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Please help to save America’s wild horses: four sample letters

July 27, 2011
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From Saving the American Wild Horse

America’s wild horses are being managed to extinction by the Bureau of Land Management. With dramatic footage, the new film Wild Horses & Renegades exposes abusive taxpayer-funded roundups of the few remaining American wild horses, which are then starved, abused and sold for adoption or to Mexican slaughterhouses for human consumption. Shot in HD, Wild Horses & Renegades captures the pure and stunning beauty of horses in the wild in contrast with the mismanagement of our last wild public lands.

“If the public could view what’s being done to wild horses, the public would stand up and take action. This is not a film just about America’s wild horses; this is a film about what is happening to America itself!” — Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves.

This issue needs the support of the American public. Please lend some time to this issue by sending the below letters to the associated addresses, either online or via post. Please note that you will need a valid zipcode to contact the administration.


Please scroll down or click on the following for the addresses (email or webform and postal). sample letters (some webforms may limit characters so you will need to modify and shorten letter), and phone/fax numbers:

SAMPLE LETTER ONE | TO YOUR CONGRESSPEOPLE

SAMPLE LETTER TWO | TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

SAMPLE LETTER THREE | TO KEN SALAZAR

SAMPLE LETTER FOUR | TO ROBERT ABBEY


RELATED | U2 for the documentary film Wild Horses & Renegades

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CONTACTING YOUR CONGRESS PEOPLE

http://www.congress.org/

~ See Find your lawmakers, tell them what you think under Get Involved at top to the right.

SAMPLE LETTER FOR YOUR CONGRESS PEOPLE

The Honorable

Washington, D.C. 20510-0606

July 26, 2011

Dear

I am writing to ask you to stop immediately the round-up of wild horses and burros, removing them from our public lands. I am also asking you to place the healthy animals back into the wild, from which they were removed, without sterilizing them. These round-ups break up family structures and bonds and destroy long-standing mare/stallion relationships, and they remove all older, wise horses, who are responsible for naturally managing the welfare of the herds. The BLM’s strategy of “management for extinction” has almost completely eradicated the wild horse, as was the intention. The round-ups must stop now in order for them to survive.

The removals and round-ups are brutal, unjustified scientifically, and expensive. Moreover, the holding facilities, both short- and long-term, are expensive and inhumane. I resent that I am paying for this atrocity through support of my own government, and your actions go against the overwhelming majority will of the people.

The wild horse originated on this continent over 58 million years ago. There were over 2 million free roaming wild horses and burros in 1900. Now, there are an estimated 12,000 – 15,000 in the wild, and over 40,000 warehoused in holding facilities, costing the American tax payer over $120,000/DAY. Most of the herds that are targeted are thriving prior to the round-ups, contrary to the disinformation spread by the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management. Moreover, on these same lands, in 2010, the BLM sold over 12.5 million grazing permit units, which translates into even more animals allowed to graze on these same lands that you claim cannot sustain small herds of 30 or more horses. Our government LOSES millions of dollars each year on this grazing for cattle, sheep and goats, for such things as range improvement and grazing management, along with the horse holding facilities costs. Horses crop of the tops of grasses and shrubs, making the grass roots stronger, and fortifying the land. Cows, as an example, pull grass up from the roots. The round-ups themselves are also expensive. This makes no sense at all from any type of financial or sustainability standpoint, and it is brutal and horrific as well. You are selling out our public lands to corporate ranchers, and to mineral, oil and gas extraction, and eradicating our wild horse to this effect.

We are asking that our government, the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management institute a shift in resources to focus on range management, range enhancements such as water improvements, and the limitation of livestock grazing on HMA’s per Federal Code 43 C.F.R. Section 4710.5, and we are asking for an end to the stockpiling of wild horses and burros as a management method. We want to protect the herds and restore the legal lands given to them by the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

Thank you for your attention to this critical issue.

Sincerely,




CONTACTING PRESIDENT OBAMA

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

PHONE: 202-456-1111

FAX: 202-456-2461

SAMPLE LETTER FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA

President Barack Obama; the White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500

July 26, 2011

Dear President Obama:

I am writing to ask you to stop immediately the round-up of wild horses and burros, removing them from our public lands. I am also asking you to place the healthy animals back into the wild, from which they were removed, without sterilizing them. These round-ups break up family structures and bonds and destroy long-standing mare/stallion relationships, and they remove all older, wise horses, who are responsible for naturally managing the welfare of the herds. The BLM’s strategy of “management for extinction” has almost completely eradicated the wild horse, as was the intention. The round-ups must stop now in order for them to survive.

