London Protest for Wild Horses & Burros! March 25th, 2010

Outrage Over Wild Horse and Burro Removals Crosses the Pond

CHICAGO, (Equine Welfare Alliance) – The outrage over the round-up of America’s wild horses and burros has spread internationally. Groups in the United Kingdom will be holding a rally in front of the American Embassy in London on March 25. On the same day, Americans will be holding a rally across from the White House in Lafayette Park that will conclude in front of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices.

The London Protest was organized by Jane Bravery, Mary Alice Pollard of Cornwall’s Voice for Animals (CVFA), Maria Daines, singer/songwriter and board member of Saving America’s Horses and international actress, Melita Morgan. The rally is cosponsored by the Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and The Cloud Foundation (TCF).

Maria Daines commented, “If we do not stand as one on issues that affect all species whose purpose is to live wild and free, we cannot expect our own species to evolve in a compassionate and considerate way towards each other. Wild horses deserve their time and place, they deserve our protection and we must exist peacefully with these glorious creatures or risk losing them forever.

Mary Alice Pollard adds, “Cornwalls Voice for Animals represents seven thousand supporters worldwide and stands united in ending wild horse round-ups and seeing the wild horses being born free and living wild and free.”

The Washington DC rally and press conference is hosted by Friends of Animals and is cosponsored by EWA, TCF, and In Defense of Animals. A screening of James Kleinert’s documentary, Disappointment Valley will be held the night prior to the protest. Celebrities, advocates and organization members from across the country are expected to attend the two day event.

There is a groundswell of support for the preservation of America’s Mustangs. The BLM would like the public to believe this is just a minor uprising but this is a major international movement.” ~Ginger Kathrens, volunteer executive director, TCF.

The recent deadly round-up at the Calico Complex in Nevada has added to the tremendous support for a moratorium on round-ups. To date, 113 wild horses have lost their lives as a result of the round-up. At least two foals literally had their hooves run off.

“Our wild horses don’t have the luxury of time to waste while we grapple with bad policy. We must not allow special interests to methodically eliminate these horses from public land or our future generations will be robbed of their natural heritage.” ~Mariana Tosca, Actor and Social Activist/Animal Activist

CVFA, EWA and TCF urge the public to attend these rallies and ask that President Obama issue an immediate moratorium on round-ups and reject BLM plans to relocate wild horses to the East and Midwest until current range studies and independent population counts are available.

EWA’s John Holland notes, “The United Call for a Moratorium originally sent to President Obama and the Department of Interior in November, remains unanswered.”

The Equine Welfare Alliance is a dues free, umbrella organization with over 100 member organizations. The organization focuses its efforts on the welfare of all equines and the preservation of wild equids.

www.equinewelfarealliance.org

www.cornwallsvoiceforanimals.org

March for Mustangs in your home town – March 25th: Washington DC, London and Las Vegas … so far

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18 Responses to “London Protest for Wild Horses & Burros! March 25th, 2010”

  1. Susan McCauley Says:

    Animal World USA-International is hosting the 1st Annual Week for UK Animals July 3-11, 2010.
    We will post any event that is held during the week to continue support for the mustangs on the calendar page of http://www.ukanimals.org.
    Let’s all hold the banner up high in support for The Cloud Foundation and all of the horses everywhere that need our continued support.

  2. Sandra Miller Says:

    I am excited to discover the organization, Cornwall’s Voice for Animals (CVFA), and hear about their support for our March 25th rally. I have ancestors and relatives in Cornwall! No wonder my grandfather John Henry Harding, D.V.M., a Cornish man through and through, had such a love for horses. His grandfather in Cornwall and namesake, John Henry Harding, raised coach horses. My great-grandfather in Iron Mountain, MI, raced pacers. When his favorite pacer, Randall Hayes, died, the whole family took him out to the Harding farm and helped bury him with honors. I know they are all with us in spirit in this campaign!!

  3. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, NO WONDER YOU HAVE SUCH A LOVE FOR ANIMALS. I THINK THAT ALL OF THE BRITISH ISLES ARE FILLED WITH ANIMAL LOVERS.

