Whispers from the Obama camp say the President may be ready to fire U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Who would welcome that more than wild horse and burro advocates?
Obama has hinted at ridding his administration of Salazar before, but it came to nothing.
Not long ago, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for Salazar’s head on a plate, but that was all to do with energy issues.
For horse lovers, it is about America’s iconic mustangs and burros.
Energy and environmental issues are probably highest on the list of most U.S. citizens when it comes to Salazar. However, the heat has been on from the time Obama took office when cruel, escalated, costly and deadly roundups by Salazar’s rogue federal agency, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), began decimating what is left of America’s wild horse and burro herds.
During the Obama administration, citizens have continually flooded the White House with phone calls, faxes and emails, first asking, then pleading with the President to stop all roundups and investigate the BLM. He has even had thousands of wild equine advocates send in questions during social media based Question and Answer programs. Nothing.
Recently leading wild horse activist R. T. Fitch flew with his wife and a colleague to Washington D.C. and hand-delivered to an Obama staff member over 15,000 letters* calling for the President to take action to protect America’s wild horses and burros.
Obama has ignored it all, and refused to take any sort of action to stop the destruction of these federally protected equines.
Perhaps the latest revelations that the BLM are directly or indirectly sending wild horses to slaughter through its so-called sale authority has been the long-awaited, worked for and prayed for catalyst to get Obama to fire Salazar.
Particularly devastating in one report is that a known slaughter horse trader working out of Salazar’s home state of Colorado tried to raise money through Interior Secretary’s brother to open a horse slaughter plant to dump them in.
It also hurts the Obama Administration that the President signed a bill into law that allows horse slaughter to return to U.S. soil, although it was an important budget bill that he could not line veto.
For America’s wild horses and burros it cannot come a moment too soon for Obama to say, “Ken . . . you’re fired.”
Now is the time to put on even more pressure. Please keep working.
* If I do not have that number right, I am sure someone will correct it. Thank you. –Ed.