The 2018 mid-term elections created a considerable shift in representation, with nine new members in the U.S. Senate and 93 new members in the U.S. House. Yet, cruel factions still exist in Congress that want to do harm to America's wild horses and burros. With the just ended government shutdown garnering all the attention of Congress, we must act now to let our legislators know they cannot forget wild horses and burros.
The Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (WFRHBA) required that these horses and burros be protected as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West." However, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has presented highly biased misinformation to Congressional members, misleading them and creating a real threat for these iconic animals. The Bureau also covertly finds ways to subvert both Congress and the intentions of the Act.
Legislators have erroneously been led to believe the BLM is the knowledgeable authority on range management and wild horse and burro management. However, after decades of mismanagement, with brutal roundups, inhumane and unsustainable holding facilities for the captured animals, sale to slaughter, and millions of taxpayer dollars wasted, Congress told the BLM that it must come up with a better plan.
The plan the BLM presented in April, 2018 simply regurgitated the same failed policies of the past: permanent sterilization, euthanasia, and "sale without limitation" (slaughter). The plan completely ignored science and the enormous impact of livestock grazing on public land and instead falsely laid the blame for livestock range degradation at the feet of wild horses and burros.
Several animal welfare organizations, including In Defense of Animals, presented a scholarly and scientifically referenced rebuttal to the misinformation in the BLM report. It was sent to members of Congress. It is time to remind our congresspersons, especially the new members, that 80% of Americans support protecting America's wild horses.
1. Personal contact with Congress is the most effective thing you can do. Please make three simple phone calls.
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After the government shutdown, please remember that 80% of Americans, including your constituents, support protecting America's wild horses and burros, which is a non-partisan issue. The Bureau of Land Management has supplied Congress with a report that is full of errors and purposeful misrepresentations. Please read the truth in the scientifically referenced rebuttal report sent to you. It is also available at www.idausa.org/blmmisinformation
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Don't Allow the BLM to Mislead You on Wild Horse Issues
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