STOP the EXTERMINATION OF America's Wild Horses and Burros and Restore their Protections
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The Fate of over 100,000 America's Wild Horses and Burros is under Threat of EXTERMINATION pending potential approval of the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI)/ Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s 2018 “BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS”. The BLM’s Budget calls for provisions that if passed would strip protections and effectively allow the BLM to shoot and kill wild horses and burros and sell wild horses and burros for slaughter.
In September of 2016, when public outcry against the recommended killing of 45,000 wild American horses and burros reached mainstream level it caught the attention of some of the most powerful mainstream media outlets. The combination of these factors brought increased exposure to the systemic mistreatment and reckless mismanagement of the wild horses and our public lands.
Statements were then issued to mainstream press by BLM spokespersons, and the new headlines camouflaged and strengthened an ongoing cover up by the BLM, leaving the public in the dark. Meanwhile America’s wild horses and burros remain subject to the corrupt practices of the DOI/ BLM, via the BLM's underground pipeline of killing and slaughter.
A so-called formal decision was promised to be publicized by the BLM in the spring of 2017, but instead they buried their DEATH SENTENCE in the DOI, BLM 2018 Budget documents, and more than doubled the number of innocent wild American Mustangs and Burros to be KILLED, to over 100,000. Their new proposed language would license them to SHOOT TO KILL and SELL FOR SLAUGHTER both free roaming and captured wild Mustangs and Burros, including those whom have been brutally rounded up and are currently held wrongly under encampment.
There are over 200 million acres of public rangelands in the U.S. where these native wild animals could roam freely, but they are quickly being eliminated by the same governmental agencies that claim to protect them. Unless action is taken, America’s wild equids will continue to vanish – a potentially catastrophic scenario for generations to come.
We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to protect, care and feed these animals and we want their freedom and federal protection to be restored on the range. We urge the government to pass and enforce Federal protections for America's wild horses and burros and the support of comprehensive and science based solution oriented rangeland management, maintenance and restoration of this wild native species to our rangelands as part of the natural ecosystem. We want the government to model reverence and recognition of their indigenous heritage to North America and their inherent abilities to compliment the natural environment as a native species.
We cannot allow the dangerous and violent expulsion of America’s Mustangs from our lands. Through this petition and the Saving America's Horses initiative we can raise awareness, aim public outcry to stop the killing and reverse the degradation to open rangelands caused by BLM mismanagement, and restore the protections needed for our horses and burros, help expose the systemic corruption that has left virtually worthless the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which is supposed to protect horses and burros. We can do this, but we must act swiftly, get the true facts to the masses and effect the positive change that's needed. We must stand together to put an end to the scandalous mistreatment of these sentient beings and extend a circle of compassion to all living things.
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