More Bad News for the Wild Ones
The hopes of Wild Horse and Burro advocates across the country were dashed, yesterday, when New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced from abroad that he had changed his mind about developing a state funded wild horse sanctuary in the state.
While on an “Unofficial” diplomatic mission to North Korea Richardson’s office issued a statement which said that the sanctuary plan had become “unfeasible”.
Richardson had come under heavy fire for proposing to take 3.1 million dollars from federal economic-stimulus funds to buy a private ranch in an effort to expand the Cerrillos Hills State Park and establish a wild-horse sanctuary south of Santa Fe.
Instead, Richardson will use the funds to shore up the state’s shaky budget amid a projected shortfall of $400 million.
“While the purchase of the ranch was a great opportunity for the state, and would have been a big boost to tourism and the local economy of the Galisteo Basin, moving forward at this time is unfeasible,” Richardson said in a statement.
For months, the American public had been writing Richardson in praise of his proposal as the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) appears to be on a vindictive mission to strip federally protected wild horses and burros from their designated public lands. The concept of a state run sanctuary outside of the tainted grasp of the BLM appealed to all who view the native wild horse as an American icon.
Last month, film producer James Kleinert rode his wild horse to the Governor’s mansion to hand deliver hundreds of letters written my compassionate equine advocates from around the world. Advocates were hopeful that the NM Sanctuary would serve as a model for other western states to use in efforts to save the Wild Mustangs from the Obama administration’s wild horse harvesting machine.
Meanwhile, Billionaire Madeleine Pickens fights on to open her WH sanctuary in Nevada’s troubled and biased welfare rancher country. With each passing day, the extinction of this national treasure comes closer and closer to a reality.
- OIG Joins BLM in Propaganda War Against Iconic Wild Horses and Burros (rtfitch.wordpress.com)
- Stop Cash Flow to Bloody BLM Wild Horse Stampedes (rtfitch.wordpress.com)