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12/8/09: Roundup Plan 2010 – Seize 12,000 More Horses, Burros
PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.wildhorsepreservation.com
UPDATE: On November 25, 2009 a lawsuit was filed to halt the Bureau of Land
Management’s huge Calico Complex (Nevada) horse roundup. The lawsuit
suspended the original December 7 capture date until December 28. During
the three-week postponement, motions seeking a preliminary and permanent
injunction against wild horse and burro roundups will have more time to
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President Obama, Vice President Biden, Acting Assistant Attorney General Cruden,
Secretary Salazar, Bureau of Land Management, and Members of Congress:
The Bureau of Land Management has mishandled the Wild Horse and Burro
Program for years — governing for extinction rather than preservation.
Despite vast public opposition, the agency’s 2010 Round-Up Schedule calls
for the seizure of another 12,000 wild horses and burros, with taxpayers
footing a $32 million bill. By catering to special interests such as big
game hunting, mining, oil drilling, development, and ranching, BLM impounds
more horses than it can adopt out. To deal with “surplus” American horses
and burros in federal holding, the animals commonly wind up on the auction
block, sold to “killer-buyers,” and trucked to foreign kill floors.
I understand a lawsuit has been filed to stop the removal of more than 2,500
horses in Nevada’s Calico Complex. Originally slated for December 9, 2009,
the mass roundup is now delayed until December 28. I sincerely hope the
delay results in a permanent injunction against the roundup, and also
prompts the Justice Department to intensify its investigation of BLM.
The Calico Complex removal exemplifies some core problems with BLM. After
the same herd was corralled in 2005, all mares among an estimated 575 horses
left on the range received contraceptive vaccines. Today, BLM argues that
3,000 horses roam the area. It is outlandish to assert that a small herd
controlled with contraception quintupled in size in less than five years. In
fact, residents accustomed to the herd claim numbers are far lower.
Ultimately, the government must place a moratorium on roundups until
impartial analysts count how many wild horses and burros literally inhabit
public lands. Moreover, I urge the White House and Congress to advocate
reinstatement of wild horses and burros in their native Western range, where
they can live naturally as American symbols of majesty and freedom.
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act of 1971 (ROAM) will renew
protections originally granted in 1971. Passage of this bill would keep
these magnificent creatures where they belong — on public, Western
rangelands. I am counting on your support and look forward to your reply.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
The AWHPC Team / American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
November 25, 2009 – Lawsuit filed to stop massive Calico Complex roundup
Secretary Salazar’s New Plan
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