Wild Horse Education

Adopt a Burro (Twin Peaks)

Young burro with a floppy ear at Litchfield, showing tag number.

Sometimes we get multiple email requests referencing a specific subject. When we get repetitive requests on a single subject we try to do an article. Right now, we are getting emails asking where people can adopt a burro from Twin Peaks.

We recently visited the Litchfield corrals in California. There are dozens of burros from the Twin Peaks roundup available at Litchfield. Young and older, if you are looking for a burro, you can find on at Litchfield. Contact info for Litchfield can be found HERE. 

You will need to have an approved application to adopt. You can find info in the side bar on the BLM website HERE.

You can also visit the online corral. BLM has been loading the online corral for each auction with more wild horses and burros than ever before. Every time a horse or burro is offered for adoption, but not adopted, it gets a “strike” in a 3-strike system that moves the horse or burro closer to something called “sale.” The biggest difference (besides price) between adoption and sale is the title transfer that accelerates the timeframe of transfer to “immediate.” This can place the animal into immediate risk of turnaround that lands them in a private auction and going to slaughter (after title transfer they loose their status as “wild” and any protection that goes with it. (more HERE)

If you are looking for a burro you can get one at the facility and save the burro from the dangers of the Adoption Incentive Program (AIP) or immediate turnaround to auction where brokers will jack up the prices as they create a very lucrative and predatory market.

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For burros that market includes the very real danger of being sold for its hide in the worldwide market for Ejiao. Ejiao is substance used in Chinese medicine. Burro worldwide have joined the Tiger, bear bile farms, and more, as victims of these unfounded practices that place wildlife at risk of cruel practices.

It may seem overly obvious to state that burros are not horses. But many burros end up where people do not know how to care for them. Even BLM does not treat burros differently than they treat horses both on the range and after capture. This leads to avoidable suffering and death. (You can learn more HERE)

If you are considering a burro you may be saving a life.

If you own a burro, kiss your long-ears and remind them they are in a safe forever home and are cherished.

Yes, I’m a mule baby boy.

Out at Twin Peaks it is not unheard of to see several mules.

There will be 3 mule babies on the next BLM internet adoption, 2 boys and one girl. We asked if BLM would allow them to be adopted outside the internet auction and they said “no.” So if you have dreamed of owning a BLM branded mule, check the next BLM auction that will begin the end of June. The current auction ends June 27th and they will start loading the next immediately (HERE).

We are continuing our fight to stop numerous roundup plans and push lawmakers to get involved. Our investigations into the the program continue. Our teams are in the field and preparing to address abuse at roundups

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