Open Letter from Charlotte Roe
Environmental misdeeds are flourishing, as those who value their financial gain above clean air and water, wildlife, and measures to combat global warming are using the COVID-19 pandemic to make hay. One of the biggest is now before us — and calls for quick action.
1. The BLM, in its long delayed report to Congress, proposes removing 220,000 wild horses and burros over 10 years to reach its rigged “appropriate management level” (AML) of 26,690 at a cost of $1 billion. The BLM’s goal is a blueprint for extinction: the numbers the BLM intends to round up are 2 1/2 times those it estimates now exist in the wild! Under its plan, thousands of wild mares would be ovariectomized, a discredited form of sterilization that is as life-threatening as it is abusive. As the BLM’s budget request contains no funds to assure mustangs and burros’ safety in captivity, the plan, while nominally not proposing slaughter, would surely lead to pumping up the slaughter pipeline.
Please let me know if you have questions. That said, the most effective action is personal contact: pick up the phone & dial their office. Calling to leave word after hours or on the weekend to leave word can work just as well — it all gets tabulated.
2. The following NPR article hits on a sore subject: massive environmental rollbacks are continuing apace while the public’s ability to speak out and learn what’s going on has been severely weakened.
3. Turning again to extinction, the attached CNN report, besides containing some excellent links, has photos of some little-noticed mammals that may not be long for this earth if we humans don’t mend our ways. Who ever heard of the Punk-haired Mary River Turtle? the Aye-Aye Lemur?
4. Infuriating, disheartening news bombards us. Here’s a change of tone: Carl Jones, a biologist and chief scientist at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Mauritius, has saved 12 species from extinction, often using highly unconventional methods:
Stay safe, stay strong in intention and deed, and remember the storm will pass, the sun will rise.