Congressional wild horse champion rides to the rescue

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva spearheads letter to Dept. of Interior

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2011) – U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) is circulating a letter to his House of Representatives colleagues urging their signature on a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) director Bob Abbey regarding their inhumane and costly mismanagement of the Wild Horse and Burro Program. The letter expresses grave concerns to Secretary Salazar and the BLM regarding the creation of non-reproducing herds—especially the extreme danger of spaying wild horse mares.

“We are so appreciative of Representative Grijalva’s efforts to protect our nation’s wild horses from the cruel and invasive procedures BLM is planning,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “Wild horses and burros need congressional intervention fast—otherwise BLM will manage these iconic symbols of freedom to extinction.”

Grijalva’s letter also expresses concerns about BLM’s supervision of America’s wild horses and burros–namely the agency’s failure to conduct accurate censuses on wild horse and burro herds. BLM often over inflates the numbers of wild horses and burros on the range and comes up short during roundups. As a result, nearly all animals in a herd are eliminated from their legally designated ranges. This has led advocacy organizations, such as The Cloud Foundation, to conclude that wild horse populations are far lower than BLM estimates. Also the letter underscores the financial costs—citing the burden placed on American taxpayers due to the agency’s massive and unnecessary roundup and removal practices.

The Cloud Foundation urges the public to contact their U.S. Congressional representative and request they sign onto Grijalva’s letter before it is delivered to Secretary Salazar and Director Abbey.

Source: The Cloud Foundation Press Release

LINKS OF INTEREST

Read Grijalva’s letter here: http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/images/stories/Letter_to_Salazar_July2011.pdf

Contact Your U.S. House of Representative: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Save the Mustangs Fund: http://bit.ly/qZZKQM

CNN Reports on Deadly Roundups: http://bit.ly/m7PFX5

AP Story on Nevada wild horse lawsuit: http://bit.ly/pSsesR

“Wild Horses and Renegades” trailer: http://kck.st/kZUwYy

4 thoughts on “Congressional wild horse champion rides to the rescue”

  1. A beautiful letter , written by an awesome man, Raul Grijalva, he has knowledge what is needed to save Our Mustangs , this man has always been a great friend to Horses, as I remember he was also one of the chosen to be the head of The dept of the Interior, whom I wonder why President Obama did not chose him over Ken Salazar(aka Slaughterzar) makes you wonder where our leaders Head was doesnt it, HUMMMMMM………….. Gods Sped Mr. Grijalva….. 80 percent of America Stands strong behind you……

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    1. obama chose salazar over Grijalva because salazar was a political favor repaid. salazar delived Colorado votes for obama’s election to president. (Which we now know was a BIG mistake) :-(((

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      1. In retrospect we can see that Obama also chose Salazar because he knew he would feel no compunction about destroying our remaining wild horses & burros, and Grijalva would not have.

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      2. Dear Kathryn, I believe that decision is Obamas waterloo………………HUGE Mistake………………………. Now I am hopeful that Honorable. Senator Mr. Grujalva will get all the help he will need to save Our mustangs…………………. He is their Champion……………………………

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