by Carol J. Walker, Director Of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
I want to personally thank all of you who called, emailed, faxed, wrote and met with your Senators and Representatives on behalf of our wild horses and burros before the Spending Bill was passed last week. Congress did maintain protections for wild horses and burros BUT they demanded that the Bureau of Land Management, who is tasked with managing and protecting wild horse and burros on our public lands submit a “comprehensive plan and any corresponding legislative proposals” within 30 days.
Why is this a reason for concern? Because the very language of the directive to the BLM points at drastic measure. “the failure to address these problems is irresponsible and will result in irreparable damage to the landscape and the welfare of the animals protected.”
This leaves the door wide open for the BLM to recommend killing (this is NOT “euthanasia”) the 45,000 wild horses and burros in holding as well as the 45,000 still on our public lands who are deemed “excess”and allowing the BLM to to remove protections from wild horses and burros that are in captivity and transfer them to federal, state, and local agencies, send them overseas and put them in “partnerships” that are not in their best interests. All of these alternatives will expose them to possibly being shipped to slaughter.
Wild Horses and Burros need to be humanely managed on the range, while wild and free on our public lands. Destroying them to pander to the Cattleman’s Association is not the solution. We are concerned that once the report is delivered to Congress before the end of April that the BLM could start killing and transferring wild horses and burros very quickly.
Please continue to follow our alerts and posts and requests for action during this very crucial time.
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