BLM helicopter roundups continue to destroy wild horse herds

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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
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From: American Wild Horse Preservation

The Cloud Foundation Asks Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to end the abuse

wildhorses6ROCK 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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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
7 Comments
  • ROBYN

    LEFT A MESSAGE FOR SALLY JEWELL. YOU MUST ASK FOR HER DEPARTMENT DIRECTLY.
    SHE NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE WANTS AND DESIRES OF THE TAX PAYERS AND THE NAS STUDY.
    SHE NEEDS TO STOP THIS INSANITY OF WAREHOUSING
    OUR WILD HORSES.
    TIRED OF HER IGNORING THESE ISSUES.

    November 29, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    oh dear god in heaven! this is so devastating i can’t imagine these cruel people can do this!! what is wrong with them! and there leading our country torturing our own! they have got to be stopped!!!!

    November 29, 2013
  • Penny Zielstorf

    This has gone to far we the American people need to do something that is going to work we have sent letters, emailed everyone and their brother. We have called, bagged, boycotted eating red meat.
    The Gov is going to take and the land they have a plan and it is just not about the cattle, they also have a plan for our wild ones. Why is the USDA pushing these processing plants to set up for slaughtering horses. Why is the BLM stock piling horses, actually to point of 50K, why is the foals of no use. When it happens it is going to happen so fast there will be no way to stop it. If they get one plant open we are done. The wild ones are the only pure ones they are not shot up with any drugs.
    I don’t have the answers, but I am willing to fight by the side of anyone that does to save this beloved horses and burros.

    November 29, 2013
    • Dear Penny, again the BLM does it because they can !!!!!!!!!! Until all of Americas people make it so they cant they will !!!!!!!!

      November 30, 2013
  • Barbara Leonard

    Every time I leave a message on the DOI website, I get “error”….so I’m guessing I’m blocked from commenting….figures!

    November 29, 2013
  • Karen

    Helicopters should be grounded. Too bad horses aren’t capable of kicking the Helicopters out of the sky.! They most definitely would deserve it.

    November 29, 2013
  • Rotten miserable low life Bastards…………….

    November 29, 2013