The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently conducting a roundup of over 2,500 wild horses in Nevada's Calico Mountains. Two horses have already died in the first week and many more are likely to be injured, not to mention their family structures destroyed, before they even make it to the holding facilities.
These horses are supposed to be protected under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The BLM isn't supposed to be authorized to remove the horses or to house them on privates lands and lands away from their home territories. The BLM has used secrecy and deceit -- bypassing public comment periods and claiming healthy herds are starving -- in order to deplete the population of these American icons. The roundups are unnecessary, inhumane, and a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Please ask President Obama and your representatives to call for an immediate moratorium on BLM roundups and a review of wild horse programs.
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Despite a declaration that gathers are open to the public, the BLM ignored the judge's recommendation to postpone the Calico roundup and move it to private lands where it would be hidden from the public. In addition, the BLM has repeatedly tried to conduct gathers without public comment periods or appropriate environmental or cost assessments.
Wild horses are not starving, nor are they overpopulated. As less than 1% of the animals grazing on public land, they are not responsible for degradation of the range either. Instead of allowing them to continue to live where they're supposed to be protected by the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM wants to spend over $50 million a year to corral them.
The lack of transparency in the BLM's wild horse programs violates the trust of the American people, wastes tax dollars, and, as the U.S. District Court Judge agreed, is most likely illegal.
Please save our wild horses, an American icon, by suspending the current roundups and calling for a review of the wild horse program.