- Ryan ZinkeSecretary of the Interior
Tell Secretary Zinke To Save Our Wild Horses!
The persecution of our nation’s wild horses is at an all-time high, and it is disgusting to hear the Bureau of Land Management's reasons for wanting to wipe out these American Icons! They have said on multiple occasions that they have no other options than to slaughter the horses that they round up—but there are many other alternatives that they refuse to entertain, because they just want this “problem” to go away so that they can appease the special interests in the swamp in Washington!
This is not a complicated issue, and it is absurd that our government insists on wasting time and taxpayer money when we stand ready to come in and fix this issue for them. We have the tools and resources to make this right, and we are ready and willing to work with the new administration to solve this issue once and for all! For years, Madeleine Pickens, Founder of Saving America's Mustangs, has been working tirelessly, and investing millions of her own money into creating a sanctuary for America's wild horses, Mustang Monument. Yet, despite her continued efforts, the BLM refuses to work with her, and instead have opted to implement copious roadblocks to keep her from operating her sanctuary, and sharing the wonder of these animals with the public!
Join us as we address Secretary Zinke directly, and tell him that we, the American people, are unwilling to allow this administration to slaughter tens of thousands of innocent horses, when we have real, sustainable alternatives available NOW! Our wild horses need a voice, and our government needs a solution--we ARE that voice, and we ARE that solution! Say NO to slaughter!
- Secretary of the Interior
The 2018 fiscal budget proposal speculates that 10 million could be saved annually by lifting long-standing restrictions that would allow wild horses currently being held by the Bureau of Land Management, to be sold to slaughterhouses or to be euthanized. The BLM has given up on finding an ethical solution to our wild horse population, calling it “unsustainable,” and has instead opted to decimate an American Icon. Mr. Secretary, our government has entertained this issue for long enough, and it’s time for a real leader, like yourself, to step up and insist that an ethical, sustainable solution be implemented for our wild horses.
It may be easy to forget these days, but the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFHBA) of 1971 states that “wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the live of the American people.” They are an integral part of our heritage as Americans, and just as they helped us to grow and prosper, it is now our turn to return the favor, by ensuring that we pursue ethical, sustainable solutions when planning for the future of these animals.
And there ARE ethical, sustainable solutions out there, that are not being properly utilized or funded. The wild horse population in the Outer Banks in North Carolina has been properly limited using the humane fertility control, PZP, yet the BLM utilizes less than 1% of its budget on it, and 72% of the budget to round up and remove horses. No wonder the birth control method is viewed as being "ineffective,"--it's hardly being used at all! Additionally, there are a collection of private entities, such as Mustang Monument in Nevada, that the government could partner with and transfer some of these horses onto their land, but these partnerships aren't being pursued, and instead long-term holding corrals are being favored--at the expense of the taxpayer, no less! Furthermore, deals could be reached with ranchers to reduce their presence on public lands, opening up more space for wild horses to thrive, and doing so would be MUCH cheaper than continually spending 10 million a year to keep these horses locked up. These are just a few of the alternative solutions that could be pursued, but for whatever reason, the American government seems insistent that selling these horses to slaughterhouses is the only solution, and this is woefully false.
We as Americans demand that the efforts of our government be redirected towards ensuring that these animals are protected for generations to come, so that this vital connection to the great American West isn't lost forever. These horses help define our identity as Americans, and without them--if we foolishly allow them to be erased from our public lands--we lose a part of who we are and how we became this great nation.
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