Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program
Humane Treatment During All Phases of the Program
The BLM protects the health and welfare of wild horses and burros from the time they are on the range, through the gather and removal process and through the adoption or sale programs to when the animal is titled as an adopter’s own animal.
The BLM provides comprehensive protection for wild horses and burros under its Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP), which can be accessed here. Specific animal welfare standards for the care and handling of wild horses and burros by BLM and contractor personnel during gather operations can be accessed here.
The CAWP consolidates and highlights BLM’s policies and procedures for protecting animal welfare and documents how the agency and its contractors handle and care for the animals. The goal of the policy is to ensure that the responsible and humane care of wild horses and burros remains a priority for the BLM and its contractors at all times. The ongoing performance of the Program will be reported on the BLM’s Website and to Congress.
The BLM is exploring partnerships that further the CAWP objectives. Currently, the BLM has a partnership with the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to have veterinarians assist the BLM with animal evaluation and care on the range, at gathers and holding facilities and during compliance checks on adopted animals.