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.”
- Sign the petition to stop summer roundups of wild horses and burros at Change.org.
- Tell BLM to protect the wild horses and burros in their charge. Please personalize and send this letter (provided by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign) to comment on the BLM’s Draft Strategy Development Document. Be sure to keep your comments organized in the categories listed. Deadline: Monday September 3, 2010.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T ACT?
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.