Take a Stand for America’s Disappearing Wild Horses

(A Call to Arms) by R.T. Fitch ~ Author/Director of HfH Advisory Council

Next Week, BLM Meeting, Be There!

One lone stallion calling out to his forever lost family at the hands of the BLM, Antelope Stampede, Feb 2011 ~ photo by Terry Fitch

March 10th and 11th the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Advisory Board will be meeting at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. 3rd Street , Phoenix, AZ 85004 to further cloud the facts and accelerate the demise of our national icons in accordance with the whims of the special interests that make up the board.  This meeting, with your help, will not go quietly into the night.

This is an opportunity to have your voice heard, both in the bogus meeting and on the street, and it is the perfect venue to speak for those who are rapidly disappearing at the hands of Obama’s BLM from the very public lands that Congress allocated to them.

Organizing and sponsoring groups include The Cloud Foundation, Habitat for Horses Advisory Council, Respect4Horses, America’s Wild Horse Advocates and Grass Roots Horse.  All groups are sending out notices for members and advocates to attend the meeting and to participate in a peaceful demonstration and candle vigil honoring all of the wild horses and burros that have died at the hands of the BLM.

Terry and I will be in attendance and we look forward to standing beside all of you in representing those who cannot speak for themselves.  We are counting on seeing you soon.

Additional details to follow.

13 comments on “Take a Stand for America’s Disappearing Wild Horses

  1. RT after looking into airfares and the price of a hotel room I found I just couldn’t afford it. I’m sorry I won’t be there. I will be in spirit and tell me when the candle light vigil will be–I will do a vigil here in my home at the same time.

    Your right it is a bogus meeting. But its an important one. It will send a loud message to BLM that WE are WATCHING and WE’RE NOT GONNA GO AWAY.

    Sorry that no one else could/would room with me.

  2. R.T. there are around 5 of us coming from Vegas, maybe a few more. We found a La Quinta on Black Canyon Road that is $65 a night for two double beds, so with sharing rooms, that is only $65 for one of us for two nights. Granted its a 5 hour drive so we won’t be there until around 4 on Thursday, but well worth the time off work to be there. Can’t wait to get there with my stick & white plastic bag & signs & stand with all who are going!

  3. Dang I just came from that area a week ago, but am now back in Canada..I would like nothing better than being there…as I am always one who is saying stand up..my not being there will bother me to know end but hoping a few hundreds can go in my place.. Best of luck to all of you’s going there for the mustangs and burros…

  4. For those that who can’t attend the meeting, DO send letters. BLM has an electronic comment form–but do we trust it?

    On Friday, March 11, the public will be able to offer comments to the Advisory Board on the BLM’s proposed new wild horse and burro management strategy, which the BLM will be posting on its national Website (www.blm.gov) in the near future. (UPDATE: The proposed strategy was posted at http://www.blm.gov on Monday, February 28, 2011. The public is invited to review and send comments to the BLM on this strategy through March 30, 2011; comments should be submitted by e-mail to wildhorse@blm.gov with “Comments on Strategy” in the subject line.)

    The public may address the Advisory Board from 9 a.m. to noon local time on Friday, March 11. Individuals who want to make a statement should register with the BLM by 8:30 a.m. that Friday at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings; however, this time limit may vary. Speakers, who should address the specific wild horse and burro-related topics listed on the agenda, must provide a written statement of their comments, which may be brought to the meeting.

    Those unable to attend the meeting may mail their comments to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Alternatively, electronic comments may be sent to the BLM through the Wild Horse and Burro Website at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/wh_b_contact_us/enhanced_feedback_form.html . Mailed or e-mailed comments in connection with the Board meeting should be submitted no later than close of business March 3, 2011. For additional information about the meeting, please contact Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

  5. For those that who can’t attend the meeting, DO send letters. BLM has an electronic comment form–but do we trust it?

    On Friday, March 11, the public will be able to offer comments to the Advisory Board on the BLM’s proposed new wild horse and burro management strategy, which the BLM will be posting on its national Website (www.blm.gov) in the near future. (UPDATE: The proposed strategy was posted at http://www.blm.gov on Monday, February 28, 2011. The public is invited to review and send comments to the BLM on this strategy through March 30, 2011; comments should be submitted by e-mail to wildhorse@blm.gov with “Comments on Strategy” in the subject line.)
    The public may address the Advisory Board from 9 a.m. to noon local time on Friday, March 11. Individuals who want to make a statement should register with the BLM by 8:30 a.m. that Friday at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings; however, this time limit may vary. Speakers, who should address the specific wild horse and burro-related topics listed on the agenda, must provide a written statement of their comments, which may be brought to the meeting.
    Those unable to attend the meeting may mail their comments to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Alternatively, electronic comments may be sent to the BLM through the Wild Horse and Burro Website at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/wh_b_contact_us/enhanced_feedback_form.html . Mailed or e-mailed comments in connection with the Board meeting should be submitted no later than close of business March 3, 2011. For additional information about the meeting, please contact Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

  6. Those unable to attend the meeting may mail their comments to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147.

    • Thank you Louie.. Unless this Realtor gets the closing done that should have happened a week ago, I won’t be able to attend. But would love to have my letter along with many more dumped at their Oh so PIOUS feet.

  7. I am there in spirit and power/ anger and frustration! I did review the BLMs new “strategy” for (mis)managing the wild horses and burros–and found it to be lacking in every way–nothing new/nothing creative. . Words to fill a document.
    I did especially like the following:”Continue to conduct random,post-adoption compliance inspections and to address /resolve instances of non-compliance or inhumane treatment consistent with existing BLM policy.” Just keep on flippin’ those burros BLM–as it is consistent with your inhumane treatment policy!
    To those attending/assembling–Speak loudly and carry big sticks ! Very BIG sticks.

  8. Please be the voice for me too – I can’t go this time. Take minutes of all that is said. Write notes. It will be another well prepared PR circus gig. If the last meeting had any true weight, we would see reform by now. We only hear it to pacify the public.
    Know that they are great in performing their act – and express your wishes and expectations as you are the public – who keeps being ignored by those who make one think we lost a democracy here.
    They preached on their low animal welfare standards last year… Susie Stokke and Lilly Thomas… well let’s see what they say this year…. another unproductive performance to save ass or a true intent for improvement – the horses have NO time to wait and BLM needs to be told to deliver NOW – and quit lying.

    If anyone from CO. is going, let me know if you want to take my big banner.
    Best wishes, and make yourselves be heard and seen.

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