The atrocities committed by the BLM against our wild horses and burros are flagrant and noxious, and too many to list here.
Horse advocates together with wild horse and burro experts have been calling for a moratorium on these roundups for many months so that Congress can investigate the mismanagement of our wild horses and burros. The BLM are directed by an Act of Congress to protect our wild horses and burros, not abuse and destroy them.
The BLM has ramped up the gathers of wild horses and burros, secretly moving one scheduled for August 2010 in the Buckhorn herd area of Northern California/Nevada to the middle of December 2009 with no windbreaks or shelters in place leaving captured mares and their foals exposed to freezing wintry conditions.
Now, not even two weeks later, the BLM begins this immense roundup of wild horses in the Calico Complex in Nevada, housing them on private land where the BLM can hide the suffering and death they will inflict.
There can be absolutely no trust left in this agency charged by Congress to manage this living icon of the American Spirit. An outraged American public should contact President Obama and DOI Secy Ken Salazar and demand an immediate halt to these roundups and to conduct a full investigation into the BLM for unlawful and corrupt practices.
President Obama > White House Switchboard > 202-456-1414
Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar > 202-208-3100