With amazing public outcry beginning in April of this year, with 50,000 emails and letters sent and three legal actions filed, the BLM finally got the message that the American public would not stand for the barbaric sterilization experiments they had planned for 225 wild mares in a filthy holding facility in Burns, Oregon. The BLM called off the Wild Mare Sterilization Project at 3 am on Friday, September 9, 2016.
I personally want to thank all of you who wrote, emailed and called, some of you every day, Oregon State University to try to discourage them from participating in this inhumane butchery that the BLM had planned for 225 wild mares. Thank you to those of you who wrote articles in magazines and newspapers, who told your friends, and who spread the word. Thank you to the three groups/organizations who filed legal actions: Front Range Equine Rescue, The Cloud Foundation, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, Oregon Wild Horse & Burro Assn., Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition, and Wild Equid League of Colorado.
We do make a difference and we can make a difference.
When in late June this year, Republicans on the Federal Lands Sub-Committee launched a full out assault on wild horses on public lands in the West we found out what the plan was – to eradicate wild horses on our public lands using sterilization, and to euthanize the 45,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities.
We have stopped the first part of the plan, now it is time to work on stopping the second. When the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board voted to recommend on Friday, September 9, 2016 to euthanize (actually the correct word is kill) all 45,000 “unadoptable” wild horses that have been stockpiled over decades in BLM holding facilities, (the lone “no” vote being Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation) the gauntlet has been thrown down, the challenge is on for the second part of the plan.
Hundreds of people have been writing me “what can I do to help?”
Here is my answer.
Write, call and visit your Senators and Representatives. Call the White House. Any action like this on the part of the BLM is going to require Congressional Approval.
Here are the ways to contact them:
Contact the press. Tell them what is happening, give them information, give them my contact info I am happy to be interviewed. Get this out in from of as many people as possible.
Petitions – usually a waste of time. People sign them and think they have helped – no – we need you to start talking to people.
Spread the word with your friends, family, groups, schools.
Educate yourself. The issue is NOT that there is an overpopulation of wild horses and burros on our public lands – 70% of our wild herds have below 150 horses, which is below the level needed to maintain genetic viability.
The BLM has been rounding up and stockpiling our wild horses and burros for decades, and they are continuing to round them up this year and even this fall! This must stop immediately. Wild horses need to be managed on the range, in their homes, with their families. They should be managed as the principle species in the Herd Management Areas on our public lands.
What about the 45,000 wild horses and burros in holding? they should be returned to the 22 million acres that have been taken from our wild herds, that belonged to them at the time of the passage of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, and they should be allowed to live our their lives in peace and dignity, and freedom.
These are OUR horses – they do not belong to the BLM, and we must take action to save them.