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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8 totally cool and tasty recipes for homemade vegan popsicles

MEAT OUT FOR MUSTANGS — We agreed to continue Meat Out for Mustangs every Monday until the wild horses remaining on public lands are left there with no further human interference and the ones held in captivity are either restored to their original HMAs or placed in strategically designed reserves.

Our campaign was certainly timely.

When the 2018 Trump budget proposal came out allowing the BLM to conduct the wholesale murder of wild horses in long and short term holding, we had already drawn a lot of attention to their plight. The budget move against the Mustangs proved to our accusers who said we were exaggerating the issue that we clearly are not.

Interestingly, our plan would achieve a much reduced BLM budget which requires killing no one.

Keeping in spirit with our Meat Out for Mustangs campaign, on request here are 8 totally cool and delicious homemade vegan popsicle ideas. Click images for recipes.

1. Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles

A breakfast popsicle. How sweet is that?

Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.
Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.

2. Avocado Lime Popsicles

Homemade Avocado Lime Popsicles
Click image for the recipe. Healthier Steps.

3. Vegan Blueberry Coconut Popsicles

Beaming Baker
Click image for recipe. Beaming Baker.

4. Patriotic Popsicles

These are not just awesome for the 4th of July. They are awesome all summer long!

Patriotic Popsicles. One Green Planet.
Click image for recipe. One Green Planet.

5. Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles

Cantaloupe Lucuma Popsicles. Elephantastic Vegan.
Click image for recipe. Elephantastic Vegan.

6. Lava Flow Popsicles

Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.

Click image for recipe. One Lovely Life. Made with pineapple, mangoes and strawberries.
Click image for recipe. One Lovely Life.

7. Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles

Watermelon Kiwi vegan popsicles. By Well Vegan.
Click image for recipe. Well Vegan.

We may have saved the best for last even though all of the foregoing are divine. Sigh!

8. Creamy Chocolate Mint Vegan Popsicles

Creamy Chocolate Mint Popsicles. Vegan. Bojon Gourmet.
Click image for Recipe. Bojon Gourmet.

Take the Pledge!

One day a week can make a world of difference to our planet and those who live on it. If you haven’t already done so, take the pledge to meat out for Mustangs every Monday.

Resources

Great tips for Meat Out Mondays »

7 Days of Recipes for Meat Out Mondays »

Meat Free Monday (Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney) »

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.

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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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