Texas Stop Killing Wild Burros!
  • Petitioning John Young

This petition will be delivered to:

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
John Young
Texas Parks & Wildlife, Natural Resources
David Riskind
State Parks Division Director
Brent Leisure
Governor
Rick Perry
Texas Wildlife Commission Chairman
T. Dan Friedkin
State Parks Division Director
Carter Smith
Texas
Gov. Rick Perry

Texas Stop Killing Wild Burros!

    1. Karen VA Luce
    2. Petition by

      Karen VA Luce

      Milwaukee, WI

Less than 300 wild burros remain but Texas Parks and Wildlife intends to kill these nationally protected burros to the "maximum extent possible". The national protections do not extend to this State-held land. What Texas is doing may be legal, but we think its an atrocity.

This horrid policy is carried out quietly, behind the scenes, with efforts to keep visitors to the Big Bend Ranch State Park from realizing wild burros are there and wild burros are being killed. We want the world to know how Texas chooses to kill their own living legacies of natural, cultural and historical heritage of their State, the region and America.

Only 5,800 wild burros are held in the protected areas managed by the BLM. Texas has their own small but vitally precious relic herd of wild burros, documented as laying claim to these lands as their ancestral home for hundreds of years. Officially, the Parks Department states that these wild donkeys harm the resource of the Park.

As evidence they provide ancient documents from 1974 and videos produced by the US China Lakes Naval Base where a 1981 court case revealed the base killed 648 wild burros illegally. In addition, Parks staff have stated on the record, that they needed to kill these wild burros to ensure that they could release restored "native" bighorn to the park.

The bighorn are a high profile species that are prized by big game hunters. Their restoration is heavily subsidized by private individuals who believe that the wild burro is an "enemy" of the bighorn. The hunting permits for the bighorn are sold in an auction format, with the highest recorded winning bid being $152,000.

Texas is killing wild burros to make way for hunting opportunities for wealthy hunters. The local community supports bighorn restoration, but not killing wild burros. Please help the community to stand up against these powerful forces that have refused to hear pleas to keep the wild burros, alive.

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    News

    1. World Donkey Day trip to West Texas.

      Karen VA Luce
      Petition Organizer

      Today, May 8, 2012 is World Donkey Day. Our League Founder Marjorie Farabee is headed down to west Texas right now. She is observing World Donkey Day by continuing her quest to save the wild burros there. While she is there with our local members we hope they can help to unify and memorialize the support there for preserving the wild burros of Texas. Happy World Donkey Day everyone!

    2. March for Mercy at Austin, Tx. April 7

      Karen VA Luce
      Petition Organizer

      A herd of burros, led by local residents and burro advocates will ride through Austin to the Capitol on Saturday, April 5 to urge Governor Perry to protect wild burros by declaring the animals a Texas Heritage Species. The march is in support of a popular campaign on Change.org. We applaud the announcement of the temporary cease-fire, but the fate of the wild burros still hangs in the balance. The wild burros that are so unwelcome in Big Bend Ranch State Park are part of a far larger regional population in northern Mexico. Removing every burro found there today will be a short-term fix, because new burros will re-enter the Park soon after a rescue of those found there now. The wild burros deserve recognition of their significance to Texans and Americans as a heritage species, symbol of pioneer spirit, and their status as an integral part of the land - all of these were granted and protected by the Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971.

    3. Wild Burros have a Reprieve - Our work continues.

      Karen VA Luce
      Petition Organizer

      The burros were granted a temporary reprieve, but we haven't saved the wild herd of burros that roam between northern Mexico and Texas yet. There is reason to celebrate even though the fate of the burros remains uncertain. For now they will not be targets of deadly bullets as they peacefully graze, raise their young and seek to survive in the harsh, beautiful desert that is their ancestral home. For over a year we have tried to make the public aware that with Governor Perry's approval Texas Parks and Wildlife was killing of wild burros with the intent to exterminate them all. Their policy of killing wild burros ignored the fact that live management can and does protect the environment while avoiding wasteful killing of wildlife, and preserving the right of the public to see, study, photograph these incredible nationally protected animals. A population survey is critical information to achieve live management. This is a step in the right direction.

    4. Wild burros are in the news again, this time in an investigative report.

      Karen VA Luce
      Petition Organizer

      The best thing about this report is the statement from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Executive Director Brent Leisure, “Several years ago we had to resort to lethal means for control ..." Its both shocking and amazing to hear this comment which attempts to obscure and deny responsibility for the recent killings of the last year. It certainly seems that Texas Parks and Wildlife Department may be backing off on the plan to exterminate every wild burro. If you want to help, or learn more, please don't hesitate to email me directly any time.

