The Public can Connect the Dots
On April 29, the Bureau of Land Management issued a press release announcing that its Wild Horse and Burro Long Term holding facility near Tulsa, OK would be open for one day for a public visit in June.
Interesting that this announcement comes so closely on the heels of The Cloud Foundation’s release of this viral video which graphically illustrated the horrible living conditions of wild horses at the Lake City Short Term Holding Facility near Salt Lake City, UT:
Oddly enough, last fall the BLM conducted a media tour of some its other long term holding facilities in Oklahoma about three weeks after the release of another viral video titled “The Death of Braveheart” which illustrates the death of a wild stallion at a roundup at the Silver Kind Herd Management Area in Nevada:
To call these extremely transparent and weak attempts at damage control is a gross understatement. Why must the BLM always be in the damage control business? What’s wrong with the PREVENTION mindset? Why not do something completely radical and have humane treatment and public observation at ALL facilities?
Even though I don’t like to “go there,” I have to say that this opening of these model long term holding facilities in response to negative media headaches brings to mind how the Nazi regime used the Czechoslovakian concentration camp of Theresienstadt as a propaganda tool to illustrate how well Jews were treated in the 3rd Reich. Tours of the ‘spa camp’ facility (including tours by the International Red Cross) were the answers to negative (and factual) media reports of what was really going on behind the barbed wire in Nazi Germany.
Common sense clearly shows that having the public at large traipsing through the wild horse and burro holding facilities willy-nilly would not be a workable solution – too much stress on the animals and an excessive amount of work for holding facility staff.
HOWEVER, I think routine tours by humane association observers of nationally recognized organizations as well as the interested public – preferably on a monthly or bi-weekly basis are clearly indicated at a minimum.
BLM – you work for us. You have been given the task of caring for one of our most precious symbols of freedom.
Please stop screwing it up. Please give the America people what they are asking for – transparency, honesty and compassion in your Wild Horse and Burro Program.
And please give us come credit. We are not such great fools that we can’t connect the dots on your damage control efforts.
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