Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to meet in Colorado Oct 18-Oct 19

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.

GRAND JUNCTION, CO (Wild Horses & Burros) — The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet Oct. 18-19 in Grand Junction, Colorado, to discuss wild horse and burro overpopulation on public lands and the impacts the animals are having on the range.

The meeting will be live-streamed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time at blm.gov/live.

Today, the BLM estimates that about 73,000 wild horses and burros reside in 10 Western states—a record number since the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed—and almost three times the number the habitat can sustainably support in conjunction with other land uses.

The agenda of the upcoming meeting can be found in the Oct. 3 Federal Register at federalregister.gov/d/2017-20935.

The meeting will be held at the Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Boulevard at Horizon Drive. The hotel’s website address is grandvistahotel.com and its phone number is 970/241-1077.

Prior to the meeting, a field tour will be held on Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., departing from the Grand Vista Hotel lobby in Grand Junction. The field tour will have limited availability for the public on a first-come, first-served advance sign up. Attendees must provide for their own transportation (four-wheel drive recommended). To sign up, contact Dorothea Boothe by e-mail no later than Oct. 6 at dboothe@blm.gov.

The public can address the Advisory Board on Oct. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. Individuals who want to make a statement should register in person with the BLM prior to 3 p.m., local time, on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board could limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting. There will be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded. Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement to:

National Wild Horse and Burro Program
WO-261
Attention: Ramona DeLorme
1340 Financial Boulevard
Reno, NV, 89502-7147
Ph: 775/861-6583

Comments may also be e-mailed to the BLM at whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov; please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the e-mail’s subject line.

SOURCE
TheHorse.com

 

Despite Trump promise, BLM breaks rule of Law making extinction all but inevitable for Wild Horses & Burros

Wild horse helicopter roundup. National Geographic.
Wild horse helicopter roundup. National Geographic.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s White Paper exposes BLM: Never-seen evidence proves America’s wild horses and burros are disappearing without explanation

PINEHURST, TexasJuly 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Inc. (WHFF), today released its white paper, “Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, with a Focus on Problems Related to Holding Facilities.”  America’s wild horses and burros – long a national treasure and symbol of freedom – are endangered and being pushed towards extinction, despite the Trump administration’s promise to uphold the rule of law. 

The comprehensive white paper cites taxpayer waste and multitudes of inconsistencies in documentation presented to both the American public and Congress.  These alleged offenses continue to occur under the direction of Trump-appointed Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI), Ryan Zinke.

WHFF’s document notes current and historical violations that include evidence of misrepresentation, wasting taxpayer funds, and lack of scientific accounting for the wild horses and burros — in absolute defiance of the Congressional statute that provides for the safety of the iconic wild herds.

The five-year investigation culminating in the document has uncovered a consistent pattern of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) releasing misinformation thought to confuse and mislead the American taxpaying public and legislators.

For years, the BLM has taken healthy wild horses and burros from their legally protected lands in the American West at the expense of taxpayers.  Notably, on those lands, the cost to taxpayers was nothing, yet the BLM roundups have continued, taking tens of thousands of wild horses into captivity.  Despite the reported number of horses in captivity (46,000) to date, large numbers of horses have mysteriously disappeared from the holding pens or during transports where they never arrived.  And it appears that taxpayer money has been wasted by the BLM, at the expense of the wild horses and burros they are supposed to protect.

WHFF’s FOIA obtained documentation on this topic, many of which have never been reviewed by Congress or the public, appear to verify that BLM statements are filled with inaccuracies and poor math. The beneficiaries of this systemic misrepresentation have been ranching and corporate energy interests, both of whom, not surprisingly, are major donors to politicians who cover the areas where the most wild horses and burros are found.

Despite a strident outcry from American taxpayers who want, as the law requires, the horses and burros protected and returned to their rightful place on public lands, the BLM has repeatedly asserted to America that the wild horses and burros need to be under its care.  In the last century, the wild horse population has gone from two million to less than 36,000 under BLM management.  Less than two out of 100 wild horses that were present then remain in 2017.

WHFF’s white paper details multiple examples of mishandling of taxpayer funds, but the upshot is simple: alleged false assurances have been offered up to taxpayers while private and special interests have had their way with the use of public lands.  In another words, the BLM is the fox that guards the henhouse, seemingly unwilling to enforce the laws that obligate them to protect wild horses and burros.

“The DOI and the BLM have undertaken a long term ‘Fake News’ campaign to spread misinformation to confuse the issue. They want the wild horses and burros slaughtered, gone, full stop.  Americans are not going to stand for that,” says Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s President R.T. Fitch.  “It appears that President Trump appointed a long time horse slaughter proponent to oversee the DOI and his first major act could be to kill tens of thousands of wild horses and burros making this White Paper a timely must read for all Americans.” he continued.

This is paramount in importance right now for the wild horses and burros and American taxpayers.  In the coming days the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the Interior appropriations bill, which includes the Wild Horse and Burro Program with the threat of killing wild horses and burros touted as a budgetary necessity.  Without intervention, for the rising generations of America, wild horses and burros will be gone forever.


To read the WHFF white paper and for more information go to:
http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/white-paper/.

Download and deliver it to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators (pdf, 44 pp).


Wild Horse Freedom Federation(WHFF) is a Texas non-profit corporation with federal 501c3 status. WHFF is the voice of not only those animals that cannot speak for themselves but also, most effectively, for the majority of the American public which has repeatedly expressed the desire to stop the unnecessary removal of wild horses and burros from public lands where they should remain, and the proper, legal management of the Wild Horse & Burro Program.

WHFF is funded exclusively through the generosity of the American public.

Source

Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Inc. News Release

Related Links

http://www.wildhorsefreedom.org

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National Geographic

Meat Out for Mustangs will continue beyond May

Pryor Mountain wild horses. Google search result. Unattributed image.
Pryor Mountain wild horses. Google search result. Unattributed image.

MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — Meat Out for Mustangs will continue beyond May. Due to the incredibly high level of participation and feedback from you, we will Meat Out for Mustangs every Monday for the rest of the year.

Meat Out for Mustangs is a campaign on behalf of Mustangs in the U.S.  This has been a very timely campaign. One of the benefits of a campaign like this is that it keeps the plight of U.S. Mustangs in the forefront of our thought and active on their behalf.

It is not just citizens in the U.S. who are participating in this campaign to raise awareness about the plight of its Mustangs and the startling destructive practices against them. This campaign has taken on an international flavor.

People are participating in Meat Out for Mustangs — for America’s wild horses — in the following countries:

Canada
England
Ireland
France
Mexico
Spain
Poland
Australia

This is a very moving tribute to how widely cherished wild horses and in particular the American Mustang is outside this U.S.

Here are the general percentages on participants’ “meat out” choice.

Vegan 50%
No Beef 30%
No Meat 20%

How many have taken the pledge?

Well, we don’t know exactly because we can barely keep up with the pledges which have been pouring in steadily since May 1. However, as of this writing we are just over 90,000 in the U.S. and over 100,000 overall. This of course does not take into account those who are taking part and not signed a pledge.

In the meantime, there is plenty of work to do. U.S residents, please take action on the BLM’s budget proposal for 2o18 »

Thank you everyone!

The glory of the horses that Meat Out for Mustangs is all about in pictures

MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — Here are some glorious images of wild horses we have pinned on our page. If this doesn’t inspire you, nothing will. If you are having that Monday, Monday feeling, this should perk you up and put a wonderful smile on your face.

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