Countering BLM’s Extinction Plan, the Scapegoating of Wild Equids, and Equine Slaughter
An open letter by equine advocate Charlotte Roe
Fellow Wild Equid advocates, fans and partners;
Recent Fifiteenmile roundup which took place in Wyoming. Photo by Carol Walker
While the nation is riveted on impeachment hearings a vital part of our nation’s history is being threatened for its very survival. We can’t, won’t let up on this challenge. The BLM just rounded up 295 of the treasured Challis wild horse herd in Idaho and is poised to begin removing long-term removal of 80% of the Twin Peaks herd in northern California. If it gets its way with Congress, the Great Removal Plan will go on steroids.
An article that Mary Koncel and I recently published in The Washington Examiner lays out the stakes:
(It was written before the Senate, without debate or oversight, passed the BLM’s wild horse and burro Extinction Plan as an Appropriations line item. Game’s not over, so keep the calls up. Please see AWHC’s link below on the status of this program.)
This report by The Cloud Foundation’s Dana Zarello takes us inside the BLM’s October Advisory Board meeting AND the well-aimed efforts by American Wild Horse Campaign, Animal Wellness Action and TCF to educate House and Senate staffers about the wild horse disappearance plan and sustainable alternatives to the BLM’s broken roundup and removal system:
A heartfelt THANKS to the many advocates who commented at the AB meeting (or submitted comments) and who spoke out on the Hill.
American Wild Horse Campaign published this capsule of the events on Capitol Hill along with a cogent report on what’s in the Senate-passed bill, what was left out, what’s next, and what can be done:
Not to be missed is this classic piece by Erik Molvar, Exec. Dir. of Western Watersheds, on the blame game that targets wild horses and burros in order to take the focus off livestock overgrazing and industrial damage to public lands. Erik spoke at the Oct. 23 press conference of business leaders in Reno organized by AWHC to expose the “overpopulating and starving” propaganda being pushed by BLM, the Wildlife Society, and welfare ranching allies:
Finally, Rita Reik shared USA Today’s article on the horrendous trade in equine slaughter in the U.S. and the work of Animals’ Angels to combat it. The SAFE Act, by prohibiting the transport and export of horses & burros for slaughter, would drive one stake into the nefarious kill pen industry, though the fight would not end. The bill has increased bipartisan support, but the forces against it are bloodthirsty and persistent.