Update by Charlotte Roe
Greetings to friends and partners of the Wild Equids
Threading through the latest rubble of this new year has been a major challenge. Where are our wild horse and burros and threatened wild lands amidst the drums of war, democracy on trial, the unending conflagrations in Australia reminding us, this time more forcefully than ever, that Our Climate House is On Fire? I still see them front and center. Wild equines are an essential part of the ever fragile ecological balance, whether simply by their ancient presence on the land, foraging on fire-prone vegetation, dispersing nutrients, opening water sources for other wildlife, or by being the canaries in the mine as they stand in the way of livestock overgrazing and the fossil fuel economy’s ever-encroaching hunger for public land development.
For a thoughtful look at where we are, let me share a post from Elise Lowe-Vaughn:
And, for those that may not have yet caught this, a 2019 year’s end ride with Ginger Kathrens:
Good news and bad news reported by the American Wild Horse Campaign:
Tangled in the web of inequities faced by wild horses and burros are the bold attacks on public lands by this Administration and its fans in the Congress and the extraction industry world. Here’s a straight-talking take on the latest of these:
A recent oped by Ginger K. capsulizes the latest bonehead move by Congress approving a big part of BLM’s request to shave down wild equid herds to near-extinction levels and open doors to the agency’s persistent threats of sterilization. (We note that this package was supported by ASPCA, HSUS and RTF — friends like these the animals do not need!)
Marty Irby of Animal Wellness Action reported on a letter by Representative Raul Grijalva and a bipartisan group of lawmakers aiming to head off this BLM line item in the Appropriations bill:
My Congressman, Joe Neguse, pushed against this move by demanding accountability from BLM, starting with its way overdue Report to Congress. Though the BLM line item passed, the fight is not over. It’s worth urging your Congressional Rep and Senators to follow up on this:
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Odds and Ends – and Reason for Hope
Encouraging climate change activists and other environmental proponents to understand WHB issues is an on-going job – here’s my most recent try, published in High Country News:
Stopping the scapegoating of wild horses is deeply connected with the effort to spread awareness of their role as a native American species. An update on Dr. Beth Shapiro’s Original Horse Project gives rise to new hopes:
Let me end with an awesome video by Willy Nelson, who’s never stopped singing the praises and basic needs of these wonderful animals:
P.S. Here’s a quick note from Marty at Animal Wellness Action: Here’s our latest edition of The Political Animal Podcast we released this morning: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-q4ss4-cf37cf?emci=9dfd76eb-a435-ea11-a1cc-2818784d084f&emdi=ea000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&ceid=. Suzanne joined us in discussing the wild horses, thought you all might be interested.