Targeting of Wild Horses for Range Damage Caused By Private Livestock Brings Protest


The Bureau of Land Management is far more interested in placating the millionaire cattle ranchers instead of keeping the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Millions of cattle ill suited to a drought environment are overlooked as the cause to the ravaged ranges … no its a scant thousands of horses here and there that are the cause. Very absurd. ~ HfH

From: EquiMed

Photo by T. Fitch

Photo by T. Fitch

Private Commercial Livestock Special Interests Dominate Gov’t Advisory Board as They Target Wild Horses for Range Damage Caused By Private Livestock

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition, and its founding organization, Return to Freedom, responded strongly to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommendation that the agency focus on range damage caused by wild horses instead of the damage caused by private livestock, which dominate western public lands.

The recommendation was made today (4/16/2014) at the end of a two-day meeting of the Advisory Board in Sacramento, CA.

Despite three years of drought and the worst drought on record hitting western states, the BLM continues to allow private livestock to graze on public lands where wild horses are facing extreme range conditions.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Suzanne Dunham

    What I want to know is why Washington and Mr. Obama are ignoring this situation!!!!! We’ve been petitioning them for a long as I can remember, and we keep getting ignored. What’s up with that????? The cattle ranchers are the ones destroying the land, not the horses. Our world is being destroyed by the rich!!!!

    April 23, 2014
  • Elaine Brown

    Horses have been maintaining the ranges for millennium. They have flat hooves which do not muck up the water holes as the cloven hooves of cattle and sheep do. The nomadic WH&Bs chew the tops of grasses and flora leaving the plants in tact but also spreading the seeds in their little green apples which make the perfect sprouting medium. Horses prune the brush that causes fires.

    They are the creatures God intended to maintain the plains. We knew that and understood their worth in 1971 when they were protected with the support of over 90% of Americans and one of the last unanimous votes ever taken in Congress.

    Today, they are being maligned and condemned by the greed and avarice of ranchers, hunters, and Big Energy.

    April 24, 2014
  • Dear Elaine i agree fully with you, The Mustangs are and have been the Range Balance , they help sustain all wildlife and the Land!!!!

    April 25, 2014