a self-proclaimed “internationally renowned expert on the radical agenda and tactics of animal rights organizations worldwide.”


Ginger Kathrens, director of the horse advocacy group Cloud Foundation said, “The BLM’s significant participation in this slaughter summit is truly troubling.” 


“The BLM needs to change course and begin listening to the American people who are calling for the protection and preservation of our wild herds, not to those who would profit from their flesh,” continued Kathrens.


BLM spokesperson Celia Boddington said Abbey is going to the summit because he has “an obligation to talk to all sides of the issue.”


“Since he has become BLM Director, Bob has emphasized outreach to all different groups on this issue,” she told the Associated Press.  “It’s simply inappropriate for one side to say whom the BLM should be talking to.  Everybody has a place at the table,” continued Boddington.


Boddington added that Abbey and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar remain firmly opposed to euthanasia for wild horses and burros.


The summit is expected to draw government officials, sportsmen, wildlife advocates, tribal officials, ranchers and experts in horse management. 


United Horsemen admit they want to change Abbey’s policy.


Wallis summed it up this way, “What the federal government is doing is settling up a welfare entitlement program for horses, and we think it’s ridiculous.  We want horse processing to come back to the U.S. so we can oversee it and ensure it’s done properly.”


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Patricia G.
Patricia G6 years ago


Suze O.
Suze Q6 years ago

The BLM is a deplorable agency and nothing they say or do holds any credence. Why the destruction of the wild horses, is this for the benefit of the ranchers? with government?,,,,,,favors for campaign contributors?.....who knows unless it is investigated.........If it is government run and the BLM is, it is not reliable.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton6 years ago

I hope all that voted to kill the horses here and send their meat to France should rot in hell. I totally hope what goes around comes around back to you!!!

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

This stinks. The BLM is a spokesman for the cattlemen. The BLM rejected a perfect solution by Madeleine ______, who would put the mustangs on a large land she owns. The round-ups and corralling cost taxpayers huge sums, and her program would cost less. America has basicly rejected horse meat for our consumption. Do these guys want to make a profit by shipping over to France? We closed down a couple slaughter houses in Texas that used to slaughter for French consumption.

I don't believe Abbey and Salazar when they say that they don't believe in euthanasia. And the filthiest lie is: "We want horse processing to come back to the U.S., so that we can ensure that it's done properly." HAR. HAR. HAR.

Don't let these greedy bastards make money off America's legacy of wild mustang herds.

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

Ginger Kathryns knows what she's talking about. She has spent years following Cloud and his band of mares, as well as Cloud's relatives. She's stated flat out that many of the mares in Cloud's band didn't get in-foal, even though they were in their prime and had produced before..........after being "darted" by the BLM. Supposedly, this only lasts one breeding season, but those mares have been unable to get in foal now for over five years. Dart the less desirable mares & geld the worst of the colts & leave the rest ALONE! The BLM is corrupt. I don't believe Salazar's against euthanizing the horses, that is unless they can't be sold for a profit for him & his cronies........after all, he's a cattle rancher! Anyone else see the conflict of interest?

Jami Winn
Jami Winn6 years ago

a really good way to not have too many wild untamed horses is to LEAVE THEM ALONE

irene davis
irene davis7 years ago

thanks for posting this.

Jan Garen
Jan Garen7 years ago

There is certainly a surplus of the human species - all of the animal abusers.That is what the planet needs to get rid of.

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer M7 years ago

Sterilize them!! Don't effing kill them. Stupid humans.

Tim R.
Tim R7 years ago

Wild horses are a non-native species that have no natural predators, and left unchecked they take a tremendous toll on the environment. For those who believe that wild horses shouldn’t be rounded up and controlled, I say put forth another reasonable population control plan and stand by it. The death of countless native species is certainly not a fair trade-off. The BLM has 32 THOUSAND wild horses and burros available for adoption held in corals, and their numbers continue to grow because those demanding that wild horses be cared for aren’t stepping up to adopt them. If wild horses are so important, then step up and care for these animals.

Donation and adoption information can be found here:

There are another 37 thousand wild horses and burros still roaming free, which still exceeds the carrying capacity of the lands they occupy by 10 thousand animals. The BLM’s budget for the wild horse program is $75.7 million for 2011, and the vast majority of that budget will be spent on caring for the 32 thousand animals held in captivity awaiting adoption. Most of the lands that are occupied by wild horses are very sensitive arid biomes that will take decades to recover from the damage wild horses do. If you really care about wildlife, then argue that the native fauna and flora should be restored and protected … or are they less important than the feral animals introduce