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Urgent: Save America’s Wild Horses!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:30pm
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In 1971, Congress declared our wild horses and burros an integral part of our public rangelands and ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to care for them as cultural icons. Over the years, the BLM has rounded up tens of thousands of our wild equines, often with cruel methods, and shipped them to tax-funded holding facilities where they are confined for the rest of their lives.

The BLM is again looking to apply the same failed model of round-ups and removals in revised management plans for wild horses out West. These plans must be altered.

If adopted, these management plans would decimate the wild horse population in the Wyoming Checkerboard, a two-million-acre mix of public and private land where nearly half of Wyoming’s wild horses live. This is certainly not the free-roaming vision Congress set out for these majestic animals.

The good news is that you can help! The BLM is accepting public comments through Friday, September 27, on the potentially devastating revisions to Resource Management Plans that will cull wild horses in Wyoming.

Please be a voice for our wild horses before their time runs out. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center right now to quickly contact the BLM. Urge the agency to adopt policies that give horses their fair share of habitat and keep them on the range where they belong.

On behalf of the horses, we thank you!

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Jan Jackson

The meat industry should NOT be given preference over Wild Horses!!! STOP THE INHUMANE ROUNDING UP AND SALE OR "STORAGE" of wild herds and do the moral thing! Preserve the wilderness heritage of ALL Americans. DEVELOP A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL FOR USE IN WILD HORSE HERDS!!!!

Marta Esposito

Our wild horses need to be protected not rounded up and held in pens. We need to protect their freedom. The cattle people need to allow these horse grazing right too. They are part of our legacy for our children.

Mel

They are wild and gods creatures why do people have the right to make these decisions. What do they harm and they are beautiful

Manny

Horses have been a critical part of our lives from even before most of us are born in 21st century. Such a noble and a lovable trustworthy animal needs our love including government policies to recognize their importance plus contribution to our society at many different levels. I vote to urge the agencies to adopt horses to give them their fair share of habitat in wilderness and/or ranges where they belong

Jane Owens

It is outrageous not to allow these horses to live free lives. Why should human greed and selfishness demean the planet? Stand up for these animals!

Tami Martino

Please leave the wild horses to their natural habitat. Thank you.

Lisa Whalen

Wild horses must be protected. Wild Horse Annie and her grammar school letter writing campaign along with many other individuals have worked hard to pass legislation to provide maximum protection for wild horses and to set aside and maintain rangelands for wild horses to range freely and remain undisturbed by humans-This is a big piece of our cultural heritage! Applying the same failed model of round-ups and removals is a disastrous plan-If adopted, these management plans would decimate the wild horse population in the Wyoming Checkerboard, a two-million-acre mix of public and private land where nearly half of Wyoming’s wild horses live. This is certainly not the free-roaming vision Congress set out for these majestic animals!

Wild horses do not belong in any type of holding facilities. I strongly urge the BLM to consider management options that provide maximum protection for American mustangs and wild burros. I strongly object to and oppose any BLM actions to remove/eradicate/reduce wild horses from the Great Divide Basin and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas, the Adobe Town Herd Management Area and the White Mountain Herd Management Area.

I intensely urge the BLM to adopt policies that give horses their fair share of habitat and keep them on the range where they belong.

Sarah B.

What many don't understand is that the wild horses aren't just shipped off to holding facilities and forgotten about. They are able to be adopted out after a roundup. And if the BLM were to let all the wild horses just stay out there and run free, we would have over population, wide-spread diseases, and they would end up suffering out in the wild. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of wild horses, I have even gone to the "holding facilities" and believe me the care and feed that they get there is better than what a lot of "domestic horses" get. I do however believe that their round-up methods could be a lot better. I grew up in the Midwest and understand why they try to manage the horse herds.

A. Busch

This is an outrage. We don't have many natural things left in this country. Keep the habitat and let the horses be wild.

Dawn Dimmick

I agree. Let them be free. God put these horses here for a reason. If they feel they have to capture some horses then it should be for the Good. I had read a book about a woman and her husband that took in abandoned and abused horse and nursed them back to health and opened their place for therapy horses and after getting to know the horses personality tried to matched that with a child, teen or even an adult with a similar personality. They type of children that were brought there were kids that may be in foster care, some disabilities, or just need to feel that they matter. When these kids came they came on a regular basis they got to know the horse and the horse got to know the child, or teen etc. get the picture. If I had the land and the money I would try to do something like this. But, to make something like this work you have to have good employees that care about and love horses. Just like abandoned and abused horses they need time, patience, understanding and love. This would also be true for wild horses. But, also make sure that the horses have fields and land where they can roam to run and still feel free.

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