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BLM’s Extinction Agenda, Upcoming Advisory Board Meeting, Getting Involved

An open letter from Charlotte Roe

The BLM’s latest acting Director, William Pendley, now argues that wild horses post an “existential threat” in that the “havoc and destruction” they cause is the “biggest challenge” facing public lands.

Mr. Pendley’s bizarrely dishonest proclamation — he has long advocated for selling off federal public lands — aims to build political support for BLM’s new management plan.  That plan would take herds down to extinction levels over 10 years — a slow equicide.  It would accelerate BLM’s abusive roundups and open the door to brutal sterilization of wild mares and to create zoo-like herds.  The BLM’s Advisory Board meeting in Washington DC on October 28-31 will seek endorsement of these policies; its members will no doubt be lobbying Congressional appropriators to ensure funding for this “extinction agenda”.  

 
Without scrutiny or debate, the House and Senate Appropriations committees approved funding — $6 million and 35 million, respectively — for the plan.  The Senate version must go to a full floor vote.  Then a House-Senate conference will need to work out differences.  Instead, the Congress may look to a Continuing Resolution to extend FY 2019 spending into the next fiscal year.  That would buy time, but there’s no counting on it. 
 
***Now’s a good time to reach out to your Senators to urge: a prohibition on inhumane sterilization; a freeze on BLM funding; and hearings on the agency’s Wild Horse & Burro program to explore alternatives to its broken management system.
 
***If you won’t be attending the Advisory Board meeting, public comments are due tomorrow, Oct. 18.  The Animal Welfare Institute’s alert provides a link to submit a quick version you can tailor:
***Finally, the Cloud Foundation and American Wild Horse Campaign are circulating a letter to share with your veterinarian in a signature drive opposing the archaic wild mare sterilization procedure to which the BLM is committed.  Please let me know pronto if you can help this effort, and can’t access the info from their websites.
 
For the wild ones,
Charlotte
 

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  1. I really dont k ow what to say …my jaw dropped at how unbelievable this is . What in the world are they thinking…oh wait they aren’t. Just another bright idea to inflict pain ,suffering and cruelty to our beloved wild horses.

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  2. “They” must be getting desperate to take America’s Public Lands away from the Public and turn them over to corporate interest$. They are really reaching for this one. WHAT deals have been made without public involvement or consent?

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  3. WHITE MOUNTAIN INDEPENDENT

    BLM’s Pendley is out of step with Arizona
    Bob Vahle

    I have enjoyed the Arizona outdoors my entire life. I dedicated my career with the US Forest Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department to the responsible management of Arizona’s public lands and wildlife. I’ve hunted and fished on some of Arizona’s finest public lands. Some of those lands are managed by the Bureau of Land Management, which has the mission to “sustain the health, diversity and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.” So imagine my surprise this summer when I learned that a man who has spent his entire career opposing public lands was put in charge of them.

    For decades, William Perry Pendley has fought against BLM employees, wildlife protections and national monument designations. In a now-famous essay, he said the Founding Fathers never intended for the federal government to own public lands.

    For an Arizonan, this is deeply troubling. Our cherished public lands help define who we are as Westerners and provide us with endless possibilities for hunting, hiking, camping and enjoying wildlife. They also help support a $21 billion outdoor recreation economy in our state which supports more than 200,000 jobs and generates $1.4 billion in taxes.

    https://www.wmicentral.com/opinion/editorials/blm-s-pendley-is-out-of-step-with-arizona/article_59459cce-f3f1-5c85-aa02-6a729e47cdd3.html#utm_source=wmicentral.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fheadlines%2F%3F-dc%3D1571418009&utm_medium=email&utm_content=read%20more

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  4. BLM Advisory Board has three new appointees (some are old familiars), but Ginger Kathrens is no longer one. It would seem to be important to remind the BLM that wild horses and burros are not livestock, are protected wildlife, and are not domestic horses. None of these appointees seems to have any particular expertise in wild horses and burros, is anyone surprised?

    From E&E News:

    WILD HORSES
    BLM fills out 3 vacant positions on national advisory panel

    Scott Streater, E&E News reporter
    Published: Thursday, October 17, 2019

    “Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue appointed three new members to the board, which makes recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service on managing the nearly 90,000 wild horses and burros roaming federal rangelands across the West.

    The advisory panel is scheduled to meet for the second time in three months Oct. 29-31 in Washington, D.C.

    Among the new members, who serve three-year terms, is Steven Yardley, who represents livestock management. Yardley is vice president of Yardley Cattle Co. in Utah.

    Yardley, who in a previous stint on the advisory board was outspoken on the need to reduce herd sizes, also supported resolutions allowing BLM to euthanize animals that cannot be adopted. He has argued that animal overcrowding has exhausted resources and is causing the horses and burros to needlessly suffer from starvation and dehydration.

    Yardley served on the panel from 2016 until early this year.

    The other two new members announced today:

    Vernon Bleich, a wildlife biologist and research professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, appointed to the category of wildlife management. Bleich has spent more than 40 years studying Western wildlife populations and developing strategies to improve their management, BLM said in a press release. Before retiring after 35 years at the California Department of Fish and Game, Bleich was involved in “wildlife conservation efforts throughout the Great Basin, Mojave, and Sonoran deserts of California,” the bureau said.