  4. Sandra Miller Says:

    I agree, Louie, the British Isles are filled with animal lovers. I just stopped to check this article to see if any more comments were posted – I forgot to to check “Notify me of follow up comments”, but I will do so tonight. I believe the Humane Society movement began in England in the 19th century. The Humane Society of the United States, despite its name, is not the parent organization of our local Humane Societies. HSUS just started in 1954, I believe. Our Humane Society here in South Bend is independent and much older than that. Are you familiar with the stories of James Herriot, DVM, who lived in Yorkshire, England? His books were also made into a PBS series which ran for a long time. They are “All Creatures Great and Small”, “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “All Things Wise and Wonderful”, and “The Lord God Made Them All”. The books are true stories of his life as a vet in the years before and after WWII. You would love them! The pre WWII stories are a wonderful picture of vet medicine without antibiotics (they came out of WWII) – the kind of vet medicine my grandfather practiced.

  5. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, I SURE AM FAMILIAR WITH JAMES HARRIOT–ONE OF MY FAVORITES. I HAVE THEM ALL.

  6. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, DID YOU COMMENT ON THE FOREST SERVICE HERD AREA ASSESSMENTS? THEY ARE DUE BY MARCH 19. I WOULD LIKE TO COMPARE NOTES WITH SOMEONE.

  7. Sandra Miller Says:

    I have not. This appeared to be a somewhat different kind of thing than we have done before. It is not about stopping a round up. I thought maybe IDA would help us out and set up a place to comment through TCF, but that hasn’t happened. Here is what is wanted, quoted from the article posted on TCF:

    “The purpose of this project is to update or establish AMLs and set general management direction for the Wild Horse and Burro territories (WHTs) on the Monitor, Hot Creek, and Toquima Mountain Ranges. We would like your thoughts on the scope of issues to be addressed in the environmental analysis (EA) and your comments on the proposed action.”

    Also, this line is in bold print: ” Within the eleven WHTs, there are 21 cattle allotments administered by the FS (14 active and 7 vacant).” That sounds important.

    Marilyn would probably be a good source of information. What about American Herds? I just realized that I didn’t know enough about this to comment. It would probably be safe to object strongly about the cattle’s presence!

  8. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, HOW ABOUT JUST ASKING THAT THEY BE CERTAIN THAT THE HORSES GET A FAIR SHARE IN THIS ASSESSMENT. THEY CAN, AT LEAST KNOW THAT WE ARE WATCHING.

  9. Sandra Miller Says:

    I have scanned through the information provided by TCF. I see that it is from the Mustang Project Blog. Contrary to what is stated in the information from TCF, there is no place to comment online, but there are addresses, fax numbers and phone numbers at the end of the pdf document provided by the Forest Service. Before I scanned through the Forest Service information, I was wondering what there was to consider, when it seemed to me the wild horses and burros were just moving back and forth between the Public Lands and those administered by the Forest Service. And this seems to be the case. So, it seems odd and futile to me for the Forest Service to be working on this matter now, when the BLM’s management practices are being challenged by us and in the court. I think one recommendation might be that the Forest Service do nothing presently while the poor management practices of the BLM are under such scrutiny, challenge, and demand for change by the American people. For instance, if the court case is successful in reopening all of the thousands of acres originally assigned to the wild horses and burros, there will be ample land for them and Forest Service’s concerns will be moot. Also, one needs to know from the Forest Service if it has effective control of its own boundaries, or has it, like the BLM on our Public Lands, effectively lost control of the cattle and sheep grazing program? This issue will be intensely scrutinized and debated by the American taxpayers, seeing that they are subsidizing the grazing program but only receiving about 3% of the beef so raised on the Public Lands. All of this is being hotly debated, change will come to the management practices and basic philosophy of the DOI/BLM, and so this is a very poor time for the Forest Service to be trying to create a brand new management program practically from scratch on their land for animals which are basically managed by the BLM.

    In short, cool your heels Forest Service and hope that the finger of blame in the mismanagement of the wild horse and burro program does not also come to point at you!

    Louie, that is the best I can suggest. Maybe you can do something with my ideas. Go to American Herds and scan through this article by Katie Fite. Suzanne Moore sent the link: http://americanherds.blogspot.com/2010/01/katie-on-calico.html. It gives a good picture of what is really happening on our Public Lands. It is a mess! – and no time for the Forest Service to be contemplating big revisions.

  10. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    YOU CAN GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AND COMMENT.

