Via the Associated Press
Scott Sonner writes:
RENO, Nev. – (Feb. 12, 2012) Wild horse protection advocates are accusing the federal Bureau of Land Management of stacking a public advisory board with friends of cattle ranchers at the expense of mustangs, and warning that the panel is increasingly sympathetic to the idea of slaughtering excess animals in overpopulated herds on U.S. lands in the West.
BLM officials deny the charges and are fighting back in uncharacteristically strong terms, saying the activists are resorting to dishonest scare tactics to help push their “anti-management agenda by any means possible.”
“Their apocalypse-now, sky-is-falling rhetoric is flagrantly dishonest and is clearly aimed at preventing the BLM from gathering horses from overpopulated herds on the range,” BLM spokesman Tom Gorey said in an interview with The Associated Press. “The BLM is not ‘managing for extinction.’ There is no conspiracy to put down healthy horses that are in off-the-range holding facilities.”
Further along in the AP article is a quote from Callie Hendrickson, whose appointment has raised the grave concerns expressed by wild horse advocates.
Hendrickson told the AP she was “open” to other options, but not to leaving excess horses on the range. “The rangeland cannot sustain such large numbers,” she said.
Insofar as we can see, the only wild horses being sustained in “such large numbers” are in federally maintained long-term holding facilities. There are no accurate numbers either of how many actually remain in Herd Management Areas, or in BLM prison camps due to the agency’s lack of transparency, and as many suggest, the fudging of data to support its wild horse and burro eradication agenda.
How can this, and the recent appointment of Hendrickson, be viewed any other way?