Three Comment Periods End This Week

Comments needed on three planned BLM actions this week: Wednesday, May 5th for the Burros of AZ (this roundup has been delayed until fall), and Friday, May 7th  for Mustang Herds in CA/NV and WY. It doesn’t take long and your voice counts. American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign has all the action alerts posted here–www.wildhorsepreservation.org— learn more and take action wild herds. Thank you!

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19 Responses to “Three Comment Periods End This Week”

  1. Nevada Barbre Says:

    The BLM needs to follow the law—protect the wild horses and burros. Not run them down with helicpoters–not remove them under the guise of their benefit when it is clear the cattle and pipeline are really what they are protecting–not the wild horses and burros.

  2. arlene Says:

    Will these dreadful roundups never cease?

  3. Linda Says:

    Not unless we keep on working to stop them and find a way to partner with the BLM on a practical, ongoing management plan.

  4. Jan Says:

    dont think the blm wants to partner with private horse groups nor the american public

  5. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Unless there is a cessation of aggressive activities towards the wild herds we are facing a very rocky season and with people becoming increasingly disappointed in BLM/DOI handing of the entire fiasco they got themselves into. We all have choices and the wrong ones have led BLM to an impasse. Stop the roundups, BLM. Stop the senseless misuse of power and the disproportionate removals of wild herds from manipulated HMAs that lack proper study. mar

  6. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    ANYONE CARE TO COMMENT ON THIS? FOUND IT ON AMERICAN HERDS
    “Tina Nappe: Wildlife will suffer if horses remain on the range,” Reno Gazette Journal (04-28-2010)

  7. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Tina Nappe, wild life will continue to suffer as more cattle replace the wild horses on the range and over grazing and poor range spread and are not curbed
    in the dry climate of Nevada. Horses help spread seed, repair and improve soils. Studies show that cattle are the culprits in damage not horses… Remember, this woman does not represent the Sierra Club except in Nevada. She actually, IMO, represents mostly her own extreme views. mar

  8. Sandra Miller Says:

    The IDA eNews, dated 5/6/2010, I receive from In Defense of Animals has posted a petition for another round up – “Petition to Stop Removal of All Wild Horses from Winter Range Area, Utah” – due MONDAY, 5/10/2010. You can sign by going to In defense of Animals web site.

    The same eNews has the following information, which I copied and pasted:

    Urgent legal update: Today, our generous pro bono legal team from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is in federal court arguing that the BLM’s practice of stockpiling wild horses in long-term holding is illegal and that the 2,000 horses recently captured from the Calico Mountains in Nevada should be returned. The judge is expected to decide soon – we will keep you informed.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      IDA has, again, unintentionally made an error. It is “Winter Ridge” not ‘range’ so do not make a mistake and let your comment get lost. mar

    • Linda Says:

      My husband’s cousin lives in Vernal and works for an Oil & Gas company. Last time he visited the subject of wild horses came up and he said, “They’re nothing but starving, scrawny runts that get in the way of our business.”

      Needless to say, we got into it, and I finally turned on my heel and left. The family was very upset that I had “broken the peace” and still wants me to make amends, but I refuse to back down on something I know is wrong.

      • Jan Eaker Says:

        unfortunately, that seems to be typical thinking out in “cow country.” I think people who feel that way are missing an incredible experience being on the same land as the horses. I envy anyone who can just drive down the road and see them.
        I don’t know about changing their minds either.

  9. Sandra Miller Says:

    A new person on my Friends and Relatives list sent out the appeal about the burros in Arizona to the people on her list and received this from one of them:

    Good morning.
    I have to disagree with you on this one.
    Horses are livestock, as are catle. Not pets.’
    If this bill passes, more horses will starve to death instead of becoming a useful end product. Horses are being dumped and left for themselves on public and private land all over this country since the closure of horse processing plants.
    What is more cruel, to be euthanized or left to starve to death?

    I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Randy

    Her question to me was what to do about this? I said “Nothing,” because I think such people are “unredeemable”. But we do need to combat misinformation wherever it appears. The idea that droves of horses are being abandoned all over the land because there are no slaughter houses to take them is a common statement made by pro horse slaughter people. People abandon dogs and cats, in droves, but I don’t think an absence of a slaughter houses for them has anything to do with it. Turning horses loose on the range has been going on since the West was first settled. What we need are photographs of the “starving, scrawny runts” wherever people say they exist.

  10. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, YOU COULD TELL THIS PERSON THAT WE ARE NOT SAYING THAT THE WILD HORSES ARE PETS, BUT THEY ARE NOT LIVESTOCK. OUR WILD HORSES ARE WILDLIFE AND THEY BELONG ON THE RANGE JUST AS MUCH AS THE DEER, THE ANTELOPE AND THE SAGEGROUSE.

  11. Sandra Miller Says:

    Someone on the Blog, Louie, you may remember who it was, made the excellent point once that it might be better for the treatment of horses if they were not categorized as livestock. Randy, whoever he is, just puts horses into that category immediately and automatically – and then it is easy to move them right into the slaughter houses with cows, sheep, and hogs. I made an error in my email, though – the material that we were signing a petition about was the “Prevention of Equine Cruelty Bill, not the Burros in Arizona – they both happened about the same time. I guess we could say that horses are not livestock that is being raised to eat. Certainly the wild horses and burros are not livestock at all, and I think they should be considered exactly as you say. If you think about all the arguments the anti wild horse and burro and pro horse slaughter folks make, they really are easy arguments to dispute. The same ideas pop up constantly in almost a parrot-like way. But my friend found Randy’s tone offensive and, as she said, “irritating”. It was very sharp and carried with it the implication that she had no idea what she was talking about. She did not respond to his message at all. I think in such a case it is better to excuse yourself from further comment. I thought his note was a great example of what those defending the horses have to deal with daily! I sent Eleanor all kinds of information about the issue, though, so she will know what to say next time.

  12. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, I THINK YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE WHERE AND WITH WHOM YOU DECIDE TO DEBATE. DON’T WASTE TIME ON THOSE WHO AREN’T WILLING TO LISTEN. I JUST POST ALL THAT I HAVE LEARNED FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH. ONE OTHER THING–GO TO THE AMERICAN HERDS WEBSITE AND PULL UP “THRIVING ECOLOGICAL BALANCE. CINDY HAS GIVEN US A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ON WILDLIFE STATISTICS.

  13. Sandra Miller Says:

    I will do that, Louie. Thanks for the suggestion. Now here’s one for you. Have you seen Version 2 of YouTube Netherlands Horse Rescue 2006 with Names of the Rescue Riders? I just discovered it last night. If you Google the same title I just wrote above, two videos will come up with two different dates. The one on the right is the most recent – March 28, 2009. This is “Version 2”. They have polished up the introductory material and added some still photos and more explanation about getting ready for the rescue. The actual rescue footage that follows is the same.

    Your position on not arguing with people who won’t listen is mine, too. That’s why I told Eleanor not to bother to respond. There are hundreds of thousands of people out there in US-land who would support the wild horse and burro issue if they just knew about it. Those are the people we need to get the word out to – all those potential friends of the horses.

  14. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, THANK YOU. I NEED TO SEE SOMETHING POSITIVE. I KEEP HOLDING THE VISION THAT YOU GAVE– RIDERS LEADING THE CALICO HORSES BACK WHERE THEY BELONG.

  15. Linda Says:

    BORDO WILD HORSES NEED OUR HELP!!!

    The Bordo Altravesado HMA is one of only two extremely small BLM HMAs in New Mexico. Soon there may be none.

    COMMENTS DUE THIS FRIDAY, May 14th. I’m still working on mine, and I’m hoping to send them by Thursday.

    This is the link to the EA:
    http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nm/field_offices/socorro/socorro_planning/socorr_eas.Par.4361.File.dat/DOI-BLM-NM-A020-2010-07-EA.pdf
    Please email your comments to: NM_Bordo_EA@blm.gov

    I contacted Carlos LoPopolo of Wild Horses of the West requesting any information he had on the BLM action. This was his response:

    “Their plans are to “zero out” that wild horse management area. In fact, they want to “zero out” all of New Mexico’s wild horse management areas. That is why I’m trying to set up preserves on private land that they can’t stop. My southern preserve is to the west of the Socorro management area.

    “As far as wild horses go, your lucky if you have 40 wilds. You do have many ranch horses that the ranchers let loose when it comes count time. I believe the ratio of cattle to wild horses on the Wild horse management area is 51 head of cattle to 1 wild horse.

    “What you have to realize down here in the Socorro area BLM it’s an “old boys club.” It’s been that way for fifty years. This is a place where they reimburse you for the bullets you used to kill the mustangs. The shame of it is that it’s the same all over the west. The BLM does not manage the wild horses for continuation. It is managing the wild horses for extinction.

    “My horses are from all over the west, not just New Mexico. My plans are for 10 preserves totaling 250,000 acres, four in New Mexico and at least one in every surrounding state. Right now, I run approximately 180 head on 33,000 acres.

    “You should be aware of the fact that those who claim to have old Spanish mustangs and are breeding and selling them have a problem with my preserves, because of our DNA testing and our scientific approach. They have fought me tooth and nail for ten years. Even though I don’t sell or adopt any of my horses, they still feel I’m a threat somehow.”

    I encourage you to visit the Wild Horse of the West website for additional information on what I believe is a vitally important effort to preserve the Old Spanish Mustang bloodlines.

    http://www.wildhorsesofthewestartgallery.com/index.cfm

    • Linda Says:

      I want to emphasize we have no way of knowing if there is Spanish blood in the Bordo horses unless genetic testing is done. A number of horses were introduced in 1992, 1997, and 1998 and there is no mention of their breeding. They were introduced to “maintain the genetic VIABILITY of the herd”, but not necessarily to maintain or enhance the horses’ distinctive and/or historic characteristics.

      I’m not going to refer to the horses as “Old Spanish” in my comments, but I am going to request genetic testing to determine if there is Spanish blood present. I’m also not including information from Carlos LoPopolo of Wild Horses of the West, since I can’t confirm some important information on his program.

      I do want to post this clarification from Donna Hummel of the BLM:

      “I work for the BLM in New Mexico. We appreciate the opportunity to dispel the persistent rumor that we are planning to eliminate the Bordo Atravesado Wild Horse herd. This is false and possibly based on a tentative 2010 gather schedule that does not accurately reflect our plan for the herd.

      Please refer to our Environmental Assessment for the proposed gather at: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nm/field_offices/socorro/socorro_planning/socorr_eas.Par.4361.File.dat/DOI-BLM-NM-A020-2010-07-EA.pdf

      In this document you will find the alternatives we considered for this gather. Our preferred alternative is to gather approximately 107 horses, remove 40-60 of them, and leave the remainder on the range.

      Thank you.”

      At least this clears one thing up, but please still submit comments so you can be on record with this EA.

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