Cull of the Brumbies: Battle over wild horses in Kosciusko National Park heats up

Wild Brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park. Image by Pat Callinan's 4X4 Adventures.
Wild Brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park. Image by Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures.

AUSTRALIA (Wild Horses) — The Sydney Morning Herald reporting.  A long-simmering dispute over brumbies in the Kosciusko National Park is set to heat up with the Berejiklian government ready to ditch a plan to reintroduce shooting to control feral numbers, a local advocate of the wild horses has said.

Peter Cochran, president of the Snowy Mountains Bush Users Groups and a former NSW Nationals MP, said the government is set to reject key measures outlined in its draft management plan released a year ago.

The draft called for the elimination of 90 per cent of the estimated 6000 wild horses in the national park over 20 years to limit impacts on the sensitive upland environment. Ground-based shooting was one proposed control method.

“They have ruled out all shooting – aerial and ground – unless there are exceptional circumstances,” such as an injured animal, Mr Cochran told Fairfax of the revised plans. He attended last month’s Nationals conference in Broken Hill. Continue reading »

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Wild Horse Destiny. A poem by Craig Downer.

WILD HORSES — As a thank you for participating in Meat Out for Mustangs throughout the month of May with us, we thought we should share something extra special with you on our final day of this very special campaign. It a beautiful poetic tribute to wild horses.

WILD HORSE DESTINY
by Craig Downer

Something there is of Destiny
that calls to me
in the wild horse
who runs so free
upon the remotest
desert and plain,
mountain range
or valley green,
for there is a Rightness here
and an ancestral precedence
dating back millions of years!

Surely this egotistical upstart
called civilized man
shall not be allowed
to extinguish
either this powerfully beautiful line
of ascent from ancient times,
or that by-God-valued Freedom
without which
the very soul of Horsekind
would be denied.

… And there is something implicit here too
in the very Destiny of all we call “the West”
that affirms: “Without wild horses
free to roam the vast unfenced expanses,
the West itself its very soul would lose!”
May Heaven forbid!
Praise God!

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Streams of the Soul

BY CRAIG DOWNER
Streams of the Soul delves deeply into the true nature and spirit of all life. Its lyrical messages obey a great inspirational calling that breaks free from many cultural confines. This exciting book speaks to the heart and soul while awakening the mind with a greater meaning and vision for life.  Certain fascinating poems such as the one above depict animals, such as wild horses, and their role on Earth. 

Buy it now at Amazon.com »

The Wild Horse Conspiracy

ALSO BY CRAIG DOWNER
This stirring book fully justifies America’s magnificent wild horses and burros while countering the biased machinations against them. Written by an ecologist who grew up observing these animals in the West, it presents new evidence concerning their history and evolution in North America then describes their many positive contributions to soils, plants, animals and people.

Buy it now at Amazon.com »

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Two Mustangs. National Geographic.

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BLM’s proposed 2018 budget includes provision for unlimited sale of wild horses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), tasked with the management of America’s wild horses and burros on public lands, released its proposed budget for 2018 which includes a $10 million reduction for its Wild Horse and Burro Management Program and the ability to conduct sales without limitation. View Budget Justification Document (pdf, 11 pp).

In the overview section of its justification document they state:

The BLM also proposes to address the explosive cost growth in the Wild Horse and Burro Management program.

The BLM then calls for a $10 million reduction in spending on its Wild Horse and Burro Management Program stating:

The consistent growth in annual costs for the program is unsustainable and constrains the Bureau’s ability to effectively address competing uses of public lands, as the number of animals on the range and BLM holding facilities grows.

To accomplish its proposed $10 million budget reduction, the BLM suggests:

As such, the budget proposes to give BLM the tools it needs to manage this program in a more cost-effective manner, including the ability to conduct sales without limitations.

In a BLM press release they make it even clearer stating its 2018 budget plan would allow for the humane euthanasia and unrestricted sale of “excess animals.”

The unrestricted sales of excess animals of course opens the door to slaughter.

In its budget justification the BLM discusses further funding decrease methods:

The remainder of the funding decrease will be achieved by reducing gathers, reducing birth control treatments, and other activities deemed inconsistent with prudent management of the program.

The proviso “other activities deemed inconsistent with prudent management of the program” could meaning anything and is dangerous language.

The BLM have demonstrated throughout its history that their idea of wild horse and burro management is to get rid of them any way they can.

The motivation is of course this recurring theme — “competing uses of public lands”.

This is a problem the Department of Interior and its Bureau of Land Management have created for the wild horses and burros. Not the other way around.

There are so few remaining wild horses and burros.  In the vastness of America’s public lands, how can they possibly be troubling anybody? They cannot.

No one who has witnessed their destruction over the decades would think there is a federal law protecting them.

“Competing uses” is chiefly — if not entirely — about the ranchers grazing their livestock on public lands, particularly the corporate billion dollar “welfare” ranchers who are leasing these lands for a song and now using their clout on the Hill to destroy what is left of America’s free-roaming wild horses and burros. They are the ones making the loudest and possibly the only noise on “competing uses”.

There’s more. These factions who favor the “unrestricted sale” of wild horses are doing so in anticipation of the return of horse slaughter to U.S. soil in 2018.

Take Action

Contact your federal lawmakers — including your Representatives and both U.S. Senators — and tell them you oppose the Bureau of Land Management’s 2018 budget proposal that would allow them to sell America’s wild horses and burros without limitation and ask that this language is removed.

This is an instance where your lawmakers must hear from you directly. Call them or use their online contact form. However, calls are really most urgently required.

Calling and Contact Forms

If you know your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators, call them via the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Or use the Senate Phone List or House Phone List to find their phone numbers. These lists also provide a link to their website which hosts their contact forms.

If you do not know who represents you in Washington, use the links below.

U.S. House

Find Your U.S. RepresentativeYou will need your zip code +4.

U.S. Senate

Find Your U.S. Senators.

Summary

Your call should sound something like this:

• I am opposed to language in the BLM’s proposed budget for 2018 that allows the unlimited sale of our wild horses and burros which exposes them to slaughter.

• I am opposed to language that the remainder of the BLM’s funding decrease will be achieved “by other activities deemed inconsistent with prudent management of the program”.

• Please see that this language is removed from the BLM’s 2018 Budget.

Note: If you have signed a Petition, that is not enough. Please contact your lawmakers directly. Thank you.

Wild Horse War Chest

Please donate to help us fight hard in Washington D.C. for our wild horse and burros. Every dollar you give is enormously helpful in these critical times. Thank you!

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Captured Mustangs. Google search result. Unattributed photo.

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