The Bureau of Land Management is murdering young foals and older horses in its terrifying helicopter roundups in the West. Terror-stricken wild horses are "accidentally" chased into barbed wire fences and young foals are literally run to death. We must demand that our legislators put a stop to this!
The horror is only too real as wild mares desperately risk their own lives trying to save their babies from the giant metal bird swooping down upon them. Stallions scream for their families that they are bound by duty and emotion to protect, as they are separated and removed.
The very agency that is charged by law with protecting these iconic animals is doing just the opposite, and minimizing their murders with deceptive terms like "capture shock."
Animal advocates have been documenting the deaths and savage treatment during these roundups. Even though the Bureau of Land Management does not allow observers to get within a reasonable distance, and often puts its authorized area behind a natural land formation that partially blocks their view, brave animal activists video and photograph these travesties. In the Red Desert roundup alone, which ended Friday, August 17, ten horses were killed, including six foals. How many more babies and protective family members must die?
In Defense of Animals is one of 100 organizations that banded together to write a Unified Statement that declares, "The Wild Horse Act protects wild free-roaming horses and burros 'from capture, branding, harassment, or death.' Yet, the Bureau of Land Management has subverted its legal mandate to protect America's wild horses and burros through decades of mismanagement, misinformation, aggressive treatment, and wasteful spending."
How can we, as Americans, stand for this? How can our legislators allow this to go on when in 1971 Congress unanimously passed the bi-partisan Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act which required that America's wild horses and burros be protected as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West?" Act now in defense of wild horses and burros.
1. Personal contact with Congress is the most effective thing you can do for the wild horses and burros. Please make three simple phone calls.
Find your two U.S. senators and your one U.S. representative's numbers here:
State your name, your town or city, and telephone number. Be courteous. You may wish to say:
The Bureau of Land Management has been mercilessly rounding up American mustangs with disastrous results, all while wasting our taxpayer dollars in doing so. In direct rejection of the mandates of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, the BLM has authorized practices allowing these animals to be tortured and killed. There are much more affordable and humane options available for wild horse and burro population control and management. You MUST put a stop to this!
2. Please send our email (with your personal touch) to your congresspersons.
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Stop the Lethal BLM Roundups of Wild Horses!
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