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