Wild horses are making their last stand across the American West– Cloud’s herd is the most famous and it is difficult to believe what a challenge it is to save them– one little herd! Here are two others that need our help as well! And many, many more after that.
The intent of congress in 1971 was to protect all free roaming wild horses and burros as a national resource. § 1331. Congressional findings and declaration of policy
Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.
When this act became law, horses within the Federal Wildlife service and parks system were somehow excluded from Congressional intent.
Historically Sheldon gathers have been horrific examples of chaotic mistreatment of these magnificent horses. Often times the evidence implies a direct route to slaughter. Whenever we see an article about the horrors of a gather, the most frequent photo seen is from Sheldon 2006.
Many of the horses removed from Sheldon suffer severe trauma from these current processes that involve chaotic gathers and limited options for finding placement. A long- term implementation of policy that takes into account the adoptability of these animals and their ultimate safety must take place. This living symbol of America must be protected and treated with the respect they deserve. And at least afforded the same standard of “care” offered to other wild horses living on public land.
A stand has been made in Nevada for the horses that Congress forgot.
A children’s book illustrator has filed legal action.
Ultimately the weight of that responsibility will lie in the hands of the U.S. Senate as they consider S.1579. American intent in the original legislation was to protect ALL of OUR wild horses and burros.
Don’t let these horses be forgotten… again.
Follow the progress of this action, and to view the filed documents, visit the AOWHA war room:
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Tobin Horse Range Removals- Hundreds More Being Rounded Up in Nevada…
BLM plans to roundup and remove several hundred more wild horses from the Tobin Range Herd Management Area in Nevada which they plan to carry out next month. The deadline for public comment is this Friday, September 18th. Send comments re: ref. 4700/1792(NV-010)(NV-010-18) The “Tobin Range Capture Plan”.
Mr. Jerome Fox
Bureau of Land Management
Winnemucca District Office
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89446