Wild Horses: Protest at Red Rock Canyon, Sunday, Jan 10th

Nevada Quarter features Wild Horses
If these roundups continue, the only wild horses in Nevada will be the ones on the back of this Quarter. Editor, Tuesdays Horse

Anyone who opposes the Calico Mountains Nevada wild horse roundup please come out and stand with a group that wish to demonstrate that WILD HORSES EQUAL JOBS FOR NEVADA.

Just one hour of your time makes a huge difference to our numbers. Only you can speak for the wild horses.

Channels 5 and 8 have agreed to come and we need people holding all the signs we can provide. So pass this on to your email list please.

And if you have children or grandchildren, could you dress them in an animal costume or paint their face like a lion? We want to make the visual point that our wild horses are the equivalent of Africa’s lions and elephants. And put the press photos on the news!

The President is back in Washington and needs to hear voices for horses. At the bottom of this email is a link to this weekend’s images of a Calico stallion who leaped out of the capture pens but had to leave his mares and foals behind. He may be injured.

Red Rock Colorado Protesters

PROTEST LOCATION & TIME: Sunday, January 10, 2010 at the roadside near the Red Rock Canyon scenic overlook. Time is from Noon to 3pm.

To reach the spectacular overlook, from the 215 West beltway and Charleston Ave, take Charleston west toward the mountains, but continue several miles beyond the entrance to the scenic overlook on the west (right) side of the highway.

Wild burros and horses would attract major tourist numbers if there were companies leading tours to the horses whether on foot, in vehicles or by horseback. As proven by the millions of dollars generated by the African safari industry, many more jobs are created in the restaurant, motel, transportation and guiding businesses. Horses and burros can pay their own way, if they are allowed to remain wild and free on the West’s public lands.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is a 198,000 acre (801 km) area managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area.

It is located about 15 mi west of Las Vegas, and easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip. The area is visited by over 1 million visitors each year.

Several years ago, all wild horses were removed by the BLM that argued there was not sufficient water to support them.

No studies have since been done to scientifically analyze what impact the horse removal had on the Canyon or whether it was necessary to remove all the bands.

2 thoughts on “Wild Horses: Protest at Red Rock Canyon, Sunday, Jan 10th”

  1. Dear [Mr. President],

    I am submitting comments on the Preliminary Environmental Assessment for Eagle Herd Management Area (HMA) wild horse gather. I write to raise concerns about the inadequacy of the EA and in opposition to the plan to remove over 500 horses from this 670,000-acre public lands complex.

    * The EA does not provide evidence to support the BLM’s contention that this vast public lands complex (almost as big as the entire state of Rhode Island) can only support 100 horses.

    * The EA fails to evaluate the impacts of livestock grazing on the range condition in this HMA, nor does it discuss how impacts to the range from horses are distinguished from impacts caused by the thousands of livestock that graze there.

    * The EA fails to provide evidence to justify the BLM’s arbitrary rejection of its legal authority to “remove livestock from HMAs ‘if necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment or injury’ under CFR 4710.5.”

    * The EA fails to address the long-term impacts to horses who are permanently removed from the range and placed in government holding facilities, where stallions are gelded and horses are held in sex-segregated pastures under highly unnatural conditions.

    Livestock grazing in this HMA is extensive, and the number of cattle and sheep allowed across the 675,000 acres dwarfs the number of wild horses., yet the BLM ignores its legal authority to reduce livestock grazing in order to increase the number of horses allowed to live in this public lands complex.

    The BLM’s entire management plan for the wild horses in the Eagle HMA and nationwide rests upon a program of massive roundup and removal of hundreds of horses every 4-5 years. This program is fiscally irresponsible and waste of millions of tax dollars. It violates Congress’ intent that America’s wild horses be managed in the wild, and it is costly in terms of wild horse lives. The helicopter stampedes terrorize and traumatize wild horses, injuring and killing some in every roundup. Wild horse social structures are routinely shattered and family bands torn apart.

    The BLM’s Eagle HMA capture plan is poor government policy that perpetuates the mismanagement of our public lands. President Obama promised a government that is transparent and responsive to the people it represents, and that honors science. The American public overwhelmingly supports the protection of the wild horses as an important part of our national heritage. The devastating Eagle HMA horse roundup must be canceled.

    Sincerely,

    Deborah Simpson

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  2. why can’t they leave the dwindling groups of wildies be free..man has no empathy……they are part of the true West heritage………

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