The pressure is working, please help the horses! One letter to one email to BLM!
BLM has created an email address so we can send comments via email once more. The sample letter is courtesy IDA (In Defense of Animals) & AWHPC (American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign), please use, modify, or send your own, but use the same subject.
Please BEGIN COPYING FROM “Working Toward Sustainable Management of America’s Wild Horses and Burros” UNTIL THE VERY END where you enter your name and address.
In other words, copy and paste everything below the ********* until you sign your name and provide your address and send to the email address listed. Thank you!
WHERE TO SEND: email@example.com
SUBJECT: WHB Public Comments
Working Toward Sustainable Management of America’s Wild Horses and Burros
Draft Goals, Objectives and Possible Management Actions
To Whom It Concerns:
Following are my comments on the Department of Interior’s “Wild Horse & Burro Strategy Development Document.”
The current program, which rounds up and removes wild horses and burros by the tens of thousands each year from the Western range, is fiscally unsustainable. For the first time in history, the U.S. government warehouses more wild horses in holding pens and pastures than are left free on the range. America’s wild horses are still waiting for the change that President Obama promised.
In order to put this program on a sustainable track, the BLM must implement an immediate suspension of roundups and shift resources to managing wild horses and burros on the range as Congress intended when it passed the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act. In the spirit of real reform, I offer my specific comments on the strategy document as follows:
TOPIC: Sustainable Herds
– The concept of sustainable herds is based on arbitrary and artificially low “appropriate management levels” (AMLs), which is based on unfair allocation practices and incomplete, faulty range data, by BLM’s own admission.
– Immunocontraception must be utilized when necessary to control wild horse reproduction and avoid mass roundups and removals.
– I oppose castration and spaying of horses and non-reproducing herds on the range.
– I oppose manipulation of sex ratios to manage herds.
– I support increasing available forage for wild horses through the conversion of livestock grazing allotments.
– I urge an immediate moratorium on roundups to prevent creating need for more preserves.
– Preserves must not replace on-the-range management and should only be used to phase out long- and short-term holding. Preserves must be located in Western states.
– Preserves must strive to maintain the social integrity of wild horse herds, allowing horses to live in more natural conditions instead of the current imposition of domestic conditions on horses who are still designated as “wild” under the law.
– I support using the authority the BLM has always had to re-establish wild horse populations in zeroed-out herd areas.
– I support the commitment to not killing horses deemed “excess” and “unadoptable.”
– I support private-public partnerships. BLM must immediately pursue proposals, such as those offered by Madeleine Pickens and Soldier Meadows Ranch/Return to Freedom, to reduce long- and short-term holding.
TOPIC: Treasured Herds
– Congress has already determined that every herd is treasured. I oppose BLM’s proposal to manipulate and micromanage designated herds.
– I support the concept of showcasing certain herds in order to promote awareness of America’s wild horses and burros and the need to protect them.
TOPIC: Adoptions/Private Care
– I oppose any weakening of adoption requirements.
– I oppose financial incentives to increase BLM horse adoptions.
TOPIC: Animal Welfare
– BLM must have complete transparency in all agency operations.
– Interested members of the public must be allowed at all aspects of range monitoring, aerial counts, roundups and all holding facilities. This must not be limited to specific individuals or organizations. Public access must be representational and fair.
TOPIC: Science and Research
– Currently the BLM does not have the science or research needed to manage this program.
-All data gathering (i.e. census, etc.) must be done with independent public observers or with video technology to provide documentation to the public.
– I support a comprehensive review of the program by the National Academy of Sciences – beginning with the scientific/legal basis for the establishment of AMLs, the utilization of on-the-range management options, the environmental assessment process, and operations of BLM as a whole and the field offices.
This Strategy Document is based on a flawed foundation given that the Salazar initiative does not represent the fundamental reform that is needed. While I agree with portions of the initiative, it is premature to forward to Congress.
I urge the BLM to immediately place a moratorium on roundups and schedule public hearings to create a program that upholds the intent of Congress to protect and preserve America’s wild horses and burros.
Thank you for your consideration.
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