Halt BLM’s Deadly Wild Horse Roundups

emaciated foal

Emaciated foal in BML pen. wildhorsepreservation.org

I was horrified as I wrote the post for this week’s cause at BtC4animals.com. As the plight of wild horses continues, please, don’t let them slip from view or we may never see them again.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is zeroing out wild mustangs in Nevada and California this summer, just as they already have in other states. These lands, protected by the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, are now the grave to 10% of herds driven off by the thousands. The injured are shot and killed as a result of broken legs, necks and dehydration while chased by helicopter in the dead heat of summer.

BLM claims they aren’t managing horse areas for the revenue of sheep and cattle ranchers who lease land and water resources, yet BLM continues to fence off water and remove the horses they are required to protect. Only a small fraction of the horses are “adopted” from BLM holding pens. Most are are sold to Mexico for slaughter or transported to inhospitable lands to whither away.

Excellent coverage of the situation from 8 News Now, Las Vegas:

We must speak out or our tax dollars make us complicit.  I’m screaming at the top of my lungs in opposition.  I implore you to do the same. Don’t just spread the word and hope somebody else takes action… ACT NOW!

  • Call the White House Switchboard at (202) 456-1111 and politely tell the President to halt wild horse roundups. Tell the operator that you are a voter and will be watching what the Administration does on this issue. Keep trying if the line is busy!
  • Send an email using this easy click and send tool. Just add a personal message at the end saying “I endorse the unified call for a halt to all summer roundups and full transparency in all BLM wild horse operations.”

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T ACT?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVSIDHTOc-g

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Additional educational resources are available at BtC4animals.com thanks to The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Madeleine Pickens and her Saving America’s Mustangs Foundation, the ASPCA, The Cloud Foundation and numerous other organizations who issue this unified call to President Obama to intervene to stop deadly summer roundups of America’s mustangs and institute full transparency in BLM’s wild horse operations.

Comments

  1. It makes me so sad and angry to hear about the Wild Horses being rounded up from their natural habitat by the governmental organization that is supposed to be protecting them.

    Thanks for linking up with the Pet Bloggers Blog Hop. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend.

    Felissa, Davinia, and Indiana
    http://www.twolittlecavaliers.blogspot.com

    • I'm furious. I can't get this video out of my head. How do the people responsible not see these animals – I mean REALLY see them as living, breathing, FEELING beings? And those that do, how can they just stand by and do nothing?

  2. Wow. I heard about the round up and was appalled by the needless killing of countless mustangs, but this makes me mad. I was out in Sparks, Nevada several years ago and saw a huge compound housing hundreds of these horses in several pens. It makes me mad to think that these horses were likely sold for slaughter. What the hell is wrong with us when we allow this to happen and do nothing? These mustangs are a part of our history!

    Will be e-mailing AND signing the petition. Thanks for sharing this info Kim.

    • Thank you, Mel. It's so frustrating to see the amount of traffic that comes through this post result in very few clicks to help. Thank you for not being one to close your eyes.

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