Captured Mustangs nuzzle for comfort. Image / Elyse Gardner.

Interior Secretary blitzed by Americans protesting pro-slaughter appointee

Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board appointment draws a storm of protest

Captured Mustangs nuzzle for comfort. Image / Elyse Gardner.

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2012) – The Department of the Interior has received thousands of calls today in protest to the appointment of Callie Hendrickson, an openly anti-wild horse, pro horse slaughter woman from Colorado to the National Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Hendrickson was appointed to serve on the Board, representing the General Public. Callers contend that Hendrickson does not represent the vast majority of citizens who oppose the slaughter of horses and support the presence of wild horses on rangeland in the West.

“We’re proud that so many Americans are riding to the rescue of our wild horses,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation and producer of the popular Cloud programs on PBS. “The appointment of Ms. Hendrickson is the latest in an alarming trend, considering that this Board recommends wild horse and burro management strategies to the BLM.”

Last June, Secretary Salazar appointed James Stephenson of Washington state to the Board. Stephenson spoke about the need for slaughter as a management option at the last National Advisory Board meeting in Washington D.C.

— Currently, over 45,000 once-wild horses live in government holding facilities, double the number that wild horse advocates estimate are still living free on their designated ranges in the West.

— 339 wild herds were identified for protection by the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act. Today 179 herds remain.

— Wild horses and burros exist on roughly 31.6 million acres (11% of our public lands)—down from 53 million acres originally designated for their use.

— 2-3 million head of privately owned livestock are permitted on 157 million acres of BLM lands.

— Wild horses and burros compete for forage with livestock on 86% of their designated ranges where private livestock are allocated 83% of the forage.

— Only 3 to 4% of all beef consumed in the United States comes from public lands grazing.

— Public land grazing revenues total $23 million. Administration costs total $144 million, resulting in a yearly shortfall of $121 million.

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LINKS OF INTEREST

ASPCA Poll from Lake Research Partners shows 80% of Americans do not believe in horse slaughter: http://bit.ly/ySl7oG

Foundation release on Advisory Board appointments: http://bit.ly/zEfa1T

10 Steps to Restore America’s Wild Horses & Burros: http://bit.ly/nWcJRh

4 thoughts on “Interior Secretary blitzed by Americans protesting pro-slaughter appointee”

  1. What needs to be done is put every horse inmate that is locked up in holding pens and so called private ranches that nobody seems to be able to locate back on the ranges they were kidnapped from. The next lawsuit should be about the losses of taxpayer dollars to support welfare ranchers and cancel all grazing permits. And stop the war on natural predators that have been going on for a hundred years.

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  2. Hi Ms. Grant-I love your blog & am glad to be kept abreast of what is going on. I wondered if you might consider adding photos to your posts. The only reason I ask is because I have been putting blog posts & articles onto pinterest, but can only pin them if there is a photo. So many people follow pinterest now and I have been able to expose some that might not otherwise know what is going on. Several people are repinning the articles I put on my “Mustang/Slaughter/Horse Issue Pinterest board. I understand if you can’t, but wondered if you might be able to. Thanks! :) Holly

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