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The BLM Has No Heart

Story ID:11135
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various various USA
Year:2016
Person:HSUS
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In my opinion- the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has no heart. Aside from carrying
out cruel helicopter roundups of wild horses in the past which is tantamount to running
some of them to death, last week they made the decision to kill 45,000 wild horses
currently being held captive in government facilities throughout the US.

Why are they being held captive in the first place when clearly the Wild Horse and Burro
Act of 1971 which Wild Horse Annie (Velma Bronn Johnston) worked so hard to get passed
in Congress should have prevented this from happening? If you haven’t already guessed
why – it is to allow privately owned cattle to graze on the land bequeathed to the horses
and burros by virtue of this act.

I may be going out on a limb here but if this is public land – shouldn’t the public have
a say on how it is used? Maybe meat eaters will side with the cattle barons and the
BLM and maybe they won’t- but for a certainty people who love and respect these
beautiful wild horses of the West will not want them removed and killed for commercial
interests.

Organizations which have interest and concern in helping our wild horses have been
arguing for using birth control to minimize population growth. However, reading about
one of their ways of implementing this had me shaking my head in disbelief. Can’t we
do anything right for these magnificent creatures who are a part of our western history?
There must be a compassionate way to do this.

The Humane Society of the United States said of this plan: “The decision of the BLM
advisory board to recommend the destruction of the 45,000 wild horses currently in holding
facilities is a complete abdication of responsibility for their care. The agency would not be
in this situation but for their long-term mis-management. Alternatives to this proposal have
been ignored for over 20 years.”

I often try to appeal to the president re animal issues. Sadly, I do not think he is too concerned
in this regard. However, I will send this post to him where it will probably never be read by
him or even addressed by his mail helpers.

I am glad that Anne Novak, Founder and Exceutive Director of Protect Mustangs was horrified
by this news . She started a Care2 pettion to demand that the BLM disregard the Advisory Board’s
recommendation, and instead return the horses and burros to public lands.

Yes, I signed and with my signature a prayer also that justice and kindness will prevail for these
45,000 horses whose care should be in compassionate hands and apparently are not.