Today is the day: Take Action for Wyoming’s Mustangs!

**NEW** The Cloud Foundation’s Comments here — may help in writing your own, thank you for taking action! TCF Comments on scoping letter

The Bureau of Land Management, has proposed the removal of 1,000 more Wyoming Mustangs claiming that 1.7 million acres of public, wild horse designated lands can support no more than 1165 mustangs spread over the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Herd Management Areas. Please take time to write BLM and Obama today. In Defense of Animals has set up an easy-action form here – write today, comments due by Friday, April 2nd.  PLUS: Detailed Report of the numbers and BLM’s monkey business from American Herds http://bit.ly/AdobeNumbers

See more photos of the Adobe Town & Salt Wells Mustangs (like these here) from Living Images by Carol Walker of the Adobe Town & Salt Wells wild mustangs here– Carol wrote a beautiful book with hundreds of photographs about these horses and a devastating roundup … “Wild Hoofbeats” … now they are targeted for a massive removal again- Please take Action Today!

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18 Responses to “Today is the day: Take Action for Wyoming’s Mustangs!”

  1. Sally Sorel Says:

    WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU FOLKS DOING TO OUR NATIONAL TREASURE/

    SAVE THE HORSES, DON’T LEAVE THEM TO DIE IN THE SLAUGHTER HOUSES!————-THEY PAVED THE WAY, WORKED BESIDE US IN OUR WARS, FIELDS, STREETS, FIRESTATIONS.

    THEY DESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE AND BE PROTECTED!

  2. Krista Nordberg Says:

    Let the Mustangs be free!!

  3. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MY VOTE IS TO GIVE CINDY A HELICOPTER AND A CALCULATOR AND WE WILL GET AN ACCURATE COUNT.

  4. Jan Eaker Says:

    My vote is to leave them ALONE!

  5. Margaret Says:

    My ticked off letter to Mr Abbey…

    Margaret

    Dear Mr. Abbey:
    I am writing you on behalf of the wild horses. I am totally opposed to ALL roundups.
    In the recent Calico Roundup at least 79 horses have died and approximately 40 mares have miscarried their pregnancies. Two youngsters had their feet literally ripped off of them due to the stress of being run so many miles. These youngsters ages 8 and 9 months respectively were left in a pen without ANY shelter. No windbreaks. They were left on the cold frozen ground. They were given abysmal care if any, by the attending vet.
    What in heaven’s name were you thinking when you did a dead of winter roundup? I told you then as did lots of others that this would happen.
    Currently you have an outbreak of pigeon fever running through the horses at Fallon. Horses according to the Fallon manager are being moved around. Great; you’re moving one sick horse from one pen into another—thereby infecting other horses. What is the motivation behind all of this?
    Where is the vet? Why isn’t he onsite caring for the ill animals? Are there too many for him to handle? If so maybe you should consider hiring another vet to manage Fallon.
    This weekend all observers are being denied access to the horses. I understand the holiday but ABSOLUTELY no makeup date is being offered in its stead. All requests to this are being brushed off. What is the BLM afraid of? Why are humane observers only allowed one day a week to visit with the horses? Those horses belong to the American taxpayer. If you are having contractual issues with the property owner perhaps you need to reconsider moving those horses to someplace more accessible to the public.
    I am also asking for your office to clear up what your intentions are concerning the May adoption day? You don’t have title to the Calico horses—not until the judge makes his ruling. So how can you put those horses up for adoption? If I came up there, adopted a mustang and then suddenly the judge said that all the horses HAVE to be returned back to freedom (as we have been asking since the dawn of time)who would pay all my costs—transport, board, any and all vet care, feed etc.? Would I get a refund from my government that to date has IGNORED the public outcry?
    Also you should be aware that last week when the Protestors came to Washington for the PLANNED protest they were met with hostile security. One person was taking photos of the DOI building and while I do recognize that this world has changed since the Murrah castrophe and this being post 9/11 there was NO REASON for your security to tell our protestor that “it was a good way to get shot”. Good heavens, you’re office is going to condone shooting an UNARMED protestor? Our group had applied to protest and it fully recognized. They were met with security that ABSOLUTELY FORBADE them to even step on the steps of a Federal Building. A building that our taxes have paid for and it’s daily upkeep.
    To date our protests have been NONVIOLENT. I promote this. Why? Because not only do we bring negative feedback to our cause, we have arrests and none of us want to go there. I saw Oakland erupt after Oscar Grant was killed last year and this is exactly what I promote where we don’t want to go. There were many arrests, property destroyed, fires etc in all the protest rallies.
    Your office is in need of a huge overhaul. From the bottom up.
    I suppose George Seidlist (your own employee out at Calico) called it best when he said: “We are the Bureau of Land Management, not the Bureau of Wildlife, not the Bureau of Horses, not the Bureau of Cattle, the Bureau of LAND Management.
    By his admission your office doesn’t know a thing about the horses. How can your office sit there and say how the horses double in numbers every 4 years? Horses don’t breed every other week. Gestation is 330-360 days. This is a BIOLOGICAL fact. You can ask any vet. I have read one instance of one mare who regularly delivered her foals between 310-320 days but this is HIGHLY unusual.
    You don’t take into account predation numbers. Your office doesn’t take into account lightning strikes that have killed numerous horses up in the Pryors. Your office doesn’t take into account horrible cold winters.
    You need to gather real numbers. Your office needs to hire people to go out to Calico and count each horse. I’m talking hard numbers. Not a number you draw out of a hat one day that changes to something entirely different two months later because you want to suddenly start handing out grazing rights.
    Finally you need to have independent observers look at the horses you are thinking of putting down. The first mare that was shot at Calico was a 2.5 to a 3 on that Henneke scale. Yes, she was a bit thin. Nothing that spring itself wouldn’t have cured. Yes, she was horribly stressed. That would have caused her to lose more weight. But instead of calling a humane observer over to address the concerns your office had, and that they thought this was the kindest thing they could do—the people in charge chose to just shoot her. There was no independent discovery made.
    Because the outcry over the lack of care the two youngsters received your office chose to not make public any future necropsy reports. Where is the transparency? The fact is the people in charge of the awful roundup KILLED those two youngsters, running them so hard that their hooves separated from the hoof wall.
    And if you don’t believe me how utterly painful this death (needless too) was you should call Dr Dean Richardson who was Barbaro’s vet. He had to remove 90% of Barbaro’s hoof wall when He developed laminitis. Barbaro had the advantage of being put under when this operation was performed. He had to advantage of being given pain meds while he recuperated. These youngsters weren’t given that opportunity.
    Shame on you.
    Margaret

    • sandra longley Says:

      By the USGS own figures a bad winter has a 49% survival rate..that would mean losing over 1/2 of what is left out on the range..I guess we would have to ship all those stockpiled horses back from the midwest.

    • sandra longley Says:

      The BLM has no intentions of putting the horses up for adoption or gelding the stallions until the judge makes his ruling in the pending litigation. Dr, Kane assured me this morning that no horses would be adopted until this outbreak of PF is over.

  6. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MARGARET, CALL THE WHITE HOUSE COMMENT LINE AND LET THE PRESIDENT KNOW HOW YOU FEEL.

  7. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    AS I AM WATCHING THE VIDEOS OF THE RALLY AND THE MOUNTED UNIT COMING OUT, I GET THE FEELING THAT THEY ARE STANDING WITH THE PROTESTERS.

  8. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    DOES THE MOUNTED UNIT ALWAYS COME OUT WHEN THERE IS A RALLY?

  9. Barb S Says:

    The mounted unit of the NPS Park Police is usually around the mall area when there are crowds, special ocassions, etc. Here is a link to the unit. I think they were a wonderful addition to the protest in DC!
    http://www.nps.gov/uspp/hmpmain.htm

  10. jan eaker Says:

    It would be interesting to know what happens to these park service horses when they are retired from service.

  11. Barb S Says:

    From the article below it looks like the retired horses are “re-homed” for either light work or green pastures! I know just recently a Lancaster PA police horse had to have expensive colic surgery and public donations helped pay the bill. I believe these horses because they are in the “public spotlight” are well taken care of in their work career and after.

    http://www.gazette.net/stories/121907/olnenew205956_32360.shtml

  12. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I WOULD THINK THEY WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF, AS THE OFFICERS WHO THEY ARE ASSIGNED TO WOULD PROBABLY HAVE A VERY STRONG BOND WITH THEM–SAME AS POLICE AND THEIR DOGS. I THINK THEY SOMETIMES ADOPT THEM, WHEN THEY CAN.

  13. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THAT SEEMS TO BE WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECT AN ANIMAL IN THE SYSTEM–SOMEONE OR SOME GROUP (SUCH AS US) WHO ARE WILLING TO ADVOCATE FOR IT–OR WITH THE HORSES-THEM.

  14. jan Says:

    where will the wymoing horses be taken if rounded up – a different area than fallon – and i wish blm would clean out those trucks before they use them – bleach would work

  15. jan Says:

    read items from the mustang newsletter – seems blm is real concerned with engery on our public lands – there is even a calico solar project listed – is this the real reason behind the horse removals

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