    5. The Perry camp is silent.

      Karen VA Luce
      Petition Organizer

      We delivered our petition January 18th but still have had no response from Governor Perry.

      We aren't being heard! We must need to make more noise! There is good news though. We've been told that no wild burros have been killed since October. Maybe this petition helped a little - we don't know. The Texas Parks Department doesn't kill wild burros in winter when the eagles have migrated and aren't there to pick their little dead bodies clean. Please help in whatever way you can to get the safety of these burro secured before spring returns to Big Bend. You can donate to the cause at donkeyscando.com, learn more about actions at www.facebook.com/Wild.Burro.Protection.League and of course share this petition so our numbers grow so high that we cannot be ignored.

    6. Update from Wild Burro Protection League's Facebook Page

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Have you been wondering what we are doing??? We've been told that since October no more wild burros have been shot. Apparently the Parks Department doesn't kill wild burros when the eagles aren't there to pick the little carcasses clean. :( Please help in whatever way you can to get the safety of these burro secured before spring returns to Big Bend. Keep an eye on this page for ways you can help. "

    7. Greater Houston Horse Council "demands" that Texas stop shooting burros!

      Karen VA Luce
      Petition Organizer

      This is the resolution announced today:

      RESOLVED: The Greater Houston Horse Council, representing horse owners residing among the largest concentration of horses in the United States, vehemently opposes the shooting of burros in Big Bend State Park and demands that the State of Texas through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department cease the shooting of burros to remove them from Big Bend.

      This is a marvelous development in the support for saving the wild burros and ending the policy of killing the wild burros of west Texas! This petition on change.org and the great media coverage is undoubtedly helping to raise awareness of the plight of the wild burros. The Greater Houston Horse Council is paving the way for others to join in calls to end the senseless slaying of the wild burros. Thank you all for helping to save the wild burros before they are all gone. -Please keep sharing this petition for Texas to Stop Killing Wild Burros!

    8. "Hey, Austin Statesman: This is America. We don't kill protestors."

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Posted in response to a tweet from @AustinStatesman: "Protestors rode burros to the Texas Capitol today to deliver a petition that seeks to stop them from being killed. bit.ly/x5uCw6"

    9. The fight to stop the burro slaughter makes international news

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The Daily Mail UK reports: 'Shot indiscriminately and dying in pain': Massacre of dozens of wild donkeys roaming state park ... because they are non-native.

    10. Burros march on Texas Capitol

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      There's been great news coverage of the petition delivery all over Texas. To see some photos from the event, check out: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/gallery/Texas-burro-protest-36326/photo-2099275.php

      Governor Perry has not responded to the petition yet. The Wild Burro Protection League is continuing to keep the pressure on until the burros are safe.

    11. January 18, 2012 logistics for petition delivery

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      If you're in the Austin, Texas area, here are the details on where you can join the ride and rally to show your support for the petition:

      What: “Ride for Life” Burro Petition Delivery to Governor Perry and Lt. Governor Dewhurst. The petition signatures will be delivered Wednesday in a small wagon pulled by a donkey named Miss Abby.

      Who: Marjorie Farabee of Wild Burro Protection League, Rod Rondeaux and 9-year-old daughter Cheyenne of Red Horse Nation, and local residents and supporters.

      Where: Ride starts at Rosewood Oaks Day Care Center (1507 Lavaca St, Austin TX); Rally and petition delivery will take place on south side steps of Capitol building on Congress Ave.

      When: 12:00 p.m. Ride for Life Departs Rosewood Oaks Day Care Center
      12:40 p.m. Remarks by Red Horse Nation representatives and Alpine residents, the Rondeaux family, and Marjorie Farabee of Wild Burro Protection League
      1:00 p.m. Petition Delivery to the Office of Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst

    12. More details on the Ride For Life - January 18, 2012

      Karen VA Luce
      Petition Organizer

      Horseback Magazine was kind enough to print this notice to Wild Burro Supporters about the Ride For Life to deliver the petition. One special highlight not mentioned here is that the Riders will be setting up next to a daycare center. Since these children just happen to be next to this petition delivery that is so critical to the wild burros, well we decided these kids should get the chance to pet the burros - maybe even take a little ride. What lucky children to have burros show up next to their urban daycare! Naturally it's our hope that these children will grow up in a Texas with wild burros roaming free and protected.

