May 20, 2005

Ford teams with U.S. government to protect wild mustangs

Hot Springs, South Dakota – The Ford Motor Company has announced that it will provide aid to help save about 2,000 wild mustangs that currently face an uncertain future. The company is also working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to establish a fund that will enable the public to contribute financial support to help maintain the wild horses.

While working with the BLM on a broader plan to provide safeguards for the horses’ continued protection, Ford interceded at the agency’s request on April 25 to prevent the slaughter of wild mustangs. The horses were no longer in the BLM’s control and had been sent to a processing facility for slaughter. Ford purchased the 52 horses and donated them to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary outside Hot Springs, South Dakota.

The new initiative will help ensure that larger numbers of wild mustangs are relocated to good homes, primarily at non-profit sanctuaries and Native American reservations. Nearly 32,000 wild horses and burros roam public lands managed by the BLM in ten Western states, and with almost no natural predators, their numbers can double every five years. To maintain populations in balance with habitat, the BLM removes excess animals from the rangelands and places them into private ownership.

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