DC Talking Points

Please continue to make meetings with your Senators and Congress people in all states, here are some talking points that might be of help. A final version will be posted soon! Here is a poster you can download to spread the word about Washington DC: March4Mustangs_TCF_2_side_flier

In short the 3 main requests we are making are:

1) The public is asking for 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 to manage wild horses in the wild and not by inhumane and fiscally-irresponsible roundups and stockpiling of wild horses in the long and short term holding pens and pastures in the Midwest and East.

2) The public wants restored and added protections for the wild horses and burros as per the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.  Healthy wild horses and burros to public land designated primarily for their use by Congress.

3)  Call for immediate Congressional hearings regarding the mismanagement of our wild herds and further investigate the Bureau of Land Management. This rogue agency is running away with our wild herds on our public lands.

KEY POINTS FROM THE CLOUD FOUNDATION

·      The horses are not starving or over-running their ranges–

o   BLM continually removes healthy horses and burros

–   More wild horses are in captivity than in the wild.

·      BLM has no accurate current inventory of the 37,000 wild horses and burros it claims remain on public lands.

·      Independent analysis of BLM’s own numbers reveal there may be only 15,000 wild horses remaining on public lands.

·      Few herds left in the wild are genetically viable (meaning over 150 adults, allowing for herd to sustain itself)

·      It costs the American taxpayers over $110,000 a day to feed the 36,0000 wild horses the government has moved from the range to short and long-term holding (that is $44 million cost annually to American taxpayers).

·      BLM proposes to roundup an nearly 12,000 more wild horses and burros this fiscal year alone, likely only 3000 will be adopted

·      The 1971 Act preserves wild horses and burros in over 300 areas of publicly owned rangeland in the west, forbidding their exploitation, harassment and removal.

·      Regardless, only 30 million acres remain of the 54 million acres designated primarily for wild horse use in 1971.

·      Over 100 herds have been completely zeroed out by the BLM (including 12 in 2009)

·      BLM’s current policy of eradicating these herds is a betrayal of the wishes of the American public & the law

·      wild horses and burros are blamed for range deterioration even though they comprise only a tiny fraction of animals and wildlife grazing our public lands.

·      Far greater damage is caused by privately-owned livestock, which outnumber the horses more than 100:1 on public lands (50:1 on BLM-managed lands)

·       Public lands grazing is a net loss of at least $123 million per year but…

o   economists have estimated that true cost is $500 million to $1 billion annually

·       Wild horses account for less than 0.5% of hoooved animals on public lands

·      Six states have lost their wild horse and burro populations completely

o   ex: Texas used to have 1 million wild horses

·      SALAZAR PLAN

    • While we appreciate the Secretary’s understanding that this program is broken and applaud his commitment to improving it…
    • The plan would not be necessary if BLM followed the law and managed horses in the wild at viable levels.
    • Inhumane move:
      • Who will trim horses hooves as they grow without being worn down?
      • who will float their teeth?
      • treat them for illness from too-rich grasses
      • insects, humidity will be problematic for horses
    • Moving wild horses and burros to the east and Midwest creates significant health concerns if animals adapted to western landscapes are managed on wet ground and rich grasses.
      • Kentucky is no place for thousands of mustangs!!
    • Fiscally irresponsible and short-sighted. Initial cost: $96 million for just the first two of seven planned “preserves”

WE NEED A MORATORIUM ON ALL ROUNDUPS IMMEDIATELY— BLM IS MANAGING OUR WILD HERDS TO EXTINCTION AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE

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12 Responses to “DC Talking Points”

  1. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I WONDER WHAT TEDDY ROOSEVELT WOULD HAVE DONE?

  2. sandra longley Says:

    Make sure all officials know-The ROAM bill as currently written is unacceptable..In fact it is a blank check for the DOI to pursue its plan of waste of taxpayer dollars by allowing them to purchase zoo properties and remove the horses from the lands given to them by congress.
    Also mention the fact-that no OTHER species on these lands are being managed for a lack of forage and water by reducing or moving their numbers..in fact quite the opposite.No cattle allotments are being reduced for the upcoming and predicted drought and lack of forage..In fact the mining and some of the energy leases will be directly responsible for a lack of water and reduction of forage available.
    Tell them about the loss of 50 water holes and seeps and 1 perinnial stream at the Mt. Tebone proposed gold mine expansion of the Cortez/Barrick Canadian owned gold mine out side of Elko Nevada, currently under injuction.

  3. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    HAS ANYONE LOOKED AT THIS CLAUSE IN THE ORIGINAL WILD HORSE AND BURRO ACT?

    3.For the purpose of furthering knowledge of wild horse and burro population dynamics and their interrelationship with wildlife, forage and water resources, and assisting him in making his determination as to what constitutes excess animals, the Secretary shall contract for a research study of such animals with such individuals independent of Federal and State government as may be recommended by the National Academy of Sciences for having scientific expertise and special knowledge of wild horse and burro protection, wildlife management and animal husbandry as related to rangeland management. The terms and outline of such research study shall be determined by a redesign panel to be appointed by the President of the National Academy of Sciences. Such study shall be completed and submitted by the Secretary to the Senate and House of Representatives on or before January 1, 1983.

    • sandra longley Says:

      Yes it would be important to follow thru on that and see if studies were done, and updated frequently..I know that is why the USGS, was brought over to be affiliated with the BLM..to provide the scientific services..and as of at least 2002. according to the strategic research plan on WH&B management-BLM stated forage and grazing studies “were not a pressing concern”

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Independent studies have remained outside the considerations of BLM for no good reason.

      ROAM is being worked over to be protective of lands and wild herds where they are. mar

  4. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    WE NEED TO KEEP PRESSING FOR THAT INDEPENDENT STUDY AND CENSUS–NOT GOVERNMENT–INDEPENDENT. MAKE IT OUR MANTRA. WE NEED TO DECIDE WHO COULD BE TRUSTED TO BE ACCURATE AND TRUTHFUL.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      We are working on it. Professionals will be trustworthy, Louie. It will be far more costly than I first foresaw and I am in need of a grant for all the vast expanses. mar

  5. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I WOULD THINK THAT ONE CLAUSE WOULD HOLD IN COURT AS A PRECEDENT.

  6. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    The fact that the court has not deemed it necessary to protect the captured horses from those accused of doing them harm has not been lost on the public. How can there not be observers and independent vets at this point? mar

  7. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MAR–THIS ONE THAT YOU POSTED IN OCTOBER–DOES THIS FIRM DO CENSUS AS WELL AS ANALYSIS?
    C.R. MacDonald…at NECA; Northern Environmental Consulting and Analysis, email at web@northemenviro.com

  8. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I’M BEGINNING TO WONDER WHETHER EITHER THE ROAM ACT (DRAWN UP AS EVERYONE AGREES UPON) OR THE ORIGINAL WILD HORSE AND BURRO ACT–BELONGS IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE RATHER THAN THE COMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES. THIS IS MORE AN ISSUE OF LEGALITY THAN ENERGY OR NATURAL RESOURCES. I JUST CLICKED ONTO THE LINK POSTED AND LOOKED AT SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT HAVE LANDED IN COMMITTEE. THERE MUST BE A REASON WHY THE PREVENTION OF EQUINE CRUELTY WAS PLACED THERE.

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