Wild horses and burros living on public lands in the West are under siege. Unfortunately, the agency entrusted to protect them, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is to blame.
At the behest of cattle ranchers and others who want to the horses removed for their own private gain, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the BLM have declared war on these animals, savagely rounding them up by the tens of thousands. Those horses and burros who manage to survive the roundups are forced to spend the rest of their lives in BLM "holding pens," or worse yet, wind up in slaughterhouses where they are butchered for their meat.
Wild horses and burros must be respected - not captured, not corralled and not sold to be slaughtered.
Please sign our petition demanding that Secretary Salazar end the roundup of wild horses and burros.
Public lands are not the private domain of those who seek to exploit them for their own use. They belong to everyone. We have a right to demand that wild horses remain on public lands, free from intrusion and capture.
The indelible spirit of wild horses and burros has become a part of our psyche. Please help us insure that they stay on our public lands, without human interference.
With more terrifying roundups already scheduled, it is imperative that we take action now.
Tell Secretary Salazar to end the capture and slaughter of wild horses and burros and allow them to remain free on our public lands.
Friends of Animals
P.S. - Please join us March 25 in Washington, DC for our "March for Mustangs." We will gather at 1 p.m. in Lafayette Square Park to hold a press conference and rally demanding that President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar end these roundups. After the rally, we will march to the Department of the Interior building and hand deliver a letter to Secretary Salazar. Go to www.FriendsofAnimals.org for more information.
We, the undersigned, are appalled by the treatment of wild horses and burros on public lands. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its contractors, under your direction, has chased, run down and corralled these animals simply to appease private interests who seek to profit from their removal. Many horses have died, and foals born prematurely, during these roundups.
As you are aware, the vast majority of horses and burros who survive the roundups spend the remainder of their lives in BLM holding pens – at the taxpayers’ expense. Oftentimes, the so-called “adopted” horses, which the BLM has no problem touting, wind up in slaughterhouses where they are butchered for their meat.
Wild horses and burros must be respected – not run down, not corralled and not sold to be slaughtered. Proposals that advocate the capture and relocation of these animals only put them at risk.
We call on you to immediately end the roundup of wild horses and burros. They must be allowed to remain free on the open, public lands on which they live.