BLM helicopter roundups continue to destroy wild horse herds
No start date for the round ups by the government? No surprise there really. Pressure needs to be placed on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to address this issue to us – her employers – the American public. Here is a link to the US Dept of the Interior contact page. When you get a moment in the coming days, give them a call, email them or even send a letter by post. It is the least we can do to stop this travesty. ~ HfH
The Cloud Foundation Asks Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to end the abuse
ROCK SPRINGS, WY. (Nov. 26, 2013) – The Cloud Foundation (TCF) adamantly opposes the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) continuing policy of rounding up wild horses in brutal weather conditions as witnessed by humane observers at the Adobe Town/ Salt Wells roundup in southern Wyoming this week. TCF calls on Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, to step in and put an end to what the Colorado non-profit characterizes as “taxpayer funded animal abuse.”
Temperatures in the low teens in the Adobe Town/Salt Wells Complex (ATSW) did not stop the BLM from running wild horses, including small foals only a few months of age, to trap sites miles away from where the mustangs were attempting to survive wintry conditions. At least one small foal was unable to keep up with its mother according to humane observers of the operation. They also reported adult horses coming into the trap site wet from sweat, a formula for respiratory complications.
BLM announced the roundup start date less than 36 hours before the helicopters took to the air on November 21st, despite calls from the public asking the agency for an estimate of when the roundup was to begin. “I have been calling the Rock Springs BLM office every two weeks since August requesting a start date,” states Carol Walker, noted equine photographer, author, and wild horse advocate. “They started this operation without any reasonable public notification in horrible conditions right before Thanksgiving.”
The last minute notification flies in the face of recommendations to BLM in the National Academy of Sciences Report calling for improved transparency, as well as better, more meaningful communication with the interested public.
The roundup conforms to the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RGSA) Consent Decree issued on July 17, 2013 requiring removal of all wild horses from private lands within the checkerboard portion (a two million acre swath of public, state and private land in Sweetwater and Carbon counties) of the ATSW complex by the end of 2013. Rather than proceeding in favorable weather, the decision to begin appears to be based on the availability of the roundup contractor, Cattoor Livestock.
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