    13. San Antonio Express-News includes burros in their Best of 2011

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      In a slideshow of the best news photos from San Antonio Express-News' photographer John Davenport, there's a great photo of a burro family in Big Bend Ranch State Park with the caption: "Wild burros at Big Bend Ranch State Park near Presidio, Texas pause on top of a ridge near a remote area called Fresno Canyon Tuesday October 4, 2011. The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife has a policy of shooting the animals, claiming they ruin habitat and compete with Bighorn Wild Sheep for food."

    14. Big Bend Now publishes Christmas political cartoon for the burros

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Merry Christmas to the wild burros of Presidio County. May you find safety from the bloodthirsty grinches of Texas Parks & Wildlife."

    15. The ugly truth: rescuers didn't catch burros, but killers did.

      Karen VA Luce
      Petition Organizer

      An article in Horseback Magazine gives an insider look into attitudes and reveals that wild burros can and have been captured successfully and killed mercilessly. The very least Texas Parks and Wildlife can do is stop repeating the false claim that capture of the wild burros is impossible just because rescuers failed. The cruel penned killing of mother and baby show beyond a doubt that live management of wild burros is possible. Texas Parks Dept. claims the killings are "distasteful" but necessary. They refuse to cooperate in plans for live management of the wild burros and choose extermination instead. Their plan is outrageous, extreme and should be condemned by all. Their track record demands accountability and transparency. They claim too many wild burros are there but the goal is not reduction its extermination. They can't justify that position with science or deny live management protects resources. Why are they sticking to their guns?

    16. Today marks the 40th anniversary of federal protections for burros

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      On December 15, 1971, Congress declared wild horses and burros part of America's heritage worthy of protection with the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Vigils have been planned across the country to draw attention to the ongoing fight for wild horse and burro protection.

    17. Extra Dirty Coal

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Big Bend Sentinel publishes political cartoon blasting Texas Parks and Wildlife. Elf: "Here's someone in South Presidio County asking for a semi-automatic burro blaster with megaclip for Christmas. Do we have those?" Santa: "Doggone Parks and Wildlife Dingbats. Remind me to pack some extra dirty coal for their stockings this year. Again."

    18. USA Today covers the burro controversy

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      ALPINE, Texas – To the residents of this West Texas city, burros are friendly, intelligent animals that make good pets and are engrained in this country's history...

    19. San Antonio Express Editorial Supports Moratorium on Burro Slaughter

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "The prudent course is for state officials to halt the burro eradication for now and pursue studies of the animals' impact on the environment. Park officials should not continue slaughtering these animals without facts to justify their actions."

    20. Wild Burro Protection League Rallies in Alpine

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Governor Rick Perry’s office released a one sentence brief last Friday on the burro shooting, stating, “Texas Parks and Wildlife’s mission is to conserve natural and cultural resources.”

    21. Reached 100,000 signatures
    22. TPWD burro killings roiling West Texas

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      San Antonio Current reports on growing local support to protect the burros: Local response came with a town hall in Alpine last week, the appearance of “Burro Friendly” stickers in local storefronts, and a call to “Occupy Big Bend Ranch State Park.”

      “Come on down, and bring your telephoto lenses,” said Farabee. “Just having people in the park is going to protect those burros because they don’t want anyone to see them shooting those animals.”

      According to Big Bend-based equine photographer Rachael Waller: “No one is in favor of shooting burros down here. No one.”

    23. Wild Burro Protection League on Marfa Public Radio

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Marjorie Farabee of the Wild Burro Protection League discusses the controversy over the shooting of wild burros in Texas state parks. She is joined in the studio by wildlife ecologist Craig Downer, filmmaker Carl Mrozek, and burro racer Curtis Imrie.

    24. Burros getting stubborn allies

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Article in the San Antonio Express-News on the growing protests over the burro slaughter.

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    • Michael Jarrett TUCSON, AZ
      • 3 days ago

      May Almighty God be merciful to the state of Texas, and her citizens, even the politicians. This can only be occuring due to some rancher believing these creatures, created by the almighty are eating the grass meant for their cattle and horses. Isn't enough that their livestock are allowed to graze state lands without paying for the privilege. I would hate to be a Texan come judgment day, and have to explain why I allowed one of the Almighty's creatures to have been exterminated for simple greed.

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    • Dr. Damian Stone TAMPA, UNITED STATES
      • 4 days ago

      Animal Abusers .. We're Watching You ..

      And Yes .. This Includes The United States Government.

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    • Donna Connors PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 5 days ago

      Because it breaks my heart that these poor innocent animals are being killed for no good reason!!!

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    • Jean Patrick MACON, MO
      • 5 days ago

      This is horrific it is senseless killing leave them be!!!

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    • Kelly Chelucci VANCOUVER, WA
      • 6 days ago

      this is abhorrent

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