The removals and round-ups are brutal, unjustified scientifically, and expensive. Moreover, the holding facilities, both short- and long-term, are expensive and inhumane. I resent that I am paying for this atrocity through support of my own government, and your actions go against the overwhelming majority will of the people.

The wild horse originated on this continent over 58 million years ago. There were over 2 million free roaming wild horses and burros in 1900. Now, there are an estimated 12,000 – 15,000 in the wild, and over 40,000 warehoused in holding facilities, costing the American tax payer over $120,000/DAY. Most of the herds that are targeted are thriving prior to the round-ups, contrary to the disinformation spread by the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management. Moreover, on these same lands, in 2010, the BLM sold over 12.5 million grazing permit units, which translates into even more animals allowed to graze on these same lands that you claim cannot sustain small herds of 30 or more horses. Our government LOSES millions of dollars each year on this grazing for cattle, sheep and goats, for such things as range improvement and grazing management, along with the horse holding facilities costs.

I am asking that our government, the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management institute a shift in resources to focus on range management, range enhancements such as water improvements, and the limitation of livestock grazing on HMA’s per Federal Code 43 C.F.R. Section 4710.5, and we are asking for an end to the stockpiling of wild horses and burros as a management method. We want to protect the herds and restore the legal lands given to them by the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

Thank you for your attention to this critical issue.




CONTACTING KEN SALAZAR

feedback@ios.doi.gov

PHONE: 202-208-3801

FAX: 202-208-5242

SAMPLE LETTER FOR KEN SALAZAR

Ken Salazar; Dept of Interior
1849 C St; NW
Washington, DC, 20240
July 26, 2011

Dear Mr. Salazar:

I am writing to ask you to stop immediately the round-up of wild horses and burros, removing them from our public lands.  I am also asking you to place the healthy animals back into the wild, from which they were removed, without sterilizing them.  These round-ups break up family structures and bonds and destroy long-standing mare/stallion relationships, and they remove all older, wise horses, who are responsible for naturally managing the welfare of the herds.  The BLM’s strategy of “management for extinction” has almost completely eradicated the wild horse, as was the intention.  The round-ups must stop now in order for them to survive.

The removals and round-ups are brutal, unjustified scientifically, and expensive.  Moreover, the holding facilities, both short- and long-term, are expensive and inhumane.  I resent that I am paying for this atrocity through support of my own government, and your actions go against the overwhelming majority will of the people.

The wild horse originated on this continent over 58 million years ago.  There were over 2 million free roaming wild horses and burros in 1900.  Now, there are an estimated 12,000 – 15,000 in the wild, and over 40,000 warehoused in holding facilities, costing the American tax payer over $120,000/DAY.   Most of the herds that are targeted are thriving prior to the round-ups, contrary to the disinformation spread by the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management.  Moreover, on these same lands, in 2010, the BLM sold over 12.5 million grazing permit units, which translates into even more animals allowed to graze on these same lands that you claim cannot sustain small herds of 30 or more horses.    Our government LOSES millions of dollars each year on this grazing for cattle, sheep and goats, for such things as range improvement and grazing management, along with the horse holding facilities costs.  Horses crop of the tops of grasses and shrubs, making the grass roots stronger, and fortifying the land.  Cows, as an example, pull grass up from the roots.  The round-ups themselves are also expensive.  This makes no sense at all from any type of financial or sustainability standpoint, and it is brutal and horrific as well.  You are selling out our public lands to corporate ranchers, and to mineral, oil and gas extraction, and eradicating our wild horse to this effect.

We are asking that our government, the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management institute a shift in resources to focus on range management, range enhancements such as water improvements, and the limitation of livestock grazing on HMA’s per Federal Code 43 C.F.R. Section 4710.5, and we are asking for an end to the stockpiling of wild horses and burros as a management method.  We want to protect the herds and restore the legal lands given to them by the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

Thank you for your attention to this critical issue.

Sincerely,




CONTACTING ROBERT ABBEY, DIRECTOR OF BLM

http://www.doi.gov/feedback.cfm

PHONE: 202-208-3801

FAX: 202-208-5242

SAMPLE LETTER TO ROBERT ABBEY, DIRECTOR OF BLM

Robert Abbey: Director of BLM; Dept of Interior
1849 C St; NW; # 5660
Washington, DC, 20240-0001.

July 26, 2011

Dear Mr. Abbey:

I am writing to ask you to stop immediately the round-up of wild horses and burros, removing them from our public lands. I am also asking you to place the healthy animals back into the wild, from which they were removed, without sterilizing them. These round-ups break up family structures and bonds and destroy long-standing mare/stallion relationships, and they remove all older, wise horses, who are responsible for naturally managing the welfare of the herds. The BLM’s strategy of “management for extinction” has almost completely eradicated the wild horse, as was the intention. The round-ups must stop now in order for them to survive.

The removals and round-ups are brutal, unjustified scientifically, and expensive. Moreover, the holding facilities, both short- and long-term, are expensive and inhumane. I resent that I am paying for this atrocity through support of my own government, and your actions go against the overwhelming majority will of the people.

The wild horse originated on this continent over 58 million years ago. There were over 2 million free roaming wild horses and burros in 1900. Now, there are an estimated 12,000 – 15,000 in the wild, and over 40,000 warehoused in holding facilities, costing the American tax payer over $120,000/DAY. Most of the herds that are targeted are thriving prior to the round-ups, contrary to the disinformation spread by the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management. Moreover, on these same lands, in 2010, the BLM sold over 12.5 million grazing permit units, which translates into even more animals allowed to graze on these same lands that you claim cannot sustain small herds of 30 or more horses. Our government LOSES millions of dollars each year on this grazing for cattle, sheep and goats, for such things as range improvement and grazing management, along with the horse holding facilities costs. Horses crop of the tops of grasses and shrubs, making the grass roots stronger, and fortifying the land. Cows, as an example, pull grass up from the roots. The round-ups themselves are also expensive. This makes no sense at all from any type of financial or sustainability standpoint, and it is brutal and horrific as well. You are selling out our public lands to corporate ranchers, and to mineral, oil and gas extraction, and eradicating our wild horse to this effect.

We are asking that our government, the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management institute a shift in resources to focus on range management, range enhancements such as water improvements, and the limitation of livestock grazing on HMA’s per Federal Code 43 C.F.R. Section 4710.5, and we are asking for an end to the stockpiling of wild horses and burros as a management method. We want to protect the herds and restore the legal lands given to them by the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

Thank you for your attention to this critical issue.

Sincerely,




Related alert: FOURTH ACTION: Misery and agony at San Bernabe

i am a wild horse
and i want to run free
i do not bother you
why do you bother me
stop chasing me, caging me
taking away
the reasons that i want
to wake up every day
the land can be ours
we can both share it
so let us find a way
humans, would you dare it

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


5 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    July 28, 2011 6:30 am

    i am a wild horse
    and i want to run free
    i do not bother you
    why do you bother me
    stop chasing me, caging me
    taking away
    the reasons that i want
    to wake up every day
    the land can be ours
    we can both share it
    so let us find a way
    humans, would you dare it

    Like

  2. annabel.leonard-schulz permalink
    July 28, 2011 9:38 am

    PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    there are a few miles between us but the emails have been sent & the plight of these beautiful animals has been shared.
    i hope that there will be a positive, speedy & victorious result.
    As with everything…ying & yang…if this brutality continues…it will come at a cost, a price to high to pay…there will no longer be the beautiful, majestic, free spirited american wild horse…

    Like

  3. July 29, 2011 7:05 am

    stop the abuse and save our horses

    Like

  4. Sharon Kennedy permalink
    December 30, 2011 11:16 am

    America has turned into a ruthless and vile nation…..dispising the commandment not to kill,
    opposing God with sin and violence against horses, demolishing the environment — the sorrow that we are building in heaven will mean that God will eventually turn his back on
    America….and will close His ears to our prayers and petitions.

    It is time for christians to demand that Mr. Obama prove love, peace, compassion and justice by taking the good action needed to save these horses from misery and suffering. A true Christian does not wait on the sidelines for justice, but rather he is on the front lines using the salt and light God has blessed him with to build love, peace, compassion and justice for all creation. The fact that these horses are sent into agony and suffering is full proof that Washington leaders oppose God and the people they are elected to serve.

    Like

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