This is why its actually a best practice to send an email or letter yourself in your own words. Its keeps the opposition from another thing to complain about. Some online petitions allow you to change the wording in the email template. Take a few minutes to do so. You can use the facts provided to back up what you want to say, just alter the words to add your specific concerns with what is going on. In defense of petitions, it does not mean the people who use templates are liars. Nothing could be further from the truth, in many cases the petition letter expresses what they feel – their letters should still count. ~ HfH
From: The Spectrum
By: Tracie Sullivan
CEDAR CITY – Last week wild horse advocates touted that 35,000 comments had been filed with the Bureau of Land Management opposing the agency’s proposed horse roundup in Iron and Beaver Counties — but officials say that number is about 10,000 off.
And of the 26,723 that were filed — 26,574 of those were a form letter — it was the same wording, just different signatures.
“Generally what happens is that different groups like the Sierra Club will write a letter and then send it out to their constituency to have them sign it. It’s the same wording in each letter and generally it’s all opinion based,” said BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall.
The comments were part of an environmental assessment being conducted by the BLM in order to do a series of roundups that would reduce approximately 700 wild horses from the Bible Spring Complex located in Iron and Beaver Counties.
While the BLM recognizes only 149 comments of the total were individually written Crandall said officials still “value” all of them.
“We take into account that it mattered enough to 27,000 people that they took the time to sign the letter and send in their thoughts,” she said. “But when we sit down to go over the comments it’s the ones address specific concerns and issues as opposed to those that simply express opinions that receive a formal response. These are the most useful to us — the ones that raise specific issues.”