  11. Sandra Miller Says:

    Okay, Louie, I have made my contribution and here it is. I tried not to get too technical because I don’t know that much! Like the good doctors, my motto is, “Do No Harm”, so I hope I have stuck to that!

    Dear Sir:
    I would like to urge the Forest Service to delay making any decision about the matter of wild horse and burro AMLs for Forest Service herds in Nevada. The American people have become increasingly aware of the gross mismanagement of the wild horse and burro program by the BLM, and they are taking appropriate citizen action, including court action led by In Defense of Animals. I am sure that eventually there will be large changes in the management of this program by the BLM, and those changes may well solve some of your concerns without further action on your part. After all, the animals involved are moving back and forth between the Public Lands and your domain, but are managed specifically by the BLM, so I recommend waiting to see how this all shakes out.

    As a citizen I am deeply disturbed by the extent of cattle and sheep grazing on our Public Lands, particularly considering that taxpayers subsidize the grazing program but share, for instance, only about 3% of the beef so raised. This welfare program for corporate entities is absolutely out of control on the Public Lands. To me it appears that the BLM has completely lost control of the grazing program, and I would not be at all surprised to discover that many ranchers are using the Lands illegally. I have been studying this matter, as a citizen in Indiana, since August. Practices, even those used by the Forest Service, as recently revealed in court, such as using burning and herbicides to create more grass for cattle, merely show how out of balance everything has become.

    I want to tell you plainly that the “horse advocates” are absolutely determined to deal with this problem effectively. This means moving off our Public Lands a large number of welfare cattle and sheep in the end. It also means restoring the ranges to the wild horses and burros given them in 1971 by the “Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act”. When that occurs, there will be ample room for the horses where they were originally assigned, and you will see your problems diminish significantly.

    I would like to further comment about the fate of wildlife. This silly argument about whether or not the horses are really “wild” is a non-issue. I am sure the horses and burros are wild, and that their only difference from other wild animals is that they are not hunted for food, because civilized people do not eat horses. I am just as interested in the fate of the wildlife in the West as I am in the fate of the wild horses and burros. Removing the wild horses and burros from the Public Lands, considering their insignificant numbers, solves nothing! Removing large numbers of welfare cattle and welfare sheep solves everything. The American people are coming to understand that the grazing program, as presently structured, takes money out of their pockets but gives nothing back. That is not Capitalism – that is theft!

    So, my recommendation is that the Forest Service do nothing for the time being until matters at the BLM are straightened out in regard to the management of the wild horse and burro program. Any changes made in the BLM’s management of the wild horses and burros will ripple out to affect you in many ways, so any effort put into your own management plan at this time would be wasted in the end.

    Yours very truly,
    Sandra E. Miller

  12. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, GOOD!!!

  13. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I WISH I’D SAID THAT.

  14. Sandra Miller Says:

    Thank you. There are so many different ways to approach this topic and they are all valuable. I think being sincere in your views is one of the most important things. Now what you did, Louie, was to push me to write this. I just thought it wasn’t all that important. After you were so persistent about it, I decided, well, I can do this, so why shouldn’t I? So, I did! We shouldn’t be lazy about such an important topic!

  15. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, I’M NOT GOING TO LET THAT TALENT YOU HAVE FOR WRITING GO TO WASTE.

  16. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, GO TO AMERICAN HERDS AND READ THE MARCH 19 POST. YOU WILL BE GLAD THAT YOU MADE YOUR COMMENTS TO THE FOREST SERVICE.

  17. Sandra Miller Says:

    Louie, you are right! I scanned the article and let out a whoop of laughter. I am like the innocent child from Indiana wandering into the Forest Service office and complaining bitterly about that mismanaged BLM grazing program – only to find out later that the Forest Service plans to do the same thing! But that is fine – as I have said, all kinds of letters are useful, and mine was sincere! It seems we have an extension to write until March 26. I will study the article later to figure all this out. I just sent my comments to the email address of the Forest Service under an appropriate subject heading – I can always refine it for a specific audience and send it to addresses suggested at the end of the American Herds posting. You were right to alert the troops!

  18. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, I AM JUST ONE OF MANY, MANY WHO ARE ON GUARD HERE AND EVERYWHERE. WE ALL KNOW HOW WRONG THIS IS AND IT IS A MORAL FIGHT.

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