Halt Deadly Wild Horse Roundups
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is stampeding thousands of wild American horses from protected lands, zeroing out thousands in Nevada and California. These lands are protected by the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, yet the deadly mustang roundups continue, killing up to 10% of the herd often as a result of broken legs, necks and dehydration. BLM claims they aren’t managing herd areas for sheep and cattle ranchers who pay to lease land and water resources, yet they continue to fence off water and displace the horses they are required to protect. We must speak out now as the summer roundups continue.
- Call the White House Switchboard at (202) 456-1111 and politely tell the President to halt wild horse roundups. Tell the operator that you are a voter and will be watching what the Administration does on this issue. Keep trying if the line is busy!
- Send an email using this easy click and send tool. Just add a personal message at the end saying “I endorse the unified call for a halt to all summer roundups and full transparency in all BLM wild horse operations.”
- Sign the petition to stop summer roundups of wild horses and burros at Change.org.
- Tell BLM to protect the wild horses and burros in their charge.
Please personalize and send this letter (provided by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign) to comment on the BLM’s Draft Strategy Development Document. Be sure to keep your comments organized in the categories listed. Deadline: Monday September 3, 2010.
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The resources and links shared here are thanks to The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Madeleine Pickens and her Saving America’s Mustangs Foundation, the ASPCA, The Cloud Foundation and numerous other organizations who issue this unified call to President Obama to intervene to stop deadly summer roundups of America’s mustangs and institute full transparency in BLM’s wild horse operations.
Excellent coverage from 8 News Now, Las Vegas:
More Calico horses die in BLM Fallon holding pens
May 19, 2010
The death toll from the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Calico, Nevada wild horse roundup is rapidly approaching 100, as 12 more horses have perished.
Flyover Reveals Cattle Outnumber Horses 10 to 1
Craig Downer, July 28, 1020
A flyover on June 21st revealed that BLM’s claim of horse overpopulation is unsubstantiated. Resources are readily available but cattle outnumber horses 10 to 1.
34 wild horses died in recent Nevada roundup
LA Times, August 5, 2010
In addition to the 34 horses that died, two more were put down after they were found injured by a contractor herding more than two dozen wild horses away from a steep cliff, Worley said Wednesday. … “How bad does BLM have to get before someone in the Obama administration steps up and says enough is enough?” said Chris Heyde, deputy director of government and legal affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based Animal Welfare Institute.
Horse advocates ask court to halt mustang roundup
Mercury News, August 6, 2010
More roundups are scheduled starting as soon as August 11th. ”The 2,100 horses and additional 200 burros to be gathered are the most among more than two dozen roundups that began last October and are to continue through September as part of BLM’s plan to cull about 12,000 of 38,000 mustangs and burros from herds roaming 10 Western states.
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