The cries of frightened horses are ringing out through California's Modoc National Forest. Hundreds of mustangs are being rounded up by the U.S. Forest Service with the cruel outcome being sale for slaughter. The U.S. Forest Service is disdainfully ignoring federal protections for wild horses and the public's wishes. We must act now to save the Modoc mustangs!
The terrifying helicopter roundups, when completed, will have removed 1,000 wild horses from the Devil's Garden Wild Horse Territory which consists of 300,000 acres of public lands. Horses aged 10 and up will be sold for $25 each for 60 days "with limitation." After 60 days they will be sold "without limitation" (slaughter) for $1 each, with the buyers allowed to take 36 horses at a time. Quite a tidy profit for the kill buyers!
The captured horses under 10 years old will be sent to one of the Bureau of Land Management's notoriously grim and barren holding corrals and offered for adoption. If they are not adopted after one year, they may meet the same fate: sale for slaughter. A Bureau official says there are now "north of 50,000" wild horses and burros in BLM holding facilities, leaving the untrained wild horses with almost no chance for adoption.
There are better, more humane options available for humane population control if it is even needed. Advocacy groups have offered to volunteer their time and resources to provide PZP fertility control to the Devil's Garden herd to help reduce the population if it will save them from cruel slaughter.
Though a federal lawsuit has been filed to stop the U.S. Forest Service from selling these Devil's Garden wild horses for slaughter, the horses' fate hangs on a knife-edge. Please act now to help these mustangs.
1. Call the office of the USFS chief, Vicki Christiansen, at (202) 205-8439 to let her know the American people are outraged by their plans.
You may wish to say:
Please revise your current plan to sell federally protected wild horses without limitation. We all know that kill buyers will be the ones purchasing these horses, 36 at a time, for $1 each. The Forest Service should respect the will of the American people, 80% of whom are against horse slaughter, and revert back to your former policy forbidding the sale of wild horses for slaughter.
2. Please follow-up with an email (with your personal touch) to the USFS by filling out your details on this page.
Stop the sale of wild horses to slaughter
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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