We are making a difference, the white house is receiving a lot of calls. Thanks to everyone who calls and writes for the wild horses– some even daily! We are now on “the issues checklist” meaning one of the top issues people call about. The treatment and mismanagement of our wild herds is not logical, sustainable, humane or legal. Demand a moratorium on roundups– call for Obama (202-456-1111) and Congress (202-224-3121) to:
NOT FUND ROUNDUPS OR THE SALAZAR PLAN! Wild horses live only on 4% of our public lands, moving them to the East is a huge waste of their lives and taxpayer money and destructive to or dwindling western herds
1) Place a moratorium on all roundups until accurate and independent assessments of population numbers and range conditions are made available and a final, long-term solution is formalized.
2) Restore protections included in the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. Update existing laws that protect wild horses by reopening certain public lands to the mustangs and burros, thus decreasing the number in captivity. Return healthy wild horses and burros in holding to all available acres of public land designated primarily for their use in 1971. If these lands are not available, equivalent and appropriate western public lands should be added in their place.
3) Support federal grazing permit buybacks. Reduce livestock grazing and reanalyze appropriate management levels for herd management areas to allow for self-sustaining, genetically-viable herds to exist in the west.
4) Conduct Congressional hearings regarding the mismanagement of our wild herds and further investigate the inability of BLM to correct the shortcomings of the program as audited by the Government Accountability Office’s 1990, 1991 and 2008 reports.