In the “truth is stranger than fiction” category, it turns out that the US is also shipping burros to Guatemala. The Bureau of Land Management is in charge of dealing with wild horses and burros in the US. Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society, argues that instead of putting into place a feasible plan of dealing with fertility issues in these wild populations, the government has decided it’s easier to just ship them to Central America.
Pacelle, for one, is not amused. He notes that the program is “at odds with the provisions of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which requires that the BLM’s first priority has to be the humane treatment of wild burros in their care.”
He also sensibly adds that “Guatemala has burros of its own, and does not need shipments of burros compliments of the BLM.” I’ve read many cases of odd foreign aid practices over the years, but this is one of the strangest. Or maybe it’s not foreign aid. Perhaps we are selling the burros to cover the cost of their airfare!