Meat Out for Mustangs: Week 4

Wyoming Wild Horses free on the open range, where they belong.
Mustangs of Wyoming, wild and free on the open range, where they belong. Google search result. Unattributed image.

MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — The news continues to be sad for America’s Mustangs. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) remains relentless in its goal to zero out all remaining free-roaming wild horses and burros on public land.

Other than lawsuits, nothing has been effective in stopping the progress of the BLM’s seek and destroy mission concerning America’s wild horses.

Example.

Wyoming Roundup

Right now the BLM is planning a massive roundup in Wyoming.

According to reported numbers, there are 2,620 wild horses in the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek, and Stewart Creek Herd Management Areas.

The BLM’s goal is to remove 2,096 of these horses. That is 80% of the horses residing there.

This roundup would achieve the BLM’s aim of a low Appropriate Management Level of only 524 wild horses remaining on 753,000 acres of public land.

Mustang Murders

In the meantime, six Mustangs were murdered in Nevada. The public never would have known except for a Geology professor leading a student excursion in the area who came upon their remains and alerted someone, which in this case happened to be Tuesday’s Horse.

Yet no action has been taken that we can discover to find the culprits who committed these federal crimes. The local BLM office thought these killings were relatively recent. The U.S. Forestry Service later said, no, these horses were killed last Spring.

We must take their word for it. We can find no one interested in helping us to find out. It’s too much trouble and not worth the time and expense, they say.

Wild horses roam freely on public land in 10 States. These lands are vast and largely uninhabited. Local BLM offices are responsible for a huge amount of acreage not easily imaginable unless you have been out there to see it.

Local BLM offices do not seem to be adequately staffed to meet the many management demands made on them which extends well beyond wild horses. So who knows how many more Mustang have been shot and killed or other crimes committed against them that go unreported and not investigated.

Other Public Land Users

Please continue to “Meat Out for Mustangs” by giving up beef, meat or adopting a plant-based diet for the remainder of May.

Why?

The BLM has an agenda. That agenda is heavily influenced by local and corporate grazing interests who want public land for their own exclusive use. Suppliers of the beef industry are chief among them.

In recent telephone conferences, we have been told by representatives of other industries lobbying for public land use that they can and are happy to conduct their activities alongside America’s wild horses.

They added that many of their projects are short-term in nature and do not destroy whole areas for years the way that cattle grazing in particular does.

Further, they denied making statements that they also want public land emptied of Mustangs so they can do their work calling it “BLM propoganda”.

A few even went so far to say that they are beginning to see cattle ranchers as pesky, annoying and destructive as we do.

In this photo provided by the Interior Department shows Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arriving for his first day of work at the Interior Department in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, aboard Tonto, an 17-year-old Irish sport horse. (Interior Department via AP)
In this photo provided by the Interior Department shows Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arriving for his first day of work at the Interior Department in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, aboard Tonto, an 17-year-old Irish sport horse. (Interior Department via AP)

One pointed that in his opinion Interior Secretary Zinke “is not interested in cattle ranchers corporate or otherwise” and that his attention is “clearly elsewhere”. He didn’t specify what that meant.

We are examining how his ideas line up with our post, “Is Interior nominee Ryan Zinke good for bad for wild horses and burros?“. There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet on Zinke that does not like up with those quotes.

In the meantime, we are not getting carried away, but find this dialogue very interesting and are proceeding with caution.

What put us on the radar so that these talks began to happen? Meat Out for Mustangs!

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Thank you so much all of you. Keep up the good work. Meat out and keep spreading the word especially via social media.

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Last updated: 5/23/17, 2:1e pm EST

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