    Susan McAlpine, appointed for the category of humane advocacy. She has raised, trained and advocated for horses most of her life, BLM said. McAlpine is a member of the Mohave Community College board of governors. She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Framingham State University and a Master of Education in instructional design from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.”

    https://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/stories/1061305523/search?keyword=BLM

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    • I attended the BLM advisory board meeting in October 2019 in Washington DC. I also testified for our wild horses & burros. The panel seemed to me to be a dull, disinterested, overpaid, bored, uncaring bunch of bureaucrats. Some even appeared to fall asleep. As an American taxpayer & citizen, & lover of our wild horses & burros, I am appalled, upset, saddened by the uncaring & dishonest & disgraceful attitude of BLM! In my opinion American taxpayers’ money is used, against the will of the American people, to subsidize, promote, & protect the cattle ranchers & industry, privately owned, for profit businesses. This situation is disgraceful, disgusting, &, I believe, major fraud against the American people, our country, & our dear, prescious, innocent horses & burros.😰👎🐎–

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    In fact, public lands privatization schemes are very much alive and well in the U.S. But outside of the most egregious land grabs, most Americans don’t know about them. This report aims to change that—to raise awareness of the many proposals that threaten to rob us all, parcel by parcel, of public lands.
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  6. Will you print the story of the Race horses in Australia that are murdered, beat and more. Read it and WEEP, it is so unbelievable that people could carry out the murder of these animals, graphic and Horrible. Everyone should see that and take a look at the mind of these people that walk the planet!!!

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  7. MY GOD, WHATS WRONG WITH THESE MURDEROUS PEOPLE THAT WANT TO SELL OUT OUR AMERICAN MUSTANGS AND BURROS ??

    A LONG TIME AGO PRESIDENT NIXON SIGNED THE WILD HORSE AND FREE ROAMING ACT BETTER KNOWN AS THE WILD HORSE ANNIE ACT AND EVER SINCE THEN THE CROOKED DEPT OF THE INTERIOR,ALONG WITH THE BLM, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE CATTLE RANCHERS, DOG FOOD COMPANIES AND KILL BUYERS AND THEIR FRIENDS IN WASHINGTON HAVE BEEN PICKING IT APART PIECE BY PIECE AND THEN EVEN WORSE THEY TRY TO SELL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ON THE IDEA THAT WILD MUSTANGS ARE DESTROYING THE LAND, REALLY ????

    TRY SELLING THAT TO SOMEONE WHO DOESNT KNOW ANY BETTER AND EVEN WORSE IS NOW THEY HAVE PITTED HORSE ACTIVISTS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER TRYING TO CONVINCE THEM THAT STERILIZATION IS THE BETTER ALTERNATIVE—EXCUSE ME , BUT IF WE STERILIZED EVERY MAN ON EARTH WHAT WOULD THAT MEAN FOR HUMANITY AND THE HUMAN RACE ??????

    STERILIZATION IS NOT THE ANSWER UNLESS YOU ARE A CATTLE RANCHER OR THE DEPT OF THE INTERIOR OR THE BLM THAT HAS ONLY ONE GOAL IN MIND—TO WIPE OUT AMERICAS WILD MUSTANGS PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

    IN MY BOOK THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE TRIED FOR TREASON THE SAME AS ANY OTHER CRIMINAL THAT WOULD SELL OUT AMERICA, FOR WE OWE ALOT TO THESE MUSTANGS, WITHOUT THEM WHERE WOULD AMERICA AND AMERICANS BE TODAY ?

    AS THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF AN INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SAVING WILDLIFE WORLDWIDE SINCE 1970, I MUST SAY THAT UNLESS WE ALL COME TOGETHER AS CITIZENS AND ANIMAL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVISTS, WE WILL LOSE OUR AMERICAN MUSTANGS, BURROS, AND MANY OTHER SPECIES TO CRIMINALS LIKE THESE , JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY AND PAPER TRAIL MY FRIENDS

    IM RANDAL MASSARO, NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF UMPW–UNION MEMBERS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILDLIFE AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.

    PS—AS A RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, I MUST SAY THAT CORRUPTION COMES IN ALL SHAPES, SIZES AND FORMS AND THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST WHEN YOU SELL OUT AMERICA, AMERICAN WILDLIFE AND OUR LAND EVEN WORSE WHEN THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT TOOK AN OATH TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT IT ARE THE ONES DOING IT.

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    • I agree & it’s shameful, corrupt, fraudulent, & disgraceful! It must stop! The welfare ranchers’ lobbying $ & many nonprofits promote this murder!

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  8. The letters of AWI, TCF & AWHC all promote PZP and were not able to be changed. BLM will continue with roundups and PZP until all of our wild horses are gone and the general public does not know what is happening .

    Now there is the plan even to use poisonous herbicides which will kill wild horses and other animals. Granma Gregg sent out that info.

    Many thanks , Louie, for that reminder about how our this country was founded . Genocide was practiced also.

    Eric Molvar’s article is excellent and a must read. WWP is an organization well worth joining.

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  9. The BLM is a useless waste government agency that bends over for ranchers and farmers who think public land is for them exclusively – these horses were here long before humans and have every right to roam freely – to slaughter them for human greed is just more proof of the lackadaisical government we have that does nothing to protect them for corporate greed.

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