Congressional Cmte to call for halt on wild horse gathers (US)

Wild Horse Helicopter Roundup. (Cloud Foundation Photo)
Support the House Natural Resources Committee call to halt the roundups. Write or call your U.S. representative and senators and urge them to support a moratorium pending decisions by Congress on the role of the BLM and the course of the wild horses and burros program. (Cloud Foundation Photo)

Advocates have long been calling for a moratorium on the roundups and removal of America’s wild horses and burros from our public lands, and further for an investigation into the conduct of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the government agency responsible for managing them.

It appears we are getting closer to achieving those aims.

The Animal Law Coalition reports:

A Congressional staff member confirmed to the Animal Law Coalition that the House Natural Resources Committee is calling on BLM to stop all gathers or removals of wild horses and burros until Congress takes action on the controversial issues surrounding the wild horse and burro program.

A Congressional staff member told Animal Law Coalition, “It is my understanding that BLM has 11 more roundups planned for 2009 and is expecting to remove more than 6,000 horses. This is unacceptable especially in light of the fact that these roundups are not based on science.”

Support the House Natural Resources Committee call to halt the roundups.

Write or call your U.S. Representative and both U.S. Senators and urge them to support a moratorium pending decisions by Congress on the role of the BLM and the course of the wild horse and burro program. Copy the Committee on any fax or letter to your representative and senators so they can see your support for a moratorium!

Enough wild horses already (US)

By VIVIAN GRANT

Wild horse has fits of uncontrollable laughter in BLM holding facility. Condition believed to stem from torture by recitation of BLM wild horse management proposals and intelligence reports.  Symptoms of hysteria heighten at the mention of the name Alan Shepherd.  Has been placed in isolation corral away from all BLM personnel for observation to see if his condition improves.  Begged to be taken home by Madeleine Pickens.  Mentioned he has already been castrated.
Wild horse has fits of uncontrollable laughter in BLM holding facility. Condition believed to stem from torture by recitation of BLM wild horse management proposals and intelligence reports. Symptoms of hysteria heighten at the mention of the name Alan Shepherd. Has been placed in isolation corral away from all BLM personnel for observation to see if his condition improves. Begged to be taken home by Madeleine Pickens. Mentioned he has already been castrated.

There are some insanely stupid ramblings from the Buffoonery of Land Management out there, and we won’t link to all of them in case you go away and never come back.

One has to gasp yet again at what they are trying to pass off as intelligence.

I guess I am just too ornery to live. I don’t like nuthin’ about nuthin’ that is being said or planned by anybody for the preservation of our wild horses and burros (though they are hardly mentioned).

Except for this: Let them go. Let them go and put them all back where you got them. Simple, cost effective and little or no trouble for decades to come. Oh yeah, and no PZP required.

Yet the arguments go on, and the horses and burros are disappearing.

I know there are great wild horse advocates who seem to know everything there is to know about everything there is. There are no experts better on animal protectionist type stuff anywhere. They know it all.

So what do they do?

They all get together and talk and talk to the BLM and give them all kinds of actual, real time, god’s honest truth, good information. They even testified and gave them even more stuff at some big meeting or something for which they should get some kind of medal of honor endurance award in coping with absurdities being spewed by twats.

Outcome? The BLM remain stupidly stupid and proceed with their plans.

In the middle of all this animal rescue queen and billionaire woman Madeline Pickens comes up with some jotted down ideas on how to save the world for the wild horses (but sadly no burros who are oh so cute and just as deserving and just as valuable). But this means having a million acres but putting them on a few of them so people can come look at them, and making them barren so they can’t make more wild horses for people to look at again later, if they want to.

What happens? Mrs P is hailed as the hero of all horse heroes.

Hmmm. Kinda like the economic bailout. Scare people silly, throw a buncha money at it, everything is okay again, and folks are so relieved they don’t question anything but say oh thank god for rich people, and we can trust all their ideas cause they know what they’re doing or they wouldn’t be so rich.

Sigh.

Anyway, so it sounds great that the wild horses are not going to be killed and gone forever. Oh, but wait a minute. Somebody buys them all up, sticks them on some private like land and gives them big doses of infertility forever drugs. It’s okay, they won’t belong to you any more American public, but they won’t be dead. Not yet anyway. It will take a few generations.

Oh happy days for cows and their moms and dads on welfare. They won’t have to worry about those eating disordered equines gobbling up all the food until they explode and make thousands more of them, destroying America’s entire leftover natural resources until there is nothing left for anybody except horses and we all have to move to Canada.

But wait. There are some folks blaming it all on W and the oil and gas merchants. Well, I always thought that derricks and horses got on just fine together. That’s what I’ve always heard and keep hearing, and I have lived lots in Texas. As a matter of fact, the oilers would like to see all those cattle off the public lands cause cattle just get in the way of everything. You gotta move them around and there are just so frickn’ many millions of the things.

Hmmm, let’s see. Texas. Oil and gas. Cattle industry. Wild horses. Pickens. Hmmm, those are some of the pieces of this puzzle, but I wonder what the big picture is?

Well, if you’ve gotten this far and can stand any more, here are a couple of particularly ludicrous blurbs from an article in a Wyoming paper:

Locally, two small herds of wild horses reside in the Pryor Mountains and the McCullough Peaks.

There were proposed roundups (gathers) this fall for both herds. The Pryor gather was canceled this year due to personnel issues.

Although the McCullough Peaks roundup has been postponed, Alan Shepherd, BLM Wyoming wild horse specialist in Cheyenne, said it could still occur if BLM Deputy Director Henri Bisson gives the local office the go-ahead.

According to the BLM’s 2008 numbers, approximately 33,000 wild horses and burros are living on bureau-managed land in 10 western states. The bureau said 27,300 is an appropriate management level.

Only a fraction of that number exists in Wyoming — about 3,600 wild horses. In northern Wyoming, there are nearly 200 wild horses in the Pryors and 184 in the McCullough Peaks. The Billings BLM, which oversees the Pryor ponies, said 95 adults is the appropriate management level in the 39,000 acre range. Shepherd said 100 is probably a good number to sustain genetic viability in the Peaks.

Oh, lawdy, this lunatic doesn’t know when to stop. How about this?

Shepherd said in the 20 years he has been in bureau wild horse management, the bureau has made great strides in maintaining wild horses and their habitat.

I say one of Shepherd is plenty and should not be allowed to breed. It’s for the good of the herd. The human